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Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Newsletter

September 2020

From Cathy's Desk
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis Dick.  Dennis served several terms as a Town Council representative on the library board and I was privileged to work with him when I first arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  As a life-long resident of the town, Dennis had a great depth of knowledge about the community and he also had a great sense of humour.  He really made me feel welcome and put me at ease with his signature saying, “It’s all good”.
Dennis was among the five town councillors who voted in favour of the new library in 1999.  I’ve always loved the signature at the bottom of the plaque from these councillors commemorating the new facility; “From the 5 who voted for the New Library June 28, 1999 and believed in you!”  For those who might not know, it was a controversial project that saw the library move from Queen St. to Anderson Lane but it was ultimately a good move for the library and for the community.   
What you might not know is Dennis provided the spark that ignited the library interior renovation in 2017.  The spark was his persistent questioning about use of the library’s computer lab.  He noticed the lab was often empty and asked if the space could be put to better use.  The library’s carpeting was due to be replaced and shelving aisles widened but Dennis’s questions about the lab got us thinking big picture.  The Library Board ultimately decided to look at the entire space and we now have a beautifully renovated library that will serve the community well for years to come thanks to Dennis’s impetus.
We are grateful for Dennis’s contributions to the library and the community and send our deepest sympathies to his family.  Thank you, Dennis, for believing in us!

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Access e-books and magazines, learn a new language or research your family history all from the comfort of your home.  
The COVID-19 pandemic is calling on all of us to work collectively in a way many of us have never experienced before.
Here is a list of resources if you want to provide help or are looking for support in our community.

Cyber-Seniors: Tech Mentors Helping Niagara-on-the-Lake Older Adults Navigate the Internet – Is it Working?

Larry W. Chambers*

Hanna Levy*

What is Cyber-Seniors?

Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) older adults, many experiencing isolation and loneliness, may also find it difficult to access information readily available online. Some may have received devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones but they do not know how to use them.

Cyber-Seniors is a NOTL program free to users that trains students to become technology mentors for older adults. This program is endorsed by the NOTL Community Wellness Committee and has a documentary film featuring Cyber-Seniors’ accomplishments. Nancy Siciliana manages Cyber-Seniors that matches tech-savvy students with older adults looking for help. The students gain practical experience while earning volunteer hours and developing job skills that enhance opportunities for future employment, as the seniors gain valuable skills to help keep them connected to the community.

Some of the tools Cyber-Seniors tech mentors can teach are:

-       Ordering groceries online

-       Video calling with family and friends (e.g. FaceTime and Zoom)

-       Booking transportation

-       Online banking

-       Virtual doctor appointments



How is Cyber-Seniors being advertised in NOTL?

The two main methods of advertisement used are flyers sent by e-mail to older adults in the NOTL community, and flyers given to retirement and long-term care homes. As well, a newspaper article was published on July 16, 2020 to raise awareness.

Help us determine the reach and impact of Cyber-Seniors!

The NOTL Community Wellness Committee endorses Cyber-Seniors. Cindy Grant, chair of the Committee, reports that her Committee wishes to determine the coverage of Cyber-Seniors in NOTL. Please call Cindy to share your thoughts and comments on the questions to help determine ways to improve access to Cyber-Seniors and find out its impact. The responses received back will be forwarded to Nancy Siciliana.

Call Cindy Grant at 905 468 7498


1)    Have you learned about use of the Internet from a Cyber-Seniors tech mentor?

a.    YES

b.    NO

2)    Would you recommend Cyber-Seniors to friends and relatives?

a.    YES     

b.    2 NO

3)    How did you find out about Cyber-Seniors? (check all that apply)

o   July 16 NOTLLocal article

o   A friend or relative

o   Notification in a retirement home or long-term care home

o   Other (please specify) ____________________________


4)    Where do you live?

a.    Niagara-on-the-Lake

b.    St. David’s

c.    Virgil

d.    Other (please specify) ______________________________

5)    What else should be done to help people learn how to use the Internet?

a.    Learning sessions held at the Library

b.    Learning sessions held at the Museum

c.    Additional advertisements in the local newspapers about CyberSeniors

d.    Other _________________


Seniors interested in receiving help from a tech mentor or students interested in becoming a mentor can call 1-844-217-3057.

To apply online to be a tech mentor, visit

There is no fee for the program. It is funded by grants and donations. 

*Larry W. Chambers has authored 175 articles and books concerning disease prevention (e.g. dementia), quality improvement in long-term care homes, and innovative approaches for continuing professional development. He is research director of the Niagara Regional Campus, School of Medicine, McMaster University. Hanna Levy is a medical student at the Niagara Regional Campus of the McMaster University School of Medicine.

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