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Volume 12, Issue 2, Fall 2011

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Movers and Shakers Update
Board of Director's Update
Executive Director's Update
Meadowvale West Church Centre Update
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Square One Older Adult Centre Staff


A centre, operated by and for Mississauga's Older Adult Residents who are 50+ years of age, which provides social, health, educational and recreational opportunities to enhance their quality of life.

100 City Centre Drive, P.O. Box 2214,
Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9 Canada
(905) 615-3207

Upcoming Events

Be Informed - Be Healthy:
Free Drug Awareness and Older Adult Health Event

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
There will be safe meds for seniors presentation, displays by community agencies, safer substance use and gambling presentation, light refreshments and door prizes.
Please pick up your FREE ticket at the Administration Office.

Christmas Lunch and Dance

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 for Members, $22.00 for Guests 50+
Sponsored by VIVA Retirement Community Mississauga.

New Member Social

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:00 p.m.
FREE. Sign up at Administration Office
Refreshments provided by Evergreen Retirement Community.

Square One Seniors Wellness Services (SOSWS)
2nd Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments and entertainment as we celebrate our 2nd Year of providing wellness services.
Tickets: $2.00 for Members and Guests.

Christmas Music

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5.00 for Members, $6.00 for Guests
Sponsored by Bayshore Home Health.

New Year's Eve Party

Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16.00 for Members, $18.00 for Guests 50+

Upcoming Fundraisers
2012 Entertainment Books
On sale now, $30.00 each book.

Crafter's Club Show and Sale
November 21 - 24, 2011 - in the lobby.

Volunteering . . .
Christmas Gift Wrap

Saturday, December 3 to Saturday, December 24, 2011
Have all of your Christmas gift wrapping done in the Square One Shopping Centre this holiday season.
Please see Karmela Buzdon if you are interested in volunteering for gift wrapping.
The Centre is looking for donations of: Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags, boxes, Christmas cards, bows, and ribbons.

Movers and Shakers Update

Travel Office Hours for December 2011:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Executive Director Message

Congratulations to the 99 participants who raised over $21,500.00 in our Walk-a-thon this year! You have done an amazing job! Congratulations to the top three individual pledge collectors: Cam Wooledge raised $5,661.00, Edna Michelin raised $4,997.00, and Corrine McCallum raised $840.00. Way to go ladies! Also, congratulations to the Mall Walkers group which raised $4,910.75 and won the team contest. We thank our generous sponsors who supported the event: Home Instead Senior Car, Chartwell Seniors Housing, MEDIchair, Palisades on the Glen and Amy Ozamiz of Investors Group.

We will be celebrating with our members and volunteers who have achieved 80+ years of age. We will be hosting our first ever Over 80's Celebration on Thursday, November 17, 2011. We thank VIVA Retirement Community Mississauga for sponsoring this event. Invitations are being sent out to those folks who are 80 years and better. If you didn't receive your invitation, please see Anne or Laura.

We are dedicating the 18th Annual International Lunch to our founding Board member, Lewis Lawrence, who sadly passed away in June of this year. Please join us for the Lewis Lawrence International Lunch on Thursday, November 24, 2011. Tickets sell out fast for this Members Only event, so don't delay. Tickets are $10.00 each.

To my dear friends at Square One Older Adult Centre (SQOAC):

The last 17 years have been exciting. When I was first hired by the Board of Directors in 1994, as their first full-time staff member, SQOAC was just starting out. We have experienced such amazing growth that we now have over 1600 members and over 150 volunteers. We now have 6 full-time staff and over 20 part-time staff. We developed and registered a seniors' health and wellness charity called Square One Seniors Wellness Services and we now have a satellite location in Meadowvale. Wow!

Unfortunately, it is time for me to enter into the next chapter of my career. I have accepted the position of Executive Director of the Square One Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO). I have been a member of the OACAO Board of Directors and Executive for the past 15 years. The OACAO provides resources, expertise and leadership for Square One Older Adult Centres and seniors groups across the province. Square One Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services (SOSWS) are both members of the OACAO. We have received funding from the OACAO to host our annual Seniors Health and Information Fairs. I am looking forward to my new position as it will allow me to further advocate and support Square One Older Adult Centres across Ontario. It will also allow me to stay connected to SQOAC and SOSWS, so that is great. However, it saddens me to leave Square One Older Adult Centre and my many friends here. You have been a huge part of my life and I will miss seeing you all. I promise you that I will still stay connected and supportive of SQOAC.

I thank all of you for your past support. I especially thank the Board of Directors and staff who have worked hard alongside with me. All of you have truly enriched my life.

