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Newsletter November - December 2019

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Photo of president Sue Hunter

President's Message

Another successful semester is almost behind us. The number of participants, leaders and board members has grown to over a “record breaking” 500 people! Outstanding to say the least!

There is a lot of “behind the scenes” work that goes on before the beginning of the semester and also at the end, in preparation for the next semester. A huge applause to everyone who makes this possible.

In this newsletter, you will find information about the upcoming Registration day. Be sure to mark the day on your calendar. If you attended in excess of 5 times last semester in each of your activities, you will be automatically accepted in January providing you are at the registration day before 11:30am to sign in. You still have to read the waiver and complete and sign the registration form and have it initialled by your leader on that day.

There will be additional activities in January which you can read about in this newsletter. We are all excited about the new offerings! I would like to thank you all in advance for your patience with waiting for the official January to May 2020 schedule. (Yes, I said 2020! Wow!!)

Many have asked why we cannot have the schedule and registration documents available online sooner. The reason is because there is such a short turn around between the fall semester ending and the beginning of the next.

Every one of the 6 venues, classrooms, gym and spaces all need to be re-confirmed. Also the leaders and start dates of activities need to be confirmed and this cannot be done any quicker than we already do.

There will be an email sent to you when the new schedule and registration form is online.

Winter is a beautiful season in Brockville; however, it can be a little messy sometimes. A reminder for everyone who has an activity at the Wall Street United Church, where many rooms are in use by AC 50+ members:

Please remove your boots at the front door and put them in a plastic bag and take them to your activity room.

This will be very helpful for Trevor, trying hard to keep the entire church clean and dry. Trevor does so much for us, this is one way we can do something for him! I believe everyone removes their boots already at the other venues.

Also speaking of Winter, be sure to read the section on the “Winter Weather Policy”. Regardless of your particular activity policy, if you don’t feel safe going out on a bad day, you may opt for a cozy fire and a cup of hot chocolate instead. Above all, be safe!

All of this talk about Winter has got me feeling festive! I would like to wish you a very happy and festive holiday season! Merry Christmas to you and yours. May you all be blessed with good health and happiness in the new year!

See you in January!

Sue Hunter


Christmas Dinner
December 6, 2019

Another delicious Christmas Dinner was served by Cindy Croteau and staff at the Brockville Legion on December 6. The 90 AC participants and guests in attendance enjoyed the meal, the socialization and the entertainment.

Music was provided by a trio of our own Gael Bullard, Wayne Bullard and Conrad Guy, together with a guest special combo, the St. Lawrence Anglican Church Chimers. The Chimers were under the expert direction of Jeff Reusing, the organist at St. Lawrence.

Jeff had graciously opened up this activity to Brockville 50+ AC members in September 2019. The group now includes members from both the Anglican Church and the 50+ AC.

Thanks to all our entertainers and to all involved in organizing another very successful event.

Below is a selection of some photos of our entertainers as taken and submitted by Debby Greffe.

Winter is Here!
Some Timely Reminders
  • Our Winter Weather Policy comes into operation again with the onset of the inclement weather.  This relates  to the rules and guidelines regarding class cancellations due to bad weather.
  • Please don't wait for a bad weather day to learn about your activities’ weather policy... if unsure, check with your leader now.

    Leaders, volunteers and activity participants are advised that they must be familiar with and adhere to this policy at all times.

Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 is REGISTRATION DAY for the Winter/Spring Semester.

Once again, it will be held at the Brockville Memorial Centre from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

The new, revised, registration form will be uploaded to our website as soon as all the classes - including some new offerings for 2020 - are confirmed.

To facilitate the registration process, please print the registration form ahead, fill it in clearly and take with you to registration day.

There is no need to print a hard copy of the waiver form to take with you to registration. You are just required to read the waiver ahead of time. On registration day, your signature on the registration form will verify that you have read and agree to the conditions of the waiver.

