Square One Older Adult Centre

Square One Older Adult Centre
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General Information, Location, Map Board of Directors (Volunteers)
Mission Statement Centre Hours of Operation & Closures
Staff Newsletter Committee
Board of Directors Update Membership
Programs Telephone Reassurance Program Information Change
Volunteers Cozy Corner Café
Donor Board Room Rentals
Library Suggestion Box
HBC Rewards Exercise Equipment
Advertising Avgen: New Fundraising Program
One Million Pennies Gift Certificates - One-Stop Shop
2009 Entertainment Book 2010 Calendar
Benefits of Dance Classes Project Senior Discounts, Square One Shopping Centre
Current Employment Opportunity - Job Posting Square One Older Adult Centre - A Case Model for Partnership Success, Aug. 2001, in PDF
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General Information, Location, Map

The Square One Older Adult Centre was formed in 1992. It became an independent incorporated non-profit entity in March 1998. Approximately 1,500 members in 2008. Members used the Centre over 71,000 times in 2008. Approximately 40 bus trips are offered each year. Daily operations are undertaken by four full-time staff and one part-time staff. Over 140 volunteers contributed 31,800 hours of their time in 2008. Seven ethno cultural seniors clubs meet at the Centre on a weekly basis.

The Square One Older Adult Centre is exclusively for adults 50 years of age and older. It is located on the lower level of Square One Shopping Centre, between The Bay and the Bank of Montreal. Once inside the Square One Shopping Centre, you can access the Centre via stairs or elevator. The Square One Older Adult Centre elevator will take you directly down to the Centre from the main floor, between The Bay and the Bank of Montreal.

Handicapped Logo Google image from http://www.bushprisby.com/disabled_logo/handicapped_logo_4.jpg All rooms are wheelchair accessible.

The Centre is managed by an incorporated, non-profit, volunteer Board of Directors. The organization is affiliated in good standing with Mississauga Recreation and Parks, Community Services Department.

Address: 100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2C9 Canada

Telephone: 905-615-3207 - Map

Official Website URL: www.sq1oac.com

Thank you to our major supporters:

  • City of Mississauga
  • Mississauga Central Lions Club
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Service Canada
  • Square One Shopping Centre
  • Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
  • Tridel
  • New Horizons for Seniors - Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)

  • The Square One Older Adult Centre is managed by an incorporated, non-profit, volunteer Board of Directors.

  • The organization is affiliated in good standing with the City of Mississauga Recreation and Parks and a member of the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO).
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    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 & Fundraising
    Shirley Corbett - Director, Travel
    Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers

    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 Members of Board of Directors

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    Our Mission

    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.

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    Centre Hours of Operation & Closures

    The Centre is OPEN:
    Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Travel Office Hours:
    Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Cozy Corner Café Hours:
    Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    The Centre is CLOSED:
    Monday, September 7, 2009 (Labour Day)
    Monday, October 12, 2009 (Thanksgiving Day)
    Thursday, December 24, 2009 (Christmas Eve)
    Friday, December 25, 2009 (Christmas Day)
    Friday, January 1, 2010 (New Year's Day)

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    Square One 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
    Dhruv Nayyar - Community Development Assistant
    Joan Crews - Saturday Receptionist
    Genni Iwanski - Saturday Receptionist

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

    Please note: The Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services generously provided the Older Adult Centre with an Emergency Defibrillator. All Staff have been trained on the safe use of the Defibrillator.

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    Newsletter Committee

    Sue Hesjedahl
    Laura Surman
    Lina Zita

    Board of Directors Update:

    The Board of Directors of Square One Older Adult Centre has some very exciting news to report this Fall. We are well on our way to launching our new Seniors' Service Charity that will provide health and wellness services to seniors in our community. The Board of Directors is just finishing up the final touches on the charity registration application for Square One Seniors Wellness Services to become a registered charity. We have been working with a lawyer to ensure that we follow the proper Canada Revenue Agency guidelines and this should expedite the approval process. Thr purpose of the new charity is: "to improve wellness and independence and to relieve loneliness and isolation of the aged by establishing, operating and maintaining senior citizens services to provide health, recreation, education, cultural activities and other programs for senior citizens."

    We have already started to expand our services in this area. You will note below this article, three new services that we have initiated to assist seniors in our community: 1. Free Information and Support for Adults 50+; 2. Empowering Adults 50+ Free Drop-In Group Session; 3. Telephone Reassurance Program. We have partnered with Family Services of Peel to offer the one-on-one support and the group empowerment programs which are provided by a social worker. The new Telephone Reassurance program, in partnership with Peel Senior Link, was made possible through funding from the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

    The Board of Directors is also working hard to find extra program and service space in our community. We love our Square One location and plan to stay here for many years, but we are running out of space. We have new programs and services that we want to offer and need more space to make this happen. We hope to announce another satellite location by early 2010.

    ~ Pat Fyffe, President
    ~ Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director

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    Square One Older Adult Centre
    Family Services of Peel

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    Free Information and Support for Adults 50+

    Every FRIDAY from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Free Counselling * Confidential * Private

    Please call Lina Zita at 905-615-3207 to book
    your FREE individual appointment with a social worker
    or for more information.

