Beautiful, gentle Spring!! Flowers in the gardens. Longer, warmer evenings and sunny days at last!! The gateway to the Canadian summer we patiently wait for during our long winter season.
All the outdoor Activity Groups are underway, including our new casual Cycling Group. Please check out the Cycling Group in this Sentinel for more information. This is a great reason to get your bike out and enjoy the trails throughout our City and along the river paths with other seniors. If biking isn’t for you, please consider joining one of the other outdoor groups, like Golf, Canoeing, Photography and Walking. All the details for each group are in the Sentinel or on our website.
PLEASE REMEMBER: The Evergreen Building is closed to all Activity Groups from July 2nd for parking lot improvements and reopens on Tuesday, August 7th. GWSA activities that don’t take place at the Evergreen Building (golf, walking, canoeing, photography and cycling) will be unaffected by the closure of the Evergreen building. Before sharing the May calendar, I want to give a shout out to various volunteers and members who made April an incredible month of special events.
- MANON GERMAIN, Chair of the “Age Friendly Guelph Leadership Team” (AFGLT), accepted an award from the Minister of Senior Affairs on behalf of the committee. The ceremony was held in Toronto at the Sheraton Hotel. Guelph was recognized for “its strong commitment to key principles for creating an age-friendly community, including engagement with Guelph’s Seniors, collaboration with a diversity of community partners, and significant impact on the local community”. I was fortunate to be invited as a member of the AFGLT and as a representative of the GWSA. Great work Manon and committee members!!
- Nelli Jagt and I attended a Town Hall meeting on Guelph Transit hosted by Mayor Cam Guthrie and Councillors Phil Alt and June Hofland. The topic was ‘what do the citizens think could make the transit service better’. Almost 100 people attended and Nellie let the Mayor and Councillors know very clearly that Seniors need more Mobility and Community buses to give Seniors their independence back. They need to go shopping for groceries, or to medical, banking or other appointments such as hearing, dental and Sunday places of worship. Community buses should return to picking up Seniors at the front door of their complex as many Seniors can’t navigate the side-walks in the winter nor can they stand in bus shelters which don’t really provide any shelter at all. A Transit Advocate, Steve Petric, is asking concerned citizens to join his Advocacy group. The goal is to provide a business plan to City Council with suggestions for improvement. Please contact Councillors Phil Alt and June Hofland, who are GWSA members, and are willing to take your Transit concerns forward. Nelli was very impressed with the willingness of Mayor Guthrie, Phil and June to listen to the Seniors’ concerns and their promise to address them. You can contact Cam, Phil and June by calling Guelph City Hall. Great work, Nelli!!
- APRIL 11: “Membership and Marketing Committee” hosted another great New Members Social. Hats off to all the M&M members who consistently organize a very warm and welcoming social for the new GWSA members. These new members signed up between January 1st and March 31st. Ross Coulter is always a terrific “Master of Ceremony”, introducing the Board Directors and the Activity Leaders. The leaders do an excellent job explaining their Group activities, and the refreshments and the draws are always a special treat for everyone. If you missed out on your New Members Social when you joined, you are most welcome to attend the fall social. Please contact Tracy Benson in the main office and she will give you the date and add you to the list.
- APRIL 13: The ‘50s and ‘60s Easter Bunny Hop with DJ Ted Lavoie was another successful Dance. REMEMBER: Everybody is welcome, couples and singles. Great music, even if you just want to sit and listen.
- Community Support Services (CSS). The Spring Education Series will be held on Tuesdays in May at the Evergreen Centre. Topics range from dementia to food choices and how we can all bolster resilience in Seniors. Please call Pat Gage for more information at 519-837-5696.
- MAY 7: GOLF GROUP tees off with over 300 members. For more information, call Ted Pritchard 519-826-6121.
- MAY 13: Travel Group is heading to Toronto to see “Come From Away” at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. SOLD OUT!!!
- MAY 29: FREE TRANSPORTATION to the River Run to see The WINDJAMMERS. Departs at 6 pm from the Evergreen and 6:15 pm from Riverside Park (at the carousel) Please call 519-763-3000. PROMO CODE: GWSA to buy your ticket. Many, many thanks to Angela McEwen, Co-ordinator of the River Run Centre.
JUNE is SENIORS MONTH. Keep watching for all the special events to celebrate SENIORS at the GWSA.
June 12: 6-7 pm
Evening Event at Riverside Park. The GWSA Line Dancing Group is offering demonstrations
and providing an opportunity to ‘learn to Line Dance’ for families. Line Dancing is fun for all ages. Come and get involved with this great Activity. For more information, please call Margaret Waldron at 519-836-8534.
June 14: RAISE the FLAG at City Hall with Mayor Guthrie. Please join the GWSA Walking Group at the Evergreen Centre at 9:30 am and walk with the Group to City Hall, where Mayor Guthrie raises the Seniors flag to recognize June as Seniors Month. For more information, please call: Brenda Langham 519-836-8366.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The GWSA Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, June 26.
Please don’t forget that my card with contact information is available at the front counter if you wish to contact with me.
BE ACTIVE GET INVOLVED MAKE FRIENDS … it’s our motto and recipe for a happy life.