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GWSA Email Update for the Month of July

Welcome to the GWSA Email Update

Living with COVID-19 is our new normal and the rate of change of information is slowing.  In light of this, we are transitioning from providing the GWSA COVID-19 Pandemic Response Update and returning to less frequent GWSA Email Updates.  We will resume sending these out once a month unless there is important information that we feel the membership should be aware of more quickly.  If you wish to forward this email to a friend, you may do so using this link.

Happening at the GWSA

The Photography Club
The Photography Club continues to meet regularly via Zoom and have themed photoshoots.  Check out their website for interesting views and possibly some laughs.

The Computer Mentoring Group
The Computer Mentoring Group has been offering online help with PC and Apple products to members. If you would like some first-class assistance, go to for details.

The Golf Club 
The Golf Club is in full swing and are enjoying regular outings.

The Quilting Club 
The Quilting Club meets via Zoom as needed and the quilters continue to work on the COVID-19 mask initiative.  They provided 100 masks to Guelph Independent Living for their clients which brought in another $400 for the Quilting Club.  The members are quilting during the summer months to fill the Treasure Chest with new items, including masks for the grand-opening of the centre, whenever that may be.  

The Improving Bridge Club
The Improving Bridge club is playing on line using the program Bridge Base.

The Scrabble Club
The scrabble club is also meeting on line.

The Silvertones
The Silvertones have cancelled all engagements for the remainder of 2020 but they and the Silver Strummers are using zoom to practice and play with each other.

The West End Art Group
The West End Art Group are painting and drawing at home.  They keep in touch with each other via email and telephone calls.

A complete listing of the GWSA Activity groups is located here


Happening In and Around Guelph


The regular Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games and 75th anniversary celebrations have been postponed until 2021. As a thank-you for all your well-wishes they are pleased to Tartan Up and offer you a weekend full of community and virtual events.
Aug. 7 to 9, tune into their website where they will be hosting a 'Wee Digital Ceilidh'. There will be content from some of their regular musicians as well as original and never seen before presentations from Highland Dance, Clans, Heavy Athletics, and Pipes and Drums.

Fergus will be host to visual displays, highland dancers, and the stirring sounds of pipes and drums. There is also a Tartan Up home and business decorating competition.
Learn more here

Guelph Dining District and Road Closures

From July 10 until Sept. 7, parts of Macdonell and Wyndham streets will be closed to vehicles, open for restaurants to expand patios. Whether you visit by bus, car, bike or on foot, you can easily access your favourite restaurant or shop. 

For those driving to the downtown core, paid parking is available in the city-owned Wilson Street and West parkades, along with the Macdonell, Baker and Wyndham lots. Free two-hour on-street parking is also available on the surrounding streets.
Read article in Mercury Tribune

Guelph Businesses Making a Difference 

Bookshelf Cafe
Want a different movie to watch or to read a new book with a glass of wine? The Bookshelf Cafe is offering movie streaming and either curbside pick-up or contact free delivery of books and wine within Guelph, Monday to Friday. Details are here.

Guelph-based 60-minute COVID-19 Test Gets Health Canada Approval
A COVID-19 test developed in Guelph that reveals results in 60 minutes is now available on the open market.  Designed by Guelph-based Precision Biomonitoring and manufactured by Philadelphia-based Biomeme, the SARS-CoV-2 Real-Time RT-PCR Test has been approved by Health Canada and is available for distribution across the country.
Read article in Guelph Today


COVID-19 Updates

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Area Moves to Phase 3
As of Friday, July 17, our region of Ontario will move to Stage 3 of re-opening.  This means that many more businesses can reopen and that the numbers of people allowed to gather together is increased.  Some highlights of these changes are:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements;
  • WDG mask policy remains in place.

You can find more about the scope of the reopening in the Government of Ontario announcement and very specific details in the Government of Ontario Framework document.

You can follow the progress of the reopening at the Hows My Flattening website.

COVID-19 Activity Risk Assessments
Recently the Texas Medical Association released  a COVID-19 Activity Risk Chart.  This tool can help people make decisions about the relative risks of partaking in different activities.  An independent news agency reviewed this chart and compared it to one prepared by a group of Michigan doctors and had this to say about it.

This tool can be a guideline, but a single line on a chart is not enough to make a fully informed decision.  Here are some factors to consider when evaluating the risk of a particular activity:

  • outdoors or indoors
  • crowding and ease of keeping distance
  • degree of interaction required
  • touching of shared surfaces
  • duration of activity

Inspiration from the Front Lines of Care

We will need a vaccine for COVID-19 but each of us needs a healthy immune system that can fight this thing off well if we are exposed or infected. Not everyone can exercise everyday but even a 10 min walk, every day, has huge impacts on the immune system and the ability to ward off chronic diseases.

Sleep has strong regulatory effects on immunological functions. While you sleep, hormones circulate that keep your immune system ready to fight infection, depression and all diseases.

Vitamin D is directly required in some of our immune responses. In the last decade, science has proven the many beneficial effects of Vitamin D.
Diet is key. Without a healthy diet, you are immune deficient, period. We get more out of a plant based diet than a meat based or carbohydrate based diet. It is all about balancing these foods in favour of more fruits and vegetables.

So much of our immune system is regulated by the brain which has its own separate line of defense against infection. Anxiety and negative thoughts change the way your brain functions in a negative way. Work at the impossible dream of being anxiety free at least most of the time.  It helps every aspect of your health.
-condensed from Dr. Zajdlik
Read full postings on Anne-Marie Zajdlik’s blog

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