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GWSA Email Update for the Month of September

Welcome to the September issue of the GWSA Email Update.  If you would like to forward this email to a friend, click here.  The September issue of The Sentinel is also available, but only on line and you can access it here.  Back issues of the Sentinel can be found here.

In and Around GWSA

GWSA Masks Sales

Thursday, August 20th the GWSA Quilt Group had another mask sale.  There was income of $930 from this sale for a total of $3,400 from sales of masks this summer.  There were masks for adults, teenagers and elementary school children.  We had 125 children's masks left over and these were donated to the Shelldale Family Gateway.  We had 240 adult masks remaining which were donated to the GWSA Community Support Services for their clients.  A big thank you to the quilters who stitched away and provided the masks for our community.

OACAO Free Financial Wellness Webinars

The GWSA is a member of OACAO, the Older Adult Centres Associatiion of Ontario.  This organization.has partnered with Eckler Ltd., a provider of financial wellness education to provide several free financial wellness webinars for members of Ontario Seniors Associations.  These webinars are offered free of charge. Eckler does not sell any financial products. The webinars are being provided with the sole goal of giving you the information and tools you need to start on a path to financial wellness. You can learn more about the webinars and find a link to register below. You can add the date and time directly to your calendar through the registration link. At the end of each session there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Topics, Dates and Registration links:  

Canadian Financial System for Newcomers: Sept. 17, 2020, 11:00 am EST
Establishing yourself in a new country is a considerable challenge. As a newcomer to Canada, understanding the Canadian financial system will give you the confidence to take charge of your financial future. In this session you’ll learn about the Canadian banking system, the basics of income taxes and tax-deferred savings plans and how to establish and build your credit rating.
Register here:

Managing Money and Debt: October 27, 2020, 11:00 am EST
Where does your money go? Are you finding it difficult to get ahead and plan for your goals and dreams? During this session, you will explore helpful concepts of financial well-being and learn proven techniques for managing your money and debt, including tips and tricks on how to live within your means and avoid harmful debt accumulation. We will evaluate different methods of optimizing your debt payments and review a five-step process to reducing your debt.
Register here:

Understanding Credit: November 24, 2020, 11:00 am EST
At some point, you may need to apply for credit products. Whether that’s a mortgage for purchasing your dream home or a loan to finance the purchase of a vehicle. In this session, you will learn about how to build a credit history, you will see how your financial actions impact your credit score and discover how financial institutions assess your credit worthiness.
Register here:

Please register for each webinar separately.

Questions can be directed to Sue Holder at

We thank OASSIS for hosting these valuable webinars!


Community Support Services
As we continue to adapt our services to meet the growing needs of our members during this pandemic; we encourage our community members to always reach out to our team for any support you require, or just to say hello! 
Our programs continue to operate, however through a different lense to ensure safety for everyone. Our Outreach and Diabetes group members continue to meet remotely with our Coordinators Paula and Molly on an ongoing basis. Through continued programming and feedback from our members we are working on options around additional program models as we enter into the coming months. SOS (Seniors Offering Support) is also still running and we are always welcoming new members to that program, whether by roles of volunteer callers or members of the program.  Our Eat Well Programs have pivoted their services to include food delivery to almost 200 older adults in our community, to date our CSS team has delivered over 5,000 lbs of produce and almost 10,000 frozen meals to program members and we plan to be going strong until at least March 2021 with this program. 
We have had tremendous community support around our new food initiative programs and want to take a moment to recognize all the pieces of the puzzle that make it possible for CSS to offer this program in our community.
City of Guelph- Jocelyn and Gareth from the Evergreen Centre have worked tirelessly since March to cook and package almost 10,000 frozen meals for this program. There is no question that their hard work has been the back bone of the success around this initiative, we are forever thankful and our members are as well!
Bulk Barn, Stone Road- With the generous support of countless cases of plastic bags we have been able to package and deliver frozen meals and produce weekly to our members since March, we have also received donations of chocolates and candies that have gone into our delivery bags and what a nice treat they were for our members!
Costco, Guelph- We are very grateful for a generous gift certificate donation to CSS for our food program, that has been used to buy sugar and flour in bulk and share amongst our almost 200 members in the food program. 
Domenics No Frills, Guelph- As we have transitioned into a new phase of the food program this has included delivery of pantry items. Our team has been bulk shopping locally to prepare for this program and we cannot say enough about the positive experience we received at this No Frills location.  The team members at this location understand and support our initiative and have become a partner in our shopping experience to allow for us to plan and prepare for this new chapter in our food programming, thank you Domenics!
JOIN CSS ON facebook!
We have created a new facebook group named GWSA-Community Support Services to focus on CSS programming and services, drop on by and follow our group for up to date information around all things CSS. 

In and Around Guelph

Guelph Public Library
The Guelph Public Library is returning to their regular schedule of times and fines. Regular library hours and fines will start again on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Note: Main Library will be open Mondays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday service will resume at all library locations on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

The fine “vacation” that was in effect since March 16, 2020 is coming to an end. Starting on Tuesday September 8, 2020 fines will be applied once again to items returned to the Library after their due date.

Solid Waste Management Master Plan
Recent additions to our project tile in Have Your Say Guelph include a new StoryMap, an online version of what would have been a public open house information session.  It can be found here.   

Public Survey #1 is also available. Taxpayers, residents and businesses in Guelph, and customers of our service, are welcomed to complete the survey as well as share the link with their Guelph friends and neighbours.
The Survey can be found by clicking on the Solid Waste Management Master Plan tile at Have your Say Guelph, the link to the survey is here.  A link to the StoryMap is also available there.

Guelph Community Foundation

The Guelph Community Foundation has been offering support to many groups and initiatives around Guelph.  For more information on their initiatives, follow this link.


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