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Christmas Luncheon, December 7th


The Holiday Season began at the Brockville Legion on Friday, December 7th with our annual Christmas Luncheon.

Once again the scrumptious meal was provided by Cindy Croteau.    A traditional turkey dinner topped off with a delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding cake!  Ninety four participants and guests attended.

Our participants from the Maximal Bell Ringing Class amazed us with their talents by playing a few songs.

A presentation was made to the outgoing directors of the Board;  Cheryl Nix, Ralph Greenhalgh & Tony Dunbar, thanking them for their outstanding dedication and support of the activity centre and it’s board.

Thank you to Debby Greffe & Marian Rafferty and the office staff for all the work put in to making this event a success!

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we wish you all a magical holiday season. We look forward to 2019.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year. Enjoy !

50+ Winter Enrollment Day postponed until Feb 3


Hello 50+ Members,

At this time, due to the current Covid-19 lockdown in Ontario we have decided to again postpone Enrollment Day until Wed Feb 3. Start of activities would then be planned for Monday Feb 15 which still allows for a 12 week semester.

Full enrollment details will be sent in a separate email at least one week before Enrollment Day.

Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

50+ Winter Enrollment Day postponed until Jan 20


Hello 50+ members,

We had previously communicated to you that Enrollment for the Winter 2021 semester would take place on January 6, 2021.

At this time, due to the current covid-19 lockdown in Ontario we have decided to postpone Enrollment Day until Wed January 20, with start of activities planned for Monday January 25.

Full enrollment details will be sent in a separate email early in the new year.

Until then Happy New Year!

Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

The Fall Semester is ON


A Message from President Carmen Grosse:

In response to the latest Ontario government mandate please note that we are holding activities in a monitored, public facility and so the numbers of 10 or less gathering indoors DOES NOT APPLY to the Brockville Fiftyplus Activity Centre. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure all health guidelines are followed. Your safety is our main priority and to that end we ask that everyone be vigilant with masks, hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Carmen Grosse
President, Board of Directors
Brockville 50+ Activity Centre



A Message from President Carmen Grosse:

We are all set to start the new semester.  Our Activities Director Michael Libbos has been working extremely hard to get everything in place so that we can start our classes the week of September 21 in a safe manner.

Please note that the PHONE Registration day is on Tuesday September 15, 2020.  Be sure to call the leader of the classes you plan to enroll in during the specified times.

Full details of the registration process are available from the Activities dropdown menu above.

Also please note that this semester we will be using three (3) locations for our activities:

The Salvation Army

The  Strowger Courts and

108 Perth St. (southwest corner of Perth & Brock)


Carmen Grosse
President, Board of Directors
Brockville 50+ Activity Centre


A Message from President Sue Hunter:

Further to the last email sent to you in March, the initial 4 week suspension of activities is set to expire on Monday, April 13th.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, effective today, April 11th, 2020, all Brockville 50+ Activity Centre activities will be cancelled for the remainder of this semester. (Through May 31st, 2020)

In coming to this difficult decision, we paid particular attention to the Province’s prohibition on gatherings of more than 5 people, and the strong appeal for everyone to stay home during this critical time.

We are also heeding the words spoken by our Prime Minister who told us, in no uncertain terms, to “stay home.”

In this rapidly changing environment, we believe this is the best decision for all Brockville 50+ Activity Centre members.

We wish everyone good health, and we look forward to the day that we can get back to getting out and doing the things we love to do.

Thank you to everyone for doing your part in helping to flatten the curve of this terrible virus.

There will be further communication in August regarding the fall semester. You will receive an email as well as the website, fiftyplusbrockville.ca will be updated at that time.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Sue Hunter
President, Board of Directors
Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

Income Tax Return Preparation Assistance Program Resumed

In the February newsletter we brought to your attention a program offered to low income earners by the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau.

The service provided free advice and assistance in preparing income tax returns. The Volunteer Centre office closed due to the Cofid-19 pandemic and this meant the program had to be suspended.

We are now happy to inform you that the Centre is resuming the service, effective Wednesday April 8, making contact with clients over the phone.

For details access Income Tax Program.

Keep safe and well.

A Message from President Sue Hunter:

As many 50+ participants have asked questions and been concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre has made a decision to suspend all activities, effective Monday, March 16th for a period of four weeks. We will then reassess the situation and update all members accordingly.

While there does not appear to be a confirmed case of an infected person in Brockville at this time, we would like to do our part in reducing gatherings of groups to help reduce the potential of local infection.

