Twenty-one Frequently Asked Questions about the GWSA,
The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre,
Seniors’ Issues in 2017 and beyond
- How can I register to volunteer with the GWSA?
- How can I donate to the GWSA?
- How can I view the current events at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre on the website?
- How can I Make The Printing Larger on the GWSA website?
- Can I get the Sentinel delivered to my home? Mailed? Download online?
- Can I register for card games/group activities/volunteering on line?
- Does the GWSA rent out rooms for community events?
- Do you have to be a member of the GWSA to eat in the Evergreen Restaurant?
- Do you have to be a member of the GWSA to go on trips?
- Do you have to be a senior to volunteer at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre?
- Do you have to be a member of the GWSA to take courses?
- How can I find a doctor?
- How can I find out what federal programs and services are available to seniors?
- How can I find out what provincial programs and services are available to seniors?
- I’ve heard that most provinces provide income-tested top-ups to the OAS and GIS. Where can I get information on this?
- Where can I get help with my income tax forms?
- Are there any programs that offer assistance to seniors who need to make adaptations/renovations to their home?
- What do I do if I suspect telephone or other fraudulent activities?
- Where can I upgrade my skills as an older driver?
- What do I do if I think I have been the victim of age or other discrimination?
- How can I get information about my provincial health insurance plan, such as: Does it cover me when I am out of the province? How do I get a health card? Is there a program to help purchase Assisting Devices? What are the drug benefits, etc?
To begin the process for volunteering with the GWSA, in the Volunteer section, please complete the registration process under Volunteer Application. Once the registration has been completed and sent, someone will be in touch with you regarding your application. See our Volunteer Page for details.
You can donate money to the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association through our Donate Now! page. Simply follow the prompts to complete your donation.
You can also donate books or audio-visual materials to the Library. For more information about book or audio-visual donations , please call the Information Desk at 519-823-1291.
You can go to the Home Page, then scroll down to “Already a Member”. You should be able to find everything there.
You can increase and decrease the font size by holding down the control key (Ctrl) while tapping on the + or – keys. To reset the font to its original size press Ctrl + 0 (that’s a zero!).
You can have the Sentinel delivered to your address as part of your annual membership fee. Please call the GWSA (519-823-1291) for information on the membership fees. Additional copies of the Sentinel are available at the Front Desk at a cost of $3.00 each + HST.
In addition, the Sentinel can be downloaded here.
- People wanting to register for courses must use the Regexpress process as outlined in the Guelph Community Guide.
- GWSA membership registrations must be done in person or over the phone. We need to know they have registered, give them a GWSA membership card and a new member package. Online is not an option for GWSA membership.
The Government of Canada publishes a document entitled Services for Seniors Guide: A Guide to Government of Canada Services for Seniors and their Families , which contains information on federal programs and services directed to seniors.
Health services delivery is a provincial and territorial matter. Each province and territory administers its own health care programs, and these vary from province to province. For more information about health care, home care, health insurance, dental care, eye care, etc., for seniors, contact your provincial or territorial seniors/health ministry.
I’ve heard that most provinces provide income-tested top-ups to the OAS and GIS. Where can I get information on this?
Ontario: G.A.I.N.S. (Guaranteed Annual Income System)
The Canada Revenue Agency operates a Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Call 1-800-959-8281 to find one in your area, or check the web site.
There is also a tax specialist who does personal taxes for a nominal charge at the Evergreen. Enquire at the front desk (519-823-1291) for making an appointment during tax time.
Are there any programs that offer assistance to seniors who need to make adaptations/renovations to their home?
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has several financial assistance programs for low-income seniors, such as:
- Homeowner Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program RRAP for needed home repairs
- Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program – RRAP for Persons with Disabilities
- Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence (CMHC)
The Canada Safety Council offers driver refresher training courses called 55 Alive.
Contact the Canadian Human Rights Commission
How can I get information about my provincial health insurance plan, such as: Does it cover me when I am out of the province? How do I get a health card? Is there a program to help purchase Assisting Devices? What are the drug benefits, etc?
You can find information on Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan by clicking here.
Yes, we do rent out rooms or the auditorium for your group or club meetings or special events. Please click here to download a Facility Rental Information Brochure. Please call the front desk for complete details — 519-823-1291. Ask to speak with Tracey.
Do you have to be a member of the GWSA to eat in the Evergreen Restaurant?
Anyone can eat in the Evergreen Restaurant. A GWSA membership is not required.
A recent edition of Canadian Living had an excellent article outlining the steps to take to find a family doctor. Access the article here. You can also take a look at the Family Health Team website. The site lists many doctors in the Guelph area, some of whom are accepting new patients.
Yes, all travellers on GWSA travel trips MUST be members in good standing of the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association.
If you would like to volunteer with the GWSA, please contact Becky MacDonald, Coordinator of Volunteer Services regarding your decision to volunteer with the GWSA. You can ask any questions that you may have this way. You can reach Becky at 519-823-1291 X 2096. Please visit our volunteer page of the website.
Most, if not all courses, quote two rates of participation. There is a member and a non-member cost to join the courses. In all cases, the member rate is lower than the non-member rate.