Seniors Activities at a Glance

Older Adult Centre
Members News
Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2009

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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



Tuesdays, 11:35 am - 12:15 pm Fee: $1.00 per visit.
Watch the Program Board for start dates.

Love to curl or play shuffleboard? Come out and try this new game. Players glide the "stones" toward the target. The one closest to the bull's-eye scores a point, and pusher may be used.


Tuesday, May 5 - May 26, 2009 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fee: $6.00 for 4 weeks (pre-registration is required).

Learn this wonderful heirloom craft. Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces.

Urban Pole Walking

Tuesdays, 9:15 am - 10:15 am Starting on May 5, 2009
Fee: $5.00 per visit (poles are provided).

Looking to update your walk? Urban poling provides a full body workout that burns additional calories, increases your heart rate and oxygen consumption more than you would achieve by simply walking. Yet, you don't feel as though you're working any harder. In essence, you burn on average about 20 per cent more calories, work extra muscles and gain greater aerobic benefits. Class includes warm-up in the Centre, pole walking outside and a stretch afterwards!


Do you enjoy watching "Dancing with the Stars"? Then you will love to see live demonstrations of International and Latin Ballroom Dancing!

Friday, May 8, 2009. Starting at 7:30 pm
Ticket Price: Members $8.00, Guests (all ages) $10.00.

Watch a salsa demonstration, then try it out for yourself, or ballroom dance with Merilyn's class. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts top off this elegant evening.


Our volunteers continue to play a key and instrumental role in your service delivery. Together, our 19 volunteers remain strong, driven and committed to superior customer service. We invite you to join us and make a difference at your Centre today. For more information regarding volunteering, contact Karmela Buzdon, Volunteer Coordinator (905) 615-3207.


Donegal Fiddlers Orchestra and Lunch

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Depart: 9:00 am
Return: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Early Bird Ticket Price: $65 for Members, $70 for Guests.

Enjoy a catered lunch at Norwood Town Hall and then wonderful entertainment by the Donegal Fiddlers Orchestra. This orchestra, of mostly ladies, has toured New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec to standing ovations. Time permitting - a coffee stop on the way.


While most of us think paperwork is, at best, a necessary evil, to the Administrative Team at the Older Adult Centre, it is very exciting. The details included on all the membership, program and donation forms we process daily tell some very interesting stories. However, as the Centre has grown, our ability to manage all this great knowledge has been chalalenged.

To ensure we could plan well for the future and protect our members' privacy, we needed sophisticated software to help us sort through this information. After extensive research, a product was purchased, and in March 2009 all staff attended training sessions for our new relational software: Income Manager. Training was excellent and focused on each very useful component of the software including event and volunteer management. The software was installed on all systems and the converted membership data was downloaded into the new software. In addition, an imaging software was installed on all systems to allow other mission critical files to be saved to our new data storage drive ensuring a high level of security.

Achieving this level of sophisticated data management is a hallmark of maturity for the Centre. As well as assisting with the financial reporting required by a charity, using this software will, over time, greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the work achieved by the Board and Staff of the Centre.

Alhough it will take some time to update records, over the next few years, the ability to track trends, report accurately and pull essential information in minutes, will provide many new pathways and opportunities for directing fundraising, programming, volunteer and marketing activities. This software purchase and staff training was made possible by an Ontariio Trillium Foundation grant. Many thanks to the Planned Giving Committee and in particular to Sue Hesjedahl for piloting this very successful endeavor.

Written by Anne Goldspink Norman, Administrative Coordinator


Friday, November 6, 2009 - 4:00 pm Show

The Toronto performance of the new Cirque Du Soleil show is "OVO" - a teeming world of insects.

At the heart of the show, there is a love story between a gawky new insect in town and a luscious Lady Bug. The cast comprises of 53 performing artists from 13 countries.

Please see the Travel board for ticket information.


Tour the World at Carassauga. This fabulous multicultural festival held throughout Mississauga on May 22, 23, and 24, 2009. Buy your Carassauga Passport Tickets at the Admnistration Office.


Please see the attached Donation Form. All of the donors will be invited to a special Tree of Sharing on Friday, June 5, 2009 to thank you for your support.


Are you planning to purchase gift cards for an upcoming celebration or to help budget for your regular shopping? If you answered yes, why not purchase your gift cards at the Centre. Our Centre receives a percentage from all the orders. The deadline this month is Friday, May 29, 2009 at noon. The orders will be ready to be picked up on Friday, June 5, 2009. Order Forms have been inserted with this Newsletter.


Let's see how fast we can get to One Million! Check your pockets and drawers for pennies and bring a few every time you come to the Centre. The collection jar is located at the Administration Office.

2009 - 2010 Volunteer Board of Directors

Pat Fyffe - President
Shirley Corbett - Past President
Esther Williams - Vice President
Robert Lomon - Controller
Alice Dods - Director, Administration & Secretary
Marion Duff - Director, Facilities
Judy Willson - Director, Programs & Cafeteria
Sasha Zivkovic - Director, Special Events & Fundraisers
Shirley Corbett - Director, Travel
Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers
Lewis Lawrence - Vice President, Facility Operations (Emeritus)
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
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)

Older Adult Centre

Supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Affiliated with City of Mississauga