    Empowering Adults 50+
    Free Drop-In Group Session

    FRIDAY from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Bi-weekly group discussions on:

    Caregiver Stress * Support Services * Elder Abuse
    Grandparenting * Investment Loss * Depression

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    5 minutes can make all the difference!

    Telephone Reassurance Program

    This program is designed to provide daily contact for adults 50+
    who live alone in the Mississauga area
    and have some concerns about their safety and isolation.

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

    In the privacy of your own home.

    Daily at a mutually agreed upon time.

    To alleviate some of the fears of living alone,
    as well as to provide social contact.

    There is no cost involved.
    You do not need to be a member
    of the Square One Older Adult Centre for this service.

    Please complete and submit
    Telephone Reassurance Program Client Application Form
    to Lina Zita at the Square One Older Adult Centre.

    Telephone Reassurance Program
    is funded by the Mississauga-Halton LHIN.


    Mississauga residents 50 years of age and better (spouses may be under 50) are welcome to join the Centre (1/2 price as of June 1, 2009) for $12.00 for the remaining 2009 Calendar year. Non-Residents may join for $14.00. 2010 Memberships will be on sale beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2009.


    * Access to a variety of programs, events and services
    * Discounts on special events and bus trips
    * Seasonal Brochure
    * Members' Newsletters
    * Vote at the Annual General Meeting
    * Free Internet Café
    * Community resource literature
    * Seniors discount list for Square One stores
    * Volunteer opportunities
    * Fun, social interaction and maintain an active lifestyle.

    Membership Registration Form 2009

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    Registration for Fall Programs will begin on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. All program participants are expected to become members of the Centre and to pay the advertised fee for each program. Participants will be asked to show their 2009 membership cards. Guests can attend programs twice before becoming a member (program fees apply).

    Registration and fee payments (cash or cheque) are accepted in the Centre during public operating hours. The Board of Directors reserves the right to cancel or alter advertised programs, instructors, special events and travel schedules. Full refunds are issued if the Centre is responsible for a cancelled program. Withdrawal Request Forms are available at the Administration Office, and must be submitted before the third class commences to be eligible for a refund. Refunds will be pro-rated and will include a $5.00 administration fee for each program. NSF cheques $25.00 fee applies.

    In the event of severe weather, please contact the Centre at 905-615-3207, and listen to the recorded message to ensure that your program will take place.

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    Information Changes

    If you've moved or changed your phone number, doctor, emergency contact, etc., please let the Administration Office know.

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    Volunteers . . . working together to make a difference!!!

    Congratulations to our dynamic, gifted and truly instrumental Team of Volunteers for playing such a crucial role at your Centre. We acknowledge and give thanks to you for your hard work and efforts towards ensuring the success of our programs and services. We applaud you all!!!

    Volunteers are needed for our new telephone reassurance program or join us this December for our Gift Wrapping Fundraiser in the Mall. For more information, please call Karmela at 905-615-3207. Click here for Volunteer Opportunity.

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    Cozy Corner Café

    Join us for an affordable lunch or snack between programs. We are open Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Our menu includes a variety of soups, sandwiches, desserts, and hot or cold beverages all prepared by our dedicated team of volunteers.

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    Donor Board

    Help support the Square One Older Adult Centre! Names of those who donate $100 or more are permanently displayed in our lobby. Bronze Donors: $100-$999. Silver Donors: $1,000-$4,999. Gold Donors: $5,000-$9,999. Platinum Donors: $10,000-$24,999. Diamond Donors: Over $25,000. Tax receipts available. Donation Form

    Square One Older Adult Centre Donor Board
    Donor Board 2009
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    Function Room Rental

    Our Auditorium is great for dancing. Our Program Room is perfect for presentations. Our Board Room is just right for small meetings.

    Book your special event, workshop or class with us now. Good central location at the Square One Shopping Centre with plenty of free parking. Reduced rates for Auditorium rental on Friday and Sunday evenings.

    Call Anne at 905-615-3207 or visit our website for details.

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    Stop by our Library tucked away in the Cozy Corner Cafe. All books, puzzles, videos, books on tape and magazines may be borrowed for your enjoyment. Please use the sign-out book provided when borrowing items. A catalogue of books on tape and videos is available in the Library and items may be picked up at the Administration Office. Have items for the Library that you would like to donate? Just drop them off the next time you're in!

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    Suggestion Box

    We welcome your ideas! The Suggestion Box is located in the lobby, and we are always open for suggestions!

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    HBC Rewards

    Did you know you can donate all or part of your HBC rewards points to the Square One Older Adult Centre? The points will help us purchase items we need. Please inquire at the Administration Office.

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    Exercise Equipment - Get Fit!

    Don't have time to take a fitness class? Don't like the idea of joining one of those big gyms? Get your daily exercise right here at the Centre by taking advantage of our Exercise Equipment. Learn how to use the Exercise Bike in minutes! It's easy and it's available when you feel like exercising.

    $1.00 per 15 minute session or $10.00 for 18 sessions

    Please see the Administration Office for more information.

