our new 50+ Leader and new 50+ Board Member!
In preparation for retirement, Julie moved to Brockville in 2012 from a rural area west of Kingston. She had been looking for a smaller urban setting to enjoy her later years, an affordable community near the water, closer to family, and a place that offered lots of activities to enjoy in retirement. Brockville met all these requirements!
Julie retired in 2017, having worked for 19 yrs as an Office Manager with the Ontario Nurses Association. After retirement she began attending activities at the Museum, became a more active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, and in Fall 2017 she joined 50+ Activity Centre. Since then, Julie has taken lots of classes through 50+, including Art, Mosaics, Chimes, Music Theory, Yoga, and Lucie Stein’s Seniors Low Impact Aerobics.
Julie has attended aerobic exercise classes for 45 years. When she retired she decided to teach aerobics, and proceeded to complete the CPHC Seniors Exercise Instructor Certification this past year. Covid restrictions squashed her intent at that time to teach a group ‘in-person’, so she started teaching on-line through the Zoom platform, including one for CPHC and one for St. Paul’s Church in the spring and summer. Julie approached 50+ Activity Centre about teaching a class, and this semester she began leading a Seniors Low Impact Aerobic class at the Wall Street gym on Monday mornings. Additionally, she continues to teach a CPHC Seniors Gentle Fit class at the Legion on Thursday mornings. Julie is a Warden with St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Brockville, she is an avid gardener, and pet owner and walker. She loves knitting and other crafts, and looks forward to getting back to mosaics when time allows. She still finds time to help with the Food Bank, and makes personal donation packages for those fleeing abuse, the homeless and others in need.
As a result of a “shout out” by our President this Fall, encouraging members to consider joining the Board, Julie stepped up to help, and officially became a 50+ Board member this month! Currently she is a Member-at-Large, so while becoming more familiar with the Board, she will offer her skills in various areas, and generally pitch in to work with whatever is needed.
Julie feels some of the many great aspects to 50+ AC are its affordability, the wide range of activity options, and the social aspect is terrific too. She would be happy to see more social activities offered through 50+, and hopes this can happen more ‘after Covid’. “Honestly, you can’t go wrong in joining 50+!”