Seniors Centre

COVID-19 update & Vaccination Centre at the CW Sportsplex 

You can REGISTER to get your COVID vaccine at the new Wellington County Vaccination Centre at the CW Sportplex (550 Belsyde Ave, Fergus). The link will bring you to the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website. At the bottom of the page find "Click here to PROCEED TO THE REGISTRATION SITE". Click and register here.

For help registering please click here to watch this video that Public Health created to assist with the online booking system: 

If you still need help registering or are having trouble registering, please call 519-822-2715 ext. 4506. They encourage online registration as much as possible as the quickest way. Due to call volumes, it may take up to three days to get back to you.

For more information about the Vaccination Centre, click here.   

COVID UPDATE:

The Township of Centre Wellington's has full confidence in our local healthcare system and are committed to working closely with local hospitals, health care and community partners, Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Ontario and national partners to monitor and respond accordingly to the COVID-19 situation.

The province is now in Step Three of its roadmap to reopening, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health restrictions. Outdoor gatherings, non-essential retail, day camps and more can once again be enjoyed, in limited capacity.

These changes include the following impacts to township programs and services:

  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted.  If a member of the community would like to offer an outdoor class/program to the public on Township property, please contact staff to obtain a permit. 
  • Day camp registration is now open.  We are excited to offer modified in-person day camps for children six to twelve years of age.  Our camps are planned with limited capacity to ensure safety and will be held outdoors as much as possible.  Camps will take place at the Elora Community Centre, with the exception of one week at the CW Community Sportsplex.  The change in location to Elora has been made due to the Wellington Guelph Public Health vaccination clinic currently taking place at the CW Community Sportsplex.  For more information and to register, visit www.centrewellington.ca/daycamps
  • The Elora Fergus Tourism Information Centre is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Public washrooms at the Tourism Centre as well as outdoor washroom facilities at Bissell Park, Elora Community Centre, Forfar Park and the Fergus Weigh Scale building will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Staff are currently working on opening the Southridge, O’Brien Park and Victoria Park Fergus washrooms.
  • Sports fields are open for training with three metres physical distancing.  To reserve a field, please contact staff.
  • Outdoor amenities remain open with rules in place to ensure the safety of all our residents.  Splash pads at Millburn Park in Fergus and the new Nora Carlaw pad at O’Brien Park are open.   Please follow the rules posted at the parks so that we can continue to have them open to the public. 
  • The Elora Municipal Office, the CW Community Sportsplex (the vaccination clinic will still operate by Wellington Dufferin Public Health unit), the Elora Community Sportsplex, the Victoria Park Seniors Centre, Fergus Grand Theatre and Belwood Hall will remain closed to the public.
  • Township staff will be available to assist and service residents by electronic means only.  Phones will continue to be answered between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at 519-846-9691, general email inquiries can be sent to clerks@centrewellington.ca and service requests such as purchasing of dog tags and burn permits are available online at www.centrewellington.ca/permits
  • Essential transportation, water and wastewater services will continue to operate on a priority basis to support our community.
  • Cemetery services will be provided by appointment only.  Please call 519-846-9691 ext. 240 to schedule an appointment.
  • At this time, building permits will only be accepted electronically through email. All applicable forms and documents can be emailed to building@centrewellington.ca.  If residents do not have the ability to apply electronically, applications can left at the municipal drop box outside the main doors of the Township Office in Elora.  All other Building Division services will be conducted online, by email at building@centrewellington.ca or by calling 519-846-9691 ext. 907.  Visit the building webpage for more information.  
  • Community halls, meeting rooms, the fitness centre and weight room and the Aquatic Centre at the CW Community Sportsplex will remain closed due to the vaccination clinic operation.
  • The Victoria Park Seniors Centre will continue to operate virtually.  For our seniors who still wish to work out, attend online seminars, virtual games and social programs from the comfort of their own home – our virtual zoom sessions will continue to take place.  For more information, visit www.centrewellington.ca/seniorscentre
  • All Township playgrounds, trails, designated off-leash dog parks, skateparks, basketball & tennis courts and sportsfields are open.  

The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.  At the end of the 21 days, they will evaluate vaccination rates and look for positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators.  If trends in key public health and health system indicators are positive, the province will move to the next step two weeks after the following vaccination thresholds have been met.

The Township will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments to services as needed. 

We will update this page when new information is available, click the blue "subscribe to this page" button at the bottom of the page to get updates as soon as we post them. We are also posting regular updates on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 Victoria Park Seniors Centre Pre-registration Information

 

RESUMING MID-SEPTEMBER ------- Pre-registration is required for ALL programs at the Centre. 
You must be registered or have an appointment 
pre-booked before entering the building.

 Registration is easy!  Registration opened on April 6 at 8:30 a.m. and there are several ways to pre-register for our programs.

  • Click here to register online.  If you are not sure how to register online, click here to learn more, or watch our "How to Register online" recording now
  • Connecting over Zoom: Click the link for the program you wish to participate in at the scheduled time. Follow the prompts on screen to open Zoom in your browser. For step-by-step instructions, watch this video. If this is your first time using Zoom, give yourself an extra 5 to 10 minutes to make sure you have Zoom up and running correctly. Another Zoom how-to resource: click here for Zoom support tutorial and click on the first one called “Join a meeting”.
  • Connecting over the phone: Call the number for the program you wish to join at the scheduled time. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID number followed by #.
  • If you need help connecting either by phone or online, you can contact Frank Irvine (VPSC Computer Instructor) 519-831-4278

 

RESUMING MID-SEPTEMBER  -- In-person programming at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre -- LOOK AT VIRTUAL PROGRAMS BELOW

Pre-registration is required for ALL programs at the Centre. You must be registered or have an appointment to enter the building.

 

Spring Victoria Park Seniors Centre pre-registered Activities
Beginning on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

 

Start Time Monday                                   Tuesday                                   Wednesday Thursday Friday

All day

10am to 3pm

Outside  
Lending Cart: Books, Magazines & Puzzles
Outside  
Lending Cart: Books, Magazines & Puzzles
Outside  
Lending Cart: Books, Magazines & Puzzles
Outside  
Lending Cart: Books, Magazines & Puzzles
Outside  
Lending Cart: Books, Magazines & Puzzles
10 a.m.  

Main Hall
Genealogy
10-11:30 a.m.

     
10:15 a.m.

 

Billiards Room
4 players
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Call to book

 

Billiards Room
4 players
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Call to book
 
10:30 a.m.  

Craft Room
Bunka
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  Craft Room
Italian Group
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
12:30 p.m.

 

    Craft Room
Art Group
12:30-2 p.m.
 
12:45 p.m.   Billiards Room
4 LADIES only
12:45-1:45 p.m.
Call to book
  Billiards Room
4 players
12:45-1:45 p.m.
Call to book
 
1 p.m.   Main Hall
French Group
1-2:30 p.m.
  Main Hall
Bingo
1-2:30 p.m.
 

Clinics are available by APPOINTMENT ONