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GWSA Email Update for the Month of January 2021


News from the Program Committee

Activity Group Leaders are making the move toward Zoom for meetings and socialization. We are not bears and can only hibernate for so long. Many of us are adopting newer technology to seek companionship.  Adapt, climb the learning curve and enjoy the friendship of others.  The following Activity Groups have made that move.  Join them and have some fun!
Book Club 1 has come on board to meet for the first time on Friday, January 29th from 1-2:30.  If you are interested in joining this very active group, please contact Veronica Sanchez (519.767.9991)
Peer Learning is using Zoom to provide their members with topics for discussion from January 11th through March 24th. Check out the January Sentinel or their website:   All the topics and dates and times are listed there.  If you’re interested in attending, please contact Andrew Webb (226- 500-4755) or Barb McLeod (519-823-2531). To register for classes, email, indicating which course or courses you wish to join.
Watercolour Painters Club is using Zoom to encourage painters to submit their paintings and have discussion of techniques.  If you are interested in seeing what GWSA painters are doing during COVID contact Mary Mulholland (519.836.4889)
Line Dancing remains socially connected by sending out emails with new dance instructions that the dancers can do in the comfort of their own homes.  They are exploring how Zoom can help them keep their toes tapping.
Scrabble will be setting up Zoom to stay socially connected. They’re also exploring the possibility of playing games while on the zoom call.  After all, Scrabble keeps your brain functioning.  If you’re interested in joining in, contact Beth Campeau (226.343.0415).
Silvertones was the first activity group to embrace the use of Zoom.  They use Zoom to practice every second Friday afternoon.  They are in their own homes and their choir director, Ann Sneyd, provides instruction as if they were practicing in Room 2 at the Evergreen.  If interested in joining our wonderful choir, contact Doreen Muir (519.831.8323).
Silver Strummers, our newest activity group, uses Zoom for practice with their director Carolyn McLeod.  This group has grown considerably, and everyone enjoys the social aspect as well as learning how to pluck those strings.  If you are interested in joining this group, contact Ann Sneyd (
The Photography Club was one of the GWSA’s earliest adopters of Zoom. Members share presentations of their own photographic lives and guest speakers present a multitude of photographic ideas. This active group meets twice a month via Zoom.  Please contact Bill Adam ( for more information about how you can get involved.
If you are interested in helping bring your group online, please call your group leader to discuss whether Zoom is a good option for you and your friends. It’s a great way to stay connected while staying safe.
Take care. Stay safe. Stay home.
Pat Gage
Chair, GWSA Program Committee

All the Latest News

Please be sure to visit the GWSA website often to stay up with the most current news and events. All announcements – and the latest Sentinel Newsletter – are always available on the main page: Following are some highlights of recent news:

Welcome, Emma Whittaker: New Manager of CSS

The Community Support Services Group has a new face. Visit the GWSA website for more details about our newest employee:

Province Issues a State of Emergency

The province has issued a stay-at-home order effective Thursday, January 14 at 12:01 am.

This is in addition to other new restrictions in response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, a looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system, and alarming risks posed to long-term care homes. Visit the GWSA website:

Guelph Family Health Team offers Free Webinars

The Guelph Family Health Team has published their line-up of free wellness webinars offered between now and June. Many of the topics will be of interest to GWSA members. See the schedule here:

January Sentinel is Available Now

Read online or download your own copy:





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