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Older Adult Centre
Members News

Volume 9, Issue 2, Fall 2008

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A Centre, operated by and for Mississauga's Older Adult Residents
who are 50+ years of age,
which provides social, health, educational and recreational opportunities
to enhance their quality of life.
100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214,
Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9 Canada
(905) 615-3207
Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year in style! Line dance and ballroom dance, play cards and dominoes, socialize with friends and enjoy hors d'oevres and desserts all afternoon.

Tickets: $12.00 Members, $14.00 Guests 50+

Holiday Hours

The Centre will be closed on December 24, 25 and 26, 2008. Table tennis will run on Saturday, December 27. There will be regular drop-in programs on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30, with a special Christmas Toonie Bingo at 1:30 p.m. on December 30. The Centre is offering limited programs and our New Year's Eve Party at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31. The Centre will be closed Thursday, January 1, 2009. Our regular programs will resume on Friday, January 2, 2009.

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

Thank you for your continued support of Older Adult Centre. Together, we have achieved great things in the last few months. We thank all who participated in and contributed to our most successful Walk-a-thon in October 2008 raising over $19,000 (exceeding our goal by $3,000). We sincerely thank the 82 members and volunteers who came out that morning to participate. You should be very proud of yourselves. We congratulate Edna Michelin, Cam Wooledge and George Toyota who were again our top 3 pledge collectors! We thank our event sponsor: Chartwell Classic at Robert Speck.

I would like to congratulate our full-time staff (Laura, Anne, Karmela and Lina) for their continued excellent service and dedication to our members and volunteers of Older Adult Centre. Over the last year, we have increased our membership enrollment to an all time record high of over 1500 members.

I would also like to comment on the great commitment from our Board of Directors who support me and the staff to achieve great things. We would not have succeeded if we did not have such exellence on our Board. A listing of the Board of Directors is on the back page of this newsletter. Annually, the Board of Directors reviews the 5-Year Vision and Strategies for Achievement and updates our Business Plan for the Centre. This year, we are looking at expanding our health services, creating new partnerships and other self sustaining projects. We continue to receive excellent support from the City of Mississauga, Square One Shopping Centre and the Mississauga Central Lions Club. We have received government grants this year from the Ontario Trillium Foundation focusing on marketing and community development. As noted in our Donor Board Letter, we received capital funding to renovate the Program Room from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Service Canada gave us a small grant to hire a summer student this past summer. We also receive a small grant annually from the Ministry of Health under the Elderly Person Centre Grant (EPC).

We are working on creating some new funding opportunities for our Centre. Recently, we submitted two proposals to the Mississauga Halton LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) asking for modest funding to start a Telephone Reassurance Program and a free Dental Screening Program at the Older Adult Centre. We will be meeting with a lawyer soon to explore the requirements to become a registered charity and therefore have the ability to issue our own tax receipts to our generous donors. At this point in time, we are an incorporated non-profit organization. Becoming a charity would open doors to new funding and government support.

Older Adult Centre has been an active member of the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO) for 15 years and I have served on the Board of Directors of the OACAO for over 10 years in various capacities. My involvement with the provincial association has provided me with opportunities to network and share ideas with colleagues across the province. The OACAO has been actively advocating on behalf of Older Adult Centres across Ontario. For more information, please check out their website at Our Centre has received funding from the Ontario Senior Secretariat via the OACAO to offer our annual Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs. Our next Fair is scheduled for March 2009. Laura, Karmela and I recently attended the OACAO annual conference and had the opportunity to learn from expert speakers on current topics. I look forward to holding the position of 1st Vice President of the OACAO for 2008/2009 as we continue to advocate for Older Adult Centres including enhanced funding from the Ministry of Health.

Please take note of the green insert in this newsletter. This is our Annual Donor Board Letter and donation form. We hope that you will consider participating in this campaign.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing you often at the Older Adult Centre.

~ Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director

Do Your Christmas Shopping with Us and Support Your Centre

2009 Entertainment Book Fundraiser

Each book costs $25.00 and there are thousands of dollars in local savings in every book. 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.

Crafter's Club Show & Sale

From November 17 to November 20, 2008 in the Centre lobby.

Christmas Gift Raffle

From November 25 to December 4, 2008 in the Centre lobby.

Gift Cards/Certificates

Purchase your gift cards/certificates from a large number of major retailers. For every $250.00 order, you will receive a free adult admission to Cineplex theatre. Submit your form and payment by Friday, November 28, 2008 at the Administration Office.

Christmas Gift Wrap

From Saturday, December 6 to Wednesday, December 24, 2008. Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 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. The Centre is looking for donations of Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags, boxes, Christmas cards, bows, and ribbons.

2008 - 2009 Volunteer Board of Directors

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

View photos of current Members of Board of Directors


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

Peter Hammond, LL.B. - Legal Consultant (Volunteer)

Employment Opportuity: Keep Fit and Get Paid

Older Adult Centre is seeking a part-time employee to help with table and chair set-up for programs and special events. Call Anne at 905-615-3207.

Upcoming Bus Trip

Christmas Dinner and Lights Tour on December 11, 2008.

Trip stops: Big Apple, World's Finest Chocolates, Empire Cheese, buffet dinner at Woodlawn Inn, Christmas lights tour of Cobourg and Bowmanville.

Christmas Lunch and Dance

Thursday, December 4, 2008 starting at 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings and then enjoy live dance music with the Excelsior Jazz Band.

Tickets: $20 Members, $22 Guests 50+
Dress up event.

Christmas Music

Thursday, December 18, 2008 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Sing along with our choir to your favourite Christmas songs, then enjoy hot apple cider and cookies.

Tickets: $4 Members, $5 Guests (all ages).

2009 Is Almost Here

2009 Memberships will go on sale beginning Monday, December 1, 2008. Rates will remain the same in 2009: Memberships cost $24 for Mississauga residents, $28 for non-residents for the 2009 calendar year.

Watch for the 2009 Winter brochure for these new programs:

Computer Club - Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Billiards/Pool - At Regency, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

Wii Bowling League - Mondays, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Give the Gift of Friendship

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

Older Adult Centre

Supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Affiliated with City of Mississauga