This decision is in keeping with the province of Ontario, that is closing schools, day cares, sporting events and other large gatherings over the upcoming weeks.

In addition, all Retirement and Long Term Care Residences in Ontario now have visitor restrictions in place, which means no scheduled 50+ activities will be permitted at those locations.

Given that all activities are cancelled for the next 4 weeks, starting Monday March 16, the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre office will remain closed as well.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sue Hunter
President, Board of Directors
Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

Weather Policy Revision

Please be advised that the Weather Policy has been changed.  Click on the menu tab “Weather Policy” for details.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to offer Chair Yoga starting in January.

We are currently working hard to find a way to continue the class and should we have success, it may be offered at a later date this semester.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Wednesday, January 08th, 2020
Brockville Memorial Centre
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Mark your calendars for now. Further details, including the various forms and documents, will be made available after the Christmas break, once plans and schedules are firmed up.


Health Fairs:

  • Sat November 9; 10 AM to 3 PM
    Bayshore Home Health is hosting a Seniors Health Fair at the Brockville Memorial Centre
  • Monday November 18; 10 AM to 1 PM
    The Brockville Public Library is hosting a Health & Wellness Fair at the Library on Buell St.

Starry Night at the Aquatarium
Tuesday November 19; 1:30pm
Have you ever wondered about the night sky? The Aquatarium is providing a special presentation to the 50+ Activity Centre in their planetarium.

Our own Paul Bullock will host an exploration of our universe as seen from Brockville.

For details of these events Oct Newsletter


A new course, Ukulele for Beginners, will be offered at the Activity Centre, in the Wall Street Heritage Hall on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:30, beginning on Tuesday October 1.

Instructors: Lynne and Peter Meleg

This course is designed for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS. No knowledge of music is required.

Participants will be introduced to the instrument:

  • parts of the ukulele
  • how to hold it
  • strumming and chords.

They will do simple exercises leading up to playing songs with only three chords.

Participants must provide their own instrument -a very basic one will be fine. Lots of fun!

To register for this activity, drop in to the Activity Centre office.


Please let us know by email or phone message.
Email:   fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca
Phone:  613-345-2412


Update: Documents Now Available


The  documents required for registration are now available, including the descriptions of the scheduled activities.

These documents are also accessible for reference and printing from the Activities and Forms drop-down menus above.


Registration for the fall semester will be on Wednesday September 4th from 9.30 – 11.30 am at the Memorial Centre which offers not only a large space but also ample parking.

The process will be essentially the same as for the last semester meaning that if you were registered for a class last winter your space for this semester will be secured until 11:30. However, to guarantee that place you must still register in person or have someone register for you on registration day.

The simplified registration process was well received last winter, however for the benefit of new members and, to serve as a reminder to those returning, you only need to print and complete one page, as “acknowledgement” of the waiver has been included in the registration form. It is however mandatory that you read this form before registering. Copies of the waiver will be included online for you to view in advance and will also be posted at the Memorial Centre on registration day.

Your cooperation in completing cheques and readying the correct change if paying cash will also help to speed up the payment process and avoid long wait times.

It is also worth mentioning here that, your cooperation in signing up only for those classes which you are sure you will be attending on a regular basis will simplify administration of classes for the Leaders.

We look forward to seeing you all on September 4th.

Note: The office will reopen on September 9th at 10am. Late registrations for courses which still have vacancies will be accepted then.  Also please note the office will NOT be open on Thursday September 5th, the day after Open House, to process late registrations as was the practice in previous years.

The new schedule and registration form may only be online a few days prior to registration, in order to finalize all activities, venues and times. Thank you for your patience as we work through these details.

Copies of the AGM agenda and selected reports are now available for general viewing.
They may be accessed from the individual links below:
President’s Report
Board Election


Date: Weds May 15
Time: 1 pm
Venue: Heritage Hall at Wall Street United Church

This special meeting is open to all members, or anyone else who would like to attend. We hope that some of you will decide to join us.

Refreshments will be available and it’s a great opportunity to meet the board and learn more about this great organization to which we all belong.

Further information is available from president Sue Hunter’s message contained in the latest newsletter.


After a bit of a hiatus, your webmaster is back on the job again. I hope everybody has survived the crazy winter – is it over yet?!

The most significant addition to the website is of a post of some class photos submitted by AC President, Sue Hunter.
These are also available from the Recent Posts in the sidebar.

The three photo header banner on top of each page is temporarily down for a bit of a spring update.

