Seniors Activities at a Glance

Older Adult Centre
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Volume 11, Issue 3, Fall 2010

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Our Mission
Board of Director's Update
Executive Director's Update
SOSWS Update
Cam Wooledge - Mississauga Senior of the Year
Volunteer Board of Directors
Older Adult Centre Staff
Volunteering - Christmas Gift Wrap
One Check Mark a Day
SOSWS - Be Informed, Be Healthy
SOSWS - First Anniversary


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

Board of Director's Update

Summer is a time for relaxing and renewal. I hope you spent time enjoying it.

Your Board of Directors met on August 25, 2010 at Chartwell Classic Robert Speck and worked diligently on the 5-year Business Plan. Ana analysis of our 5-year projections showed that we are in a deficit position. This required a review of our fees. We noted that membership fees remained unchanged for five years (2006-2010) due to socio-economic conditions. However, as our expenses have increased, we were forced to increase membership fees from $24 (residents) and $28 (non-residents) to $26 (residents) and $30 (non-residents) effective January 1, 2011. (Note: "Residents" refer to City of Mississauga only). While this increase will not defray the deficit, it will alleviate some of the pressure.

While planning for the future of the Centre, it is imperative that we put your needs first and that is why our program fees are kept affordable. Your membership in Older Adult Centre coordinates with membership in Square One Seniors Wellness Services and gives access to all Seniors Wellness Services programs.

You have given your support to the Centre without hesitation. In addition to our once-a-year fundraisers, Tree of Sharing, Walk-a-thon, etc., the Donor Board is a constant to which you can donate throughout the year. Your Fall Brochure has added new programs which I am sure you will enjoy. Thank you for your continued support. 2011 Winter Brochure will be available on Monday, December 6, 2010 and Winter Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

Hats Off to:

Malini Sattan: our 2010 summer student who worked tirelessly updating our Square One Shopping Centre discount list, conducting the survey of needs, interest and trends and assisting with the Canada Day Children's Festival.

The Staff: Anne, Laura, Lina and Karmela - for their dedication to the planning and running of another successful Walk-a-thon. (Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director, will give the details).

Your Board of Directors: who braved the heat to analyze the 5-year Business Plan.

Sue and Laura: who saw the need for a Code of Conduct for members of the Centre and created one.

~ Esther Williams, President

Executive Director's Update

2010 Walk-a-thon:

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in or donated to our annual Walk-a-thon on October 1, 2010. We achieved the highest pledge collection ever at $21,500+!! This is $1,000 more than last year. Wow, that is amazing!! These terrific results wouldn't be possible without the incredible effort and generosity of our top 3 pledge collectors and top 2 group collectgors.

Congratulations and thank you to Cam Wooledge (raised $6,000). Edna Michelin (raised $4,928), Corinne McCallum (raised $556). What a team effort from our Mall Walkers Group - 26 of them raised $3,901, and to the Chinese Golden Age Seniors - 8 of them raised $1,074. Thank you again to all who contributed.

Square One Seniors Wellness Services (SOSWS) Update:

During our enlightening Business Strategy Plan meetings in August and September 2010, the Board of Directors of SOSWS solidified the Vision and Mission of the new Charity. SOSWS Board members include: Esther Williams (President), Judy Willson (Vice President), Bob Lomon (Treasurer), Alice Dods (Secretary) and Pat Fyffe (Director).

Vision Statement:

Achieving optimum health and wellness for seniors.

Mission Statement:

Square One Seniors Wellness Services is a charitable organization servint the community of Mississauga. We provide quality health and wellness services in partnership with Older Adult Centre.

More details on SOSWS's values, priorities, policies and services will be shared in the 2011 Winter Brochure.

~ Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director

Cam Wooledge:
Winner of Mississauga Senior of the Year Award

Cam Wooledge recently received the Mississauga Senior Citizen of the Year Award. It was handed out by the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Lakeshore. Photo by Sue Hesjedahl.
Cam Wooledge, January 2011

See Senior of the Year Award info from Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI).
See also Outstanding senior recognized. Article by Julia Le, Mississauga News Online, 17 January 2011.