We are looking forward to this new semester. Tell your friends, bring them along!

We are also always looking for volunteers and suggestions for new classes for your enjoyment.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful, joyful holiday season.

Jo Ann Brinkworth/ Director

Course News


A Chinese game played with a set of tiles. The name “Mahjong” refers to the bird-like chattering sound made by the tiles as they are shuffled. There are several variations of Mahjong enjoyed around the world.

Ping Wu has been teaching a group of Brockville 50+ members the Hong Kong style of Mahjong since October. Most of the group would like to continue playing during the winter semester. Ping would also like to offer another beginner session this winter.

In order for more people to play and to learn, we need additional Mahjong sets – 1 set for every 4 participants.

If you have a set of Mahjong tiles gathering dust and would be willing to donate it to Brockville 50+, please contact the centre at as soon as possible, so that we can plan for the winter term.

Thank you!


Below is a set of photos taken by Karen Mahon at one of Ping's classes. Thanks Karen and to Ping Wu and class.

Click on an image to view a larger version.



The goal of this course is to increase balance and mental clarity and to stimulate the body’s organs and glands to improve health and quality of life.

Participants will be doing hands-on applications of self-learning on their hands, ears and feet.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows stretching and ease of movement and socks that are easy to remove. Each class will begin with a good long stretch and hand rubbing.

Writing Group

If you’ve been writing fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry (or dabbling in any other form of creative writing) and would like feedback from your peers, this group is for you.

Each week you’re invited to bring a sample of your writing (one to five pages of text or one or two poems) to read to the group, who will then offer suggestions for improvement and lots of encouragement. This group will help us help each other improve our writing skills.

Basics of Painting

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to paint, and to enjoy painting:

  • Learn the purpose of different brushes; how to load a brush with paint (acrylic); types and application of strokes; care of brushes
  • Introduction of primary and secondary colours
  • Learn how to prepare canvas, metal, wood and glass
  • Learn how to begin a painting.

Learning may include variations of textures, using sponges, paper, saran wrap…

Seniors Warmup Exercises

Lucy Braganza will lead a low impact fitness class which includes dance cardio, strength training with balls and bands, and balance and coordination drills. This will help you to feel fit and look fantastic!!

Course requirements: Indoor running shoes, comfortable loose clothing, a bottle of water. Lucy's kit will contain a light ball, band and light dumbbells (will explain at registration).

Ukulele Practice

Members who took the Beginners Course in the first semester can use this scheduled time to practice the skills they learned, and to prepare for the formal ukulele lessons that will be presented throughout the month of May, 2020.

Activity Centre Newsletter Editor Position

First of all, we would like to send a big thank you to John Bonser for all of his great work on the 50+ AC Newsletter over the past two years.

The role of the Newsletter editor is to receive and format articles of interest for the AC membership. Most of the newsletter input is provided by the board of directors and leaders, however the editor may add their own 50+ related articles.

The newsletter generally goes out monthly. However, sometimes we choose to publish once in two months, should we not have a lot of new information to pass along. There is no newsletter published in June, July or August, as we all take the summer off!

If you are interested in contributing to the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre by becoming our newsletter editor, then please send an email of interest to our office at:

There will be training on the current program and format, to help set you up for success.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Community Involvement: Health Fairs
Saturday November 9
Bayshore Home Health

Bayshore Home Health hosted a Seniors Health Fair on Saturday, November 9 at the Brockville Memorial Centre.

The fair highlighted the services available to Brockville Seniors  through local health care providers and organizations such as the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre.

We were represented there and felt it was a worthwhile endeavour with lots of networking.

Monday November 18
Brockville Public Library

The Brockville Public Library hosted a Health & Wellness Fair to provide the senior community with access to information about local health care providers and to promote healthy active living. 

The 50+ Activity Centre participated with other local organizations promoting healthy active living.

Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

5 Wall St., Brockville
ON K6V 4R8 Canada



Phone:  613-345-2412

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