For a brief report with photos of the Irish Dance Workshop held in the gym on March 7, 2019, check the latest post in the RECENT POSTS sidebar.


You have probably tapped your feet to many an Irish reel or jig tune. Would you like to learn a few of the actual steps to these dance tunes?

Now is your chance. Come to the Irish Dance Workshop on Thursday March 7th from 10:00am to 12:00 pm in the Wall Street United Church Gym.

Dance instructor Eithne Dunbar will lead you through the basic steps, followed by a couple of popular social (or céilí) dances from Ireland.

No previous experience necessary and guaranteed to be fun. Shoes should be light, secure fitting, flat or with a low heel.

The workshop will prepare you to participate in these dances, if you are planning to come to the upcoming Brockville Irish Cultural Society, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Ceili on Fri March 15th at the Courthouse Lodge, with live music and refreshments.

Please register for the workshop by contacting the A.C. office as soon as possible. For practical purposes the class size is limited to 20 participants.

So don’t delay, email fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca


AC Board Director and Secretary, Jo Ann Brinkworth, recently began posting news items to the website.

Posts such as these, currently three (3), are listed on the top of the homepage sidebar under the Recent Posts heading.

You are invited to click on these to read the full posts.

Thanks Jo Ann for taking this initiative, a nice way of keeping us all up to date on AC happenings and events.

Please note that if you missed registering for a class at our Open House on Jan 9, you will have the option of registering at the AC Office at Wall Street Church.

However, please note that the office will not be open to process any such registrations until:

Monday, January 14, 2019 from 10 am to noon.

We ask you to please show our hardworking volunteer office staff the courtesy of allowing them to proceed, without interruption between now and Monday 14, with the time-consuming and vital tasks of making final preparations for the start of second semester classes next week.

From Monday on, registrations will be accepted during the regular office hours of 10 to 12 noon, Monday through Thursday. Registration will of course be subject to space being still available in the class(es) of your choice.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Thanks to the hard work of Activities Director, Bill Carlyle, the schedule for the Jan – May 2019 semester has been finalized and is now posted under the Activities dropdown menu button above. The description of these activities is also accessible from the same dropdown.

Under the Forms: Jan 2019 dropdown menu button, the related Registration form and the Waiver of Liability form may be accessed.

Copies of these documents will be available at the Brockville Memorial Centre, Wednesday January 9, 9:30 – 11:30 am Registration/Open House.

However, to facilitate the process, you are encouraged to print and complete a copy of the registration form before hand and take with you to registration. A printed copy of the activity schedule would also be a useful reference to take with you.

Note: As last semester, participants may register in up to 3 activities for the basic $25 fee; activities above 3 will be charged $5 per activity.

Of note re the schedule:
Mind, Body Connection – a new 8 week offering by Ursula Dowd. Check the Activity Descriptions for details of this course.
Mosaic Art – Elske Harris
Not Offered this Semester:
Bell Ringing
Book Club, Wednesday (Friday’s is offered)
Pole Walking


  • Christmas Dinner post from Jo Ann Brinkworth available by Clicking Here
  • Office Closed Dec 20, 2018; reopening Monday January 14, 2019
  • Schedule for January semester being diligently worked on. Will be available in the New Year and in good time for the January 9 registration.
  • Many thanks to our leaders, directors, office staff and all our volunteers for their services over the fall semester.

We’re happy to announce that John Dickie has joined the board to fill the important role of Treasurer. John is replacing Ralph Greenhalgh, who resigned earlier this year after 18 years of dedicated service to our organization. Thanks, Ralph.

John Dickie moved to Brockville a few years ago and is well qualified to assume the role. John’s wife Paulette Leclaire has also become involved with the Activity Centre as she accepted the role of leader in the Beginners French program this semester. We extend to both, a warm welcome to the Brockville 50+ AC volunteer team.


At their September 19, 2018 board meeting, the directors approved the appointment of a number of officer positions.

This included:

  • Sue Hunter – President
  • Marian Rafferty – 1st Vice President
  • Bill Carlyle – 2nd Vice President
  • Jo Ann Brinkworth – Secretary

The Treasurer position is currently vacant but the board is hopeful of filling this important position shortly.

For a complete list of the current board Click Here.

At the meeting, the board also paid tribute to outgoing president, Cheryl Nix, who was stepping down as president and resigning from the board.

Cheryl had been a devoted and dedicated board member for 7 years, which included a number of years as newsletter editor.

In her 2 years as president, Cheryl skillfully guided the board through a number of truly significant initiatives, in particular the name change to the current 50+ Activitity Centre.

