Seniors Activities at a Glance

Older Adult Centre
Members News

Volume 8, Issue 1, Fall 2007

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Message from the President

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank each and everyone for their participation in our 15th Anniversary Crystal Extravaganza celebration which was a huge success. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the Committee who arranged the whole event. This event was subsidized by the revenue generated at the other 15th Anniversary events: Information and Active Living Fair in March, the Variety Show in May, the Mystery Bus Trip in September, plus financial support and "in kind" support from some of our constant and continual sponsors. Our thanks go to Square One Shopping Centre and Oxford Properties Group, Design2Decor Inc., Diageo, Retirement Residences Group, Balloon FX Inc., Cawthra Gardens, Swarovski, Carisma Florists, Circus Design Group Inc., Mississauga Central Lions Club, and Tilley Endurables.

We replaced the stage flooring over the summer, which is now complete and beautiful. Sorry for any inconvenience this caused. We are now moving forward with erecting some appropriate signage on the two upper entrances to the Centre and also some much needed upgrades to the Program Room. We ask for your patience while we get working on this.

We now look forward to all our winter programs and hope that everyone enjoys the coming seasonal events.

~ Shirley Corbett, President

Holiday Hours:

The Centre will be closed after 12:00 p.m. on December 24, 2007. The Centre will be closed on December 25, 26, and January 1, 2008. Fitness class will be the only drop-in program on December 24 and 31, 2007. Join us for Christmas Toonie Bingo on Thursday, December 27 and New Year's Eve Party on Monday, December 31, 2007. All drop-in programs will run on December 27 and 28, 2007.

In the event of severe weather, please contact the Centre at 905-615-3207, and listen to the voice mail message to ensure that your program will take place.

Message from the Executive Director

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the 66 participants who walked in our 10th Annual Walk-a-thon on Friday, October 19, 2007. The event was a grand success for the Older Adult Centre! Congratulations to our top three pledge collectors. Thank you to our members and friends who generously sponsored the dedicated participants. We also applaud our sponsors for the event: Breakfast Sponsor - Jack Astors, Pit Stop Sponsors - Natrel, Palisades on the Glen, Region of Peel and TOPS. We also thank the Mississauga Central Lions Club for the bags.

The Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services generously provided the Older Adult Centre with an Emergency Defibrillator, which is located in the lobby by the pay phone. All staff have been trained on the safe use of the Defibrillator.

Thank you to our 12 volunteer surveyors and to the over 140 members and 40 non-members who participated recently in the Building Bridges to Tomorrow  Survey. We worked with the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO) to conduct the surveys. The goal is to identify the issues and trends that we will face in the future and to use this data to improve our programs and services.

~ Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director


Upcoming Casino Rama trips in 2008: January 31, February 12, and February 28, 2008.

January 15, 2008: Casino Rama and "Pendragons" Show.

March 17, 2008: "Kiss the Blarney Stone" production at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, featuring Marie Gogo and Tom Leadbeater. Trip includes lunch.

Program Highlights

The Winter 2008 Activity Guide will arrive at the Centre on Monday, December 3, 2007. Registration for Winter programs will begin on Monday, December 10, 2007.

Upcoming Winter 2008 Program Highlights:

A reminder of why good programs get cancelled: Our programs can only run if we have our minimum number of participants registered in them. Therefore, it is important to register for a program at least a week before the program start date. Don't be disappointed, sign up early!

Thank you for your generous donations of books, magazines, and puzzles to our Library. Please note: Do not bring any hardcover books for the Library as we have limited space.

Special Events

A special thank you to our ethno-cultural partner groups: Chinese Golden Age Seniors, Silayan Filipino Volunteer Group, Caribbean Seniors Social Activities, Multicultural Asian Seniors, Goan Seniors, Elderly Vietnamese Seniors Association, and Iranian Seniors Group for hosting another International Christmas Lunch on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 starting at 12:30 p.m. This is a Members Only event.

Christmas Lunch and Dance on Friday, December 7, 2007 starting at 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with this festive dinner and dance. Enjoy a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, then dance to all your favorites with The Excelsior Jazz Band.

Tickets: $20/member, $22/guest 50+, and after December 6, 2007: $22/member, $24/guest 50+.

New Year's Eve Party on Monday, December 31, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year in Style! Line dance and ballroom dance, socialize with friends, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts all afternoon.

Tickets: $12/member, $14/guest 50+, and after December 30, 2007: $14/member, $16/guest 50+.

Open House on Friday, January 11, 2008 starting at 1:00 p.m.

Bring a friend for the afternoon and find out what the Centre has to offer! Find out about upcoming programs, special events, trips, meet and speak with activity leaders, and enjoy live performances.

Free admission and light refreshments will be provided.

Do Your Christmas Shopping With Us

2008 Entertainment Book Fundraiser: Each book costs $35.00 and there are thousands of dollars in local savings in every book. To use the Entertainment Book discounts, just present your coupon to a participating business. Save up to 50% and get 2 for 1 deals at top restaurants, shops, attractions, sporting events and more. Simply present your card at select fine dining restaurants, hotels, and car rentals to enjoy more savings. Available at the Administration Office. With every book purchased you will be entered in a draw to win a Older Adult Centre canvas bag with a T-shirt, passport holder and lapel pin.

Crafter's Club Show & Sale from November 19 to November 23, 2007, in the Centre lobby.

Christmas Raffle from November 21 to November 27, 2007, in the Centre lobby.

Silent Auction from December 3 to December 7, 2007, in the Centre lobby.

Christmas Gift Wrap and Coat Check Fundraiser from Saturday, December 8 to Monday, December 24, 2007, on the Lower Level of the Mall across from Black's Camera, near Wal-Mart.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Have all of your Christmas gift wrapping done in the Square One Shopping Centre this holiday season. Please see Karmela Buzdon if you are interested in volunteering for gift wrapping or coat check. The Centre is looking for donations of: Christmas gift wrapping paper, gifts tags, boxes, Christmas cards, bows, and/or ribbons.

Give the Gift of Friendship

Would you like to purchase a membership for a friend or relative? We are offering Membership Gift Cerfificates. Purchase yours today at the Administration Office.

2008 Memberships will go on sale beginning Saturday, December 1, 2007. Memberships cost $24.00 for Mississauga residents, $28.00 for non-residents for the 2008 calendar year.

Volunteer Board of Directors 2007/2008

Shirley Corbett - President
Lewis Lawrence - Vice President, Facility Operations
Pat Fyffe - Vice President, Human Resources
Rick Wilson - Controller
Marion Duff - Administration/Secretary
Shirley Corbett - Travel Alice Dods - Programs & Cafeteria
Rina Kukde - Volunteers
Esther Williams - Special Events & Fundraisers
Jean Michaels - Director at Large
Linda Keen-Lausberg - Liaison, Square One Shopping Centre
Wendy Murdock - Liaison, City of Mississauga

View photos of Members of Board of Directors


Sue Hesjedahl - Executive Director
Laura Surman - Program Coordinator
Lina Zita - Marketing and Community Development Coordinator
Anne Goldspink Norman - Administrative Coordinator
Karmela Buzdon - Volunteer Coordinator
Joan Crews - Saturday Receptionist
Gennie Iwanski - Saturday Receptionist