    The support of the Government of Ontario
    through the Sport and Recreation Branch of the
    Ministry of Tourism and Recreation is acknowledged.

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    If you are interested in advertising in our seasonal brochure, please contact Lina at 905-615-3207 or by email: squareoneoac@rogers.com to discuss rates, submission dates, etc.

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    Avgen: A Fundraising Program

    We’re pleased to present some exciting news about a new fundraising program for our Centre. It’s called the Avgen Gift Card Program.

    If you are planning to purchase gift cards/certificates for any upcoming birthdays, special occasions or for your regular shopping, make your dollars do double, even triple duty! Purchase your gift cards/certificates from a long list of vendors and together we will generate a significant contribution for our Centre. Avgen carries gift cards/certificates from a large number of major retailers, including: Loblaws, IGA, Sobeys, Price Chopper, Foodland, No Frills, Zehrs, Fortinos, Canadian Superstore, Safeway, Canadain Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, BlockBuster, Swiss Chalet, Harveys, Wendys, Second Cup, Cineplex, Future Shop, Keg, La Senza, Longos, Pizza Pizza, GAP, Old Navy, Kelsey’s, the Bay, Zellers, Pioneer Petroleums, Petro Canada, Esso, Ultramar, Rogers Video, Sears, Shoppers, Staples, Winners and many others.

    Avgen has agreements in place with all the participating retailers so that they can sell the gift certificates/cards to our Centre at a discount. Our members and their families/friends buy the gift cards/certificates from us for face value and redeem them for full value. Our Centre keeps the difference as fund raising revenue (average of 5%). The best part is there is no extra cost to you!!

    Orders are due the last Friday of every month at 12 noon and will be ready to pick up the first Friday of the following month. Please see the Administration Office to answer any of your questions.

    Please make cheques payable to: SQ1OAC - Special Projects

    Order Date: _____________________________________

    Name: _________________________________________

    Phone Number: __________________________________

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    One Million Pennies

    Canadian Pennies Google image from http://www.eafkingston.com/images/Image/fundraising/pennies.jpg

    We are searching for one million pennies!!! Please check your change and drop off your pennies at the Administration Office. We hope to raise $10,000 in pennies to purchase new equipment for the Centre.

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    Gift Certificates - One-Stop Shop

    Square One Older Adult Centre gift certificates may be purchased for memberships and program registrations. Gift certificates make a great gift for friends and relatives. There are a variety of major retailers to choose from, see Avgen for more details.

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    Entertainment Book Fundraiser Entertainment Book Member Fundraiser

    Everybody knows the Entertainment Book. There are thousands of dollars of local savings in every book. To use your Entertainment Book Discounts, just present your coupon to a participating business. Save up to 50% and get 2-for-1 deals at top restaurants, shops, attractions, sporting events and more.

    You can purchase this great coupon book at the Square One Older Adult Centre Administration Desk (September 2009 to January 2010 - $25.00?), for use in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) or anywhere in North America.

    Every Entertainment Book comes with a complimentary Membership Card. Simply present your card at select fine dining restaurants, hotels, and car rentals to enjoy great savings.

    Entertainment Books are also easy to sell as people enjoy saving money while supporting a good cause!

    Call 905-615-3207 for more details, or go online where you can enter your information and our group number: 174400. Square One Older Adult Centre will receive credit for the sale!

    Help us raise funds to support the Centre.

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    2010 Calendar

    Beginning in November 2008, you can submit pictures of our events and programs. Out members will vote each month and the 12 best pictures will be published in our 2010 fundraising calendar. Watch the bulletin board for more details.

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    Benefits of Participation in Dance Classes

    An Innovative Approach to Health Promotion:
    Empowering Older Adults through Participation in Dance Classes

    Are you taking dance classes for the first time this fall at Square One Older Adult Centre?

    Are you age 60 or older?

    Sheridan Elder Research Centre is conducting a pilot research project that explores the benefits of dance participation for enhancing quality of life and improving physical health.

    Participation in this study involves:

    • Filling out several questionnaires at the start and end of your dance course that will ask about your general health, your quality of life, and your exercise habits.

    • A brief cognitive screening test at the beginning of the project.

    • A short interview at the start and end of your dance class to learn more about your quality of life and general health.

    • A short series of physical measurements, including balance, flexibility, endurance, and range of motion.

    • Keeping a journal of your experience with the dance class. It will be up to you how often you keep this journal.

    • Total time commitment: 4 hours.

    At the end of the project, we will host an event for all of the people who participated in the project at Square One Older Adult Centre to present our findings, and to recognize and celebrate those who helped make this project happen!

    For more information, or to sign up to participate, please contact: Laura Surman, Program Coordinator at Square One Older Adult Centre at 905-615-3207, or Kate Dupuis at 905-569-4634, or email: kated@psych.utoronto.ca.

    Contact Us at the Centre

    Address: 100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9, Canada - Map
    By Phone: 905-615-3207
    By Fax: 905-615-3455
    By E-mail: squareoneoac@rogers.com

    E-mail comments on this Web site to Webmaster

    Square One Older Adult Centre Administration Office, with Anne on phone 28Apr09
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