Thanks Cheryl for your service.

We’re happy to relate that Cheryl will assist and advise Sue Hunter as Sue transitions into her new role as president.


A very successful Open House with Class Registration was held at the Brockville Memorial Centre on September 5 last.

The new venue and the modified process were well received and a very impressive 338 individuals signed up for one or more of the exciting programmes on offer.

Post the Open House, registrations at the office brought the total to 377 and registrations are still coming in. This is very gratifying for all involved with the AC, and shows we are on the right track in terms of serving in an affordable manner the activity needs of area seniors.

Of the total of registrants, 68 were first timers to the AC and we welcome them and hope they have a rewarding and fun time as they actively exercise mind and body.

All classes other than those below have now started:

  • Book Club #1 (Weds) Sept 26
  • Book Club #2 (Fri) Sept 28
  • French, Conversational (both classes) (Thurs.) Sept 27
  • Pole Walking/Walking End of Oct

Board Director Debby Greffe is again coordinating the participation of our organization in the upcoming Culture Days event.

A display featuring some of our activities, including quilting and painting, will be set up in front of 133 King St. West, the former location of the TD bank at King and Home. Note this is a change from the previously announced Photo Visions location. Do drop by and visit on Saturday.

There will also be live on-street demonstrations of Tai Chi.

For a full listing of the Brockville events in this national and province-wide celebration of local art and culture and community groups:

Click here



  • Art Studio (Mon) Sept 10
  • Art Studio (Weds) Sept 12
  • Badminton (Tues) Sept 11
  • Badminton (Fri) Sept 14
  • Bell Ringing (Maximal) Sept 12
  • Book Club #1 (Weds) Sept 26
  • Book Club #2 (Fri) Sept 28
  • Bridge Sept 13
  • Chair Yoga Sept 10
  • Drawing Sept 12
  • Euchre Sept 10
  • Exercise (Tues) Sept 11
  • Exercise (Fri) Sept 14
  • French, Conversational (Both classes) Sept 27
  • Meditation (Weds) Sept 12
  • Music: Jam Session Sept 10
  • Photography Sept 13
  • Pickle Ball (Mon) Sept 10
  • Pickle Ball (Weds) Sept 12
  • Pickle Ball (Thurs) Sept 13
  • Pole Walking/Walking End of Oct
  • Quilting Sept 13
  • Table Tennis Sept 12
  • Tai Chi (Mon) Sept 10
  • Tai Chi (Tues) Sept 11
  • Tai Chi (Fri) Sept 14
  • Tole Painting Sept 14

Activities Director, Bill Carlyle, has been busy over the last number of weeks putting together the activities schedule for the upcoming semester.

As late as 1pm today, he got final confirmation of a leader for one of our classes. This enabled the Activities Schedule to be finalized and it is now posted under the Activities dropdown above.

This also enabled completion of the detailed participant Registration Form which, together with the current version of the Waiver Form, is now posted. These are available under the Forms dropdown menu above.

All these documents are in a pdf format suitable for printing.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

A review of the schedule will show that the majority of our longstanding and popular classes are returning for the upcoming semester.

In addition, we are pleased to offer two (2) new activities, Maximal Bell Ringing, and Art Drawing. A description of these classes and all others is available from the Descriptions button under the Activities dropdown above.

We're delighted to announce that William Thomson of TechTutors will again conduct a wide ranging Question & Answer session for AC participants who have questions related to their use of their personal technical equipment.

The session will not cover repairs, the goal is rather to respond to questions posed by participants which usually prove to be issues faced by more than one member.

William will endeavor to address as many as possible of your concerns.

Date: Wednesday October 24
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue: Heritage Hall at Wall Street United Church
Class Size Limit: 20
Admission: Free to AC participants

Register early by dropping by the AC Office, calling 613-345-2412 or by emailing fiftyplusin@myhighspeed.ca

To access a copy of President Cheryl Nix’s annual report as presented at the May 9, 2018 AGM, Click Here.


At the recent May 9 AGM at WSUC, the election of two (2) new board members took place. We are happy to welcome Jo Ann Brinkworth and Sue Hunter to the board.  Both these women come with impressive resumes and will be a definite asset to the board as they lead the AC forward into the future.

In addition, longtime board member and office manager Marian Rafferty was re-elected to another two (2) year term.

Ralph Greenhalgh and Tony Dunbar had previously announced they were stepping down from the board. In her closing remarks, president Cheryl Nix paid tribute to the two for their years of dedicated service: Ralph 18 years and Tony 8 years.

