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Newsletter October 2019

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Photo of president Sue Hunter

President's Message

I have been thoroughly enjoying all of the beautiful Autumn colours here in Brockville!  Although summer may be behind us as temperatures are hovering just over freezing some mornings, now there is a lot to look forward to with all of the inside activities. 

There are new activities as well as a number of activities that have been running for several years.  Activities are now running at six different locations throughout the city, five days of the week almost all day long. 

This semester is off to a great start!  We have the highest number of members in the history of the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre with over 450 participants! Outstanding everyone!

Once again, a huge thank you to all of the activity leaders, for all that you do! To all of the board members, thank you too! The success that we are currently achieving, is a direct result of all of the hard work being done by everyone, before, during and after the semester starts.

The Board of Directors are very pleased to announce our newest board member, Mike Libbos, will be joining us. Many of you will have met Mike through Table Tennis or Pickleball or other activities.  Mike brings a wealth of volunteer and leadership skills to our organization and we look forward to working together. Congratulations Mike and welcome to the BOD!

I hope that everyone is enjoying the time they are spending with their 50+ friends and family this Fall, a time to reconnect and learn what everybody has been busy with, during the summer months... I know I am!

I would like to end this message with a reminder of the mandate of the 50+ Activity Centre.  It is to enhance the lives of those 50 years old and over, by providing in a friendly and welcoming environment, affordable programs and activities that will keep them mentally and physically active.

This information and much more is available at:

I hope you have a chance to go online and look around.  Also, feel free to share the website with someone who may not know about the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre.  The more the merrier!

Looking forward to seeing many of you during this semester!

Sue Hunter

Course News

Ukulele for Beginners:

The ukulele has been making a major comeback in recent years.  Our new offering under the direction of Lynne and Peter Meleg has been highly successful. This class filled up in 2 hours and all participants are enjoying learning the basics of playing this unique instrument.

Did you know that the modest ukulele is particularly associated with Hawaii? (As well as with Tiny Tim of course!)

The origins of the ukulele in fact are Portuguese. In the late 1800s, sugar plantation workers from Portugal brought with them to Hawaii a small traditional Portuguese instrument called the braginha.  The braginha subsequently underwent some changes in size and shape and tuning. These changes resulted in giving the ukulele its unique sound and easy playability.

Table Tennis:

From Mike Libbos:

Table Tennis now has 3 tables!! If you're looking for a Wednesday morning laugh, or a serious game, then come and check us out. Single play starts at 9:10, doubles at 10:30, plenty of parking, enter the north door of the Salvation Army on First Ave.

If you have any questions call Mike at 613-498-7884.

Christmas Kettle Campaign

As noted above under Course News, the Salvation Army partners with the AC in providing excellent facilities for our Table Tennis activities. In addition, they also host our Tole Painting class.

We are therefore happy to help promote the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign

From the Salvation Army office:

The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving those living in poverty and struggling daily to make ends meet. We are looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to help with the Kettle campaign which is critical to ensuring we can keep our services running all year round.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Salvation Army's most recognizable fundraising initiatives. Kettle shifts are usually 2 hours and run Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from November 15th until December 24th.
Help with any number of shifts will be appreciated. All you have to do to get involved is fill out a couple of forms!
Contact Hannah Boisvenue at 613-342-5211or at 
Additional info: a link to a Kettle Campaign flyer
CPR and AED Training

A special course, offered by St. John Ambulance, on the basics of CPR and use of the Wall Street United Church AED/Defibrillator will be held:

Wall Street Heritage Hall
Wednesday, Oct.30th
10:00 am -11:30 am

The course is intended for AC participants and leaders as an initial introduction or as a refresher.

The course is free for AC personnel.  Class size is limited to 20-24 attendees.

Please contact the  AC Office  or phone 613-345-2412. if you plan to attend.

Upcoming Health Fairs
Saturday November 9
Bayshore Home Health

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

Information about the services available to Brockville Seniors will be made available through local health care providers and organizations like the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre. 

There will be demonstrations, information and light refreshments.  Please join us at the Memorial Centre between 10 AM and 3 PM.

Monday November 18
Brockville Public Library

The Brockville Public Library is hosting 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 Brockville 50+ activity Centre is key to providing cost effective activities to seniors and will be setting up a table at this event.  It takes place at the library (23 Buell St.) on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

You are welcome to join us and find out more about what your community has to offer.

Starry Night at the

Have you ever wondered about the night sky? The Aquatarium is providing a special presentation to the 50+ Activity Centre in their planetarium on Tuesday Nov. 19th.

Our own Paul Bullock will host an exploration of our universe as seen from Brockville.  Among other sights, you’ll view an exploding star, a galaxy that is approaching earth, Saturn and even a trip to the moon.

The doors open at 1:00 pm and the one hour cosmic adventure starts at 1:30 pm. Please be aware that the Aquatarium elevator travels to the 3rd floor and then there is one additional set of stairs.

The cost is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased at the AC Office or from Paul Bullock.

Christmas Dinner

Yes, we know it's only October, but the date has already been set for our annual Christmas Dinner.

The festive event will be held at the Brockville Legion at noon on Friday, December 6.  So please just mark your calendars for now. Details re menu, price, tickets, etc will be available later.

Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

5 Wall Street
Brockville, ON
K6V 4R8


Phone: 613-345-2412


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