~ Sincerely, Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director

Click here to view a Web Album from
The Farewell Tea for Sue Hesjedahl, October 28, 2011

Farewell to Sue Hesjedahl
Executor Director for 17 years
at Square One Older Adult Centre

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Well Wishers for Sue at Farewell Tea
Well Wishers for Sue at Farewell Tea
Staff stands by as Sue delivers her farewell speech
Sue delivers her farewell speech
Sue with two well wishers
Sue with two well wishers

Cam Wooledge, a well wisher, and Sue
Cam Wooledge, a well wisher, and Sue
Jack, a well wisher, and Sue
Jack, a well wisher, and Sue

Board of Director's Update

We are happy to welcome:

L Salb to our staff as incoming Executive Director. Linda comes to us from Osteoporosis Canada where she served as National Director for 10 years. The Hiring Committee saw Linda as being most adaptable to our organization. Linda is eager to meet staff and members.

Sue's expertise was invaluable to the Hiring Committee. Nineteen persons applied for the position.

Eight were selected based on experience and qualifications. Sue created a spreadsheet which allowed the Hiring Committee to statistically analyze resumes based on various criteria. Four persons were selected for interviews, and two of the four for second interviews.

In selecting the candidate, the Hiring Committee looked at personality, work experience as well as credentials. The Committee followed the Ontario Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as well as Square One Older Adult Centre Human Resource Policy Manual.

Linda is looking forward to working with and for our members. Linda sees the position as challenging, so you can look forward to some exciting times. Please join with the Board of Directors and staff in giving Linda a warm welcome.

And with mixed feelings, we say farewell to:

Sue Hesjedahl, our current Executive Director. Sue has accepted the great responsibility of overseeing the Square One Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario (OACAO). Sue has volunteered with OACAO in different leadership roles for 15 years. On October 18, 2010, this organization showed its appreciation of Sue's leadership abilities by presenting her with the Person of Distinction Award - its most prestigious award.

By accepting the position as Executive Director of OACAO, Sue is continuing on a career path she designed for herself. This is an exciting career step for Sue and we can expect innovative concepts from her as she settles into her new position. Square One Older Adult Centre (SQOAC) is a member of OACAO, so Sue will still be in communication with SQOAC.

Sue has nurtured the Square One Older Adult Centre from infancy to adulthood. In 2012, SQOAC celebrqates 20 years of growth, achievements and successes. Sue has faced many challenges throughout the years and has met them with determination, professional expertise and conduct. Sue's organizational abilities and willingness to venture into "unchartered waters" e.g., Deaf Seniors Group - has made her the ideal candidate for the position of Executive Director of OACAO.

We will miss Sue very much. We wish Sue every success in this new career path. We are positive Sue will pursue this new challenge with the same dignity, humour and professional aptitude she demonstrated while nurturing SQOAC.

Thank you, Sue, for creating and guiding the family we call SQOAC.

~ Esther Williams, President

Meadowvale West Church Centre Update

6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Mississauga, ON L5N 2W7 Canada
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For more information contact Ann Langdon at 905-363-0123

Open House
Tuesday, November 6, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Please join us as we open our doors to the local community to tour our facility and get more information about our new older adult programs.
Come and see demonstrations, talk to our instructors and sign up for some classes.
FREE. Sign up at Administration Office at SQOAC.
Sponsored by Palisades on the Glen.

Diabetes Awareness
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

November is Diabetes Awareness month. Do you know that more than 3 million Canadians have diabetes, and more than 6 million Canadians live with pre-diabetes? Do you know that 1 in 3 people with diabetes do not know it?
Come and learn more about the different types of diabetes, symptoms and associated risk factors of diabetes, and the management of diabetes through healthy eating and active living.
FREE. Sign up at Administration Office at SQOAC.
Event Location Off Site: Meadowvale West Church Centre
6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Mississauga, ON L5N 2W7 Canada
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Square One Older Adult Centre
2011 / 2012 Volunteer Board of Directors

Esther Williams - President
Alice Dods - Vice President
Robert Lomon - Controller
Alice Dods - Director, Administration and Secretary
Manuel Castellino - Director, Facilities
Ajit Zacharias - Director, Marketing
Tessie Buena - Director, Programs and Cafeteria
Linda Keen-Lausberg - Director, Special Events and Fundraisers
Juliet Rebello - Director, Travel
Jean Michaels - Director, Volunteers
Tessie Buena - Director at Large

Frank Dale - Ex-Officio Director, Ward 4 Councillor, City of Miississauga
Wendy Murdock - Ex-Officio Director, City of Mississauga
Claire Santamaria - Ex-Officio, Square One Shopping Centre

Peter Hammond, L.L.B. - Legal Consultant (Volunteer)

View photos of current Members of Board of Directors

Square One Older Adult Centre Staff

Sue Hesjedahl - Executive Director
Laura Surman - Program Coordinator (with responsibility for Centre Supervision)
Anne Goldspink Norman - Administration and Facility Coordinator
Lina Zita - Marketing and Community Development Coordinator
Karmela Buzdon - Volunteer Coordinator
Ann Langdon - Community Engagement Coordinator
Joan Crews - Saturday Receptionist