The nine (9) member board now comprises:

Mark Bailey
John Bonser
Jo Ann Brinkworth
Bill Carlyle
Debby Greffe
Sue Hunter
Cheryl Nix
Marian Rafferty
Barry Shaver

In keeping with practice and the AC bylaws, the officer positions, president, secretary, treasurer and other positions will be decided at the first meeting of the new board in August 2018.

Summer is on the wane and time for registration for our Fall 2018 semester of classes is fast approaching.

  • Venue: Brockville Memorial Centre
  • Date: Weds September 5, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30am

The new AC board is busy preparing for this event and is planning to introduce a number of tweaks and improvements to the overall process in keeping with participant feedback received.

Of course, use of the Memorial Centre is going to hugely improve the parking situation.

This is by way of a preliminary notice only, to allow you to mark your calendars. As always there is no preregistration prior to Open House.

Work to finalize the activities for the upcoming semester is also just underway and the schedule will be published as soon as available.

Note: The schedule for Jan-May 2018 is left on the website mainly for the benefit of those new to our organization, to give them an overview of our typical activities and scheduling. Of course there is no guarantee that the same items will be repeated in the upcoming Sept-Dec 2018 semester.

We look forward to another banner semester, and indeed year, at the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre.


Among the very successful new activities introduced this semester was Mosaic Art. Course instructor Elske Harris expertly guided her class and they have produced some excellent pieces.

If members would like to see a display of some of these pieces you, and your friends, are invited to a:

10:00-11:30 am
King and Market St. East

It is also planned to have some Mosaic Art pieces on display at our AGM in the church Heritage Hall on May 9.


We are now planning to proceed with the presentation of the two financial seminars geared towards older adults:

1. Get Your $ – Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors
2. Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax

  • Speaker: Jeremy Bertrand, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • The Royal Brock Retirement Residence
    100 Stewart Blvd. at Central Avenue

The seminars will be presented back to back and each will take about an hour. There will be numerous educational handouts provided by our speaker.

Please reserve a spot at these sessions by calling the A.C. Office at 613-345-2412 or by email: fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca. Deadline for registration is March 12, 2018.


We are now planning to proceed with the presentation of the two financial seminars geared towards older adults:
1. Get Your $ - Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors
2. Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax
  • Speaker: Jeremy Bertrand, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • The Royal Brock Retirement Residence 100 Stewart Blvd. at Central Avenue

The seminars will be presented back to back and each will take about an hour. There will be numerous educational handouts provided by our speaker.

Please reserve a spot at these sessions by calling the A.C. Office at 613-345-2412 or by email: fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca. Deadline for registration is March 12, 2018.



Our Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 at 2pm in the Living Room at Wall Street United Church.

In addition to business reports, one of the more important items on the agenda will be election of directors to the board for the upcoming two (2) year term, 2018 to 2020.

Two (2) current directors are seeking re-election for another term and there are two (2) new director positions to be filled.

We currently have a nominating committee working on seeking and recruiting suitable candidates for the vacant positions. The committee will make their selection and present the slate of candidates at the AGM. (Please
note that only members in good standing are entitled to cast a vote at the AGM.)

Our just issued March/April 2018 newsletter gives a detailed account of the overall process. For your convenience the newsletter may be accessed directly by clicking here.

We look forward to a good turnout at the AGM, a chance for our members to hear what’s been happening, make their views and suggestions known and help determine the future composition of the board of directors.



Happy Easter to all from the AC Board of Directors and Office Staff.

Driver Safety Info

We are presenting the first in what we hope will be a series of driver safety sessions for older adults:

On the Road to Safety

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Heritage Hall- Wall Street United Church
Instructor: Fran Cymbaly, Professional Driver Safety Consultant

Session Outline:

  • What happens when you turn 80 years of age
  • Advantages/Disadvantages to the aging process – solutions to compensate
  • Communicating in your vehicle
  • Updating the Traffic Rules
  • How to create more time to make our decisions on the road

Please phone the office 613-345-2412 or email to fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca to reserve a space if you plan to attend this session. Any questions, please contact the office for more details.

UPDATE 02/26/2018

We previously initiated a poll to gauge the level of interest in attending two seminars of interest to our members.

As outlined in the poll and now also in our February newsletter, these are:

Get Your $ – Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors
Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax

The speaker is from the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Each seminar, specially geared towards older adults, usually requires an hour to present, and numerous educational handouts are provided at both.