Excerpt of Julia Le's article:

          "Cam Wooledge has spent much of her life helping others. And at age 82, the Port Credit resident shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to volunteering.
          Wooledge . . . was recently presented with the Mississauga Senior Citizen of the Year Award at a banquet held at the Mississauga Seniors Centre. The award, presented by the Rotary Club of Mississauga - Lakeshore, recognizes a senior who makes an outstanding commitment to the community.
          Wooledge spends about 25 hours per week volunteering at the Older Adult Centre and a number of seniors' residences in Mississauga. She was nominated by Sue Hesjedahl, executive director of the older adult centre, who commended Wooledge for being a true community volunteer, rising above a childhood of abuse and neglect to help others.
          Hesjedahl says Wooledge has dedicated her life to improving the lives of seniors and children through volunteerism and fundraising efforts. Wooledge single-handedly raised $6,000 for the older adult centre through its annual walk-a-thon and has been the top fundraiser for the last three years.
          'Cam has an amazing gift of whistling and shares her wonderful gift with seniors across our community,' Hesjedahl added. 'She brightens the lives of each senior she performs for.'
          Wooledge, meanwhile, says she's just keeping a promise to God she made as a child --- that if she survived the pain, she'd dedicate her life to making others happy. "For at least 60-70 years I've kept my word," she said. "I love to help kids and seniors and see the joy on their faces."
          Wooledge said receiving the award has lifted her spirits after a trying year in which her husband, three of her sisters and her best friend all died. Helping others and whistling great tunes helps her cope, she added."

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Click here to hear Cam Wooledge whistle "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". Recorded in 2008.

Cam Wooledge on YouTube:

Cam Wooledge - Whistler. January 4, 2007.

Cam Wooledge - Chartwell Senior Star Whistles It's Now or Never. Third Prize Winner, June 18, 2009.

Cam Wooledge whistles Fernando by ABBA 2010 Senior Star Competition. June 17, 2010.


Esther Williams - President
Pat Fyffe - Past President
Robert Lomon - Acting Vice President
Robert Lomon - Controller
Alice Dods - Director, Administration & Secretary
Judy Willson - Director, Programs & Cafeteria
Juliet Rebello - Director, Travel
Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers
Tessie Buena - Director at Large

Lewis Lawrence - Vice President, Facility Operations (Emeritus)
Frank Dale - Ex-Officio Director, Ward 4 Councillor, City of Miississauga
Wendy Murdock - Ex-Officio Director, City of Mississauga

Linda Keen-Lausberg - Ex-Officio Director, Square One Shopping Centre

View photos of current Members of Board of Directors

Older Adult Centre STAFF

Sue Hesjedahl - Executive Director
Laura Surman - Program Coordinator (with responsibility for Centre Supervision)
Anne Goldspink Norman - Administration and Facility Coordinator
Lina Zita - Marketing and Community Development Coordinator
Karmela Buzdon - Volunteer Coordinator
Joan Crews - Saturday Receptionist
Genni Iwanski - Saturday Receptionist

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


Gift Certificates:

Older Adult Centre gift certificates may be purchased for memberships and program registrations. Gift certificates make a great gift for friends and relatives.

Entertainment Books:

Available for Toronto and many cities across North America.

Crafter's Club Show & Sale:

November 22 - 26, 2010, in the Lobby.

Volunteering ... Christmas Gift Wrap

Saturday, December 4 through Friday, December 24, 2010:

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.

One Check Mark a Day Makes Sure Our Government Will Pay!

Older Adult Centre has been asked to provide daily attendance figures to Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in order to ensure that we receive our Elderly Persons Centre funding grant.

No personal information is required - just check in on the clip board the first time you enter the Centre on any given day so we can be sure to include you in our daily count. This important funding assists with the Centre's operation and maintenance costs.

That's one check mark per person each day to make sure the Centre gets paid.

Square One Seniors Wellness Services Invites You to Attend ...
Be Informed - Be Healthy:
Drug Awareness & Older Adult Health

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Noon - 3:30 p.m.

Please pick up your FREE ticket at the Administration Office.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program


Square One Seniors Wellness Services (SOSWS)
First Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, December 9, 2010
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Please pick up your FREE ticket at the Administration Office. Sponsored by: Amica at City Centre and Amica at Erin Mills.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Christmas Lunch and Dance
Tickets: $20 members, $22 guests 50+
Sponsored by: revera Living

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Christmas Music
Tickets: $4 members, $5 guests
Sponsored by: Bayshore Home Health

Friday, December 31, 2010, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
New Year's Eve Party
Tickets: $15 members, $22 guests 50+
Sponsored by: Heritage Glen Community for Seniors, and Regency Retirement Residence.

Telephone Reassurance Program

This FREE and confidential program gives peace of mind to seniors who live alone. This program provides a daily, safety-check phone call, Monday through Friday.

Pick up your Client Application Form at the Admin Office or call 905-615-3207 for information.

Telephone reassurance program funded by the Mississauga-Halton LHIN. Partnership with Peel Senior Link and Square One Seniors Wellness Services

Movers & Shakers Update:

Travel Office Hours for December 2010: Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Casino Rama:

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - Buy one ticket and receive one FREE. This special is FOR MEMBERS ONLY!!

Older Adult Centre

Supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Affiliated with City of Mississauga