Since our earlier poll and newsletter announcement, the proposed date of the seminar is now Wednesday March 21; the March 22 option is no longer available.  The time on Wednesday will likely be 2:30 or 3 pm and will be confirmed later. The venue will also be confirmed.

So please access the poll by clicking here and indicate your interest. Note the ministry speaker requires an attendance of at least 35 persons to proceed.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Our Centre has been offered the opportunity of hosting, on March 21 or March 22, one of two, or both, of the following one hour seminars on financial topics specially geared towards older adults.

These are:

Get Your $ – Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors


Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax

The speaker is from the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Each seminar usually requires an hour to present, and numerous educational handouts are provided at both.

A minimum of 35 attendees are required to warrant the visit by our guest speaker. For that reason, we are conducting an online poll to garner the level of interest in such a session.

We invite you to access the poll by clicking here. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.


Our office recently circulated to the membership at large an email with an attachment summarizing the flexible policy currently in place. The summary included a chart outlining the option selected for implementation by our leaders for their individual programs.

For your convenience and reference, we have also posted this summary, together with a copy of the full policy, under the new dropdown menu Class Cancellation Policy in the main navigation bar above.

We have now implemented the promised new website address. This, like our recent email address change, was made to better reflect our new name.

Effective immediately, to access our website please change your bookmarks and/or favourites to show the address www.fiftyplusbrockville.ca.

For a limited time only, if you should in error use the old address of www.swcbrockville.ca, you will be redirected to www.fiftyplusbrockville.ca. In this instance, swcbrockville.ca will show in your address bar and on your search page but you will be linked to the fiftyplusbrockville.ca page.

We have checked the majority of the website links and they all seem to function correctly. However, if you should come across a link or other item that is not functioning correctly, please let us know.

Tony Dunbar, Webmaster


Two other local organizations have upcoming events that might be of interest to our members.

The first is a special Income Tax Return Preparation program sponsored by the local Volunteer Centre.

The other is a symposium on Dementia Care under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

Under a new Links dropdown menu above, we have added links to the websites of each of these organizations. You may find details of the events by accessing these links.

All classes will start at the scheduled designated venue and on the designated day, the week of January 15.
We are happy to announce that this will now include Euchre on Monday January 15 in the Mezzanine at Wall Street United Church.

Exceptions to the above are:
Bridge – Thursday Jan 25
Spanish- Wednesday, Feb. 07th

Of course the Book Clubs will follow the monthly schedule outlined in the Activities Schedule.

Plans to introduce Nordic Walking are still under development. The TI Mall was originally to be the venue, but of course all our use of the mall was curtailed with its sale to a new group.

Yes, indeed that was quite an Open House at the Legion on Jan 10. We certainly are a popular organization!
Thanks to all involved in the organization of the event and also to our leaders and volunteers for their generous contributions. And thanks to you our members who showed up in such numbers.

We realize there were some logjams and frustrations. We heard on the day itself, and have subsequently received in reply to the request of President Cheryl Nix, some thoughtful and valuable suggestions as how to improve the overall process. We thank you for those and we assure you each suggestion will be evaluated and discussed and considered for implementation by the board.

As previously indicated, the forms and other documents related to the Weds Jan 10 Open House are now posted and available from the dropdown menus above.

Note: It was brought to our attention that there was an error in the class time shown on the original posted schedule for Pickle Ball on Weds. It should have been 1 to 3 pm and not 10 – 12am as shown.  We have now posted a corrected version. Apologies for the error.

We have also posted a Registration Procedure which outlines the various steps in the process and references the various documents involved.

To view this procedure please Click Here.


Preparations are underway for our Registration/Open House at the Brockville Legion on Park Street from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Weds January 10. Please note the office will not be open for regular business until the following day, Thurs Jan 11.

The activity schedule for the second semester has been drafted by Bill Carlyle and will shortly be finalized and posted to the website. There are a number of new items included: Euchre (pending identification of a volunteer to lead the group), Mosaic Art and Nordic Walking. Further details to follow.

Our volunteer office staff, under the capable management of Marian Rafferty, and our treasurer Ralph Greenhalgh, are busy preparing the final schedule and the various forms, registration and waiver, etc., needed for the Open House. Once finalized,these will be posted to the website and made available via email, etc.

We also plan to post a general guide that outlines the process to be followed by participants for registration so that everything runs smoothly.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we get caught up after the busy holiday period.

Again, all the best to everyone as we set out together on a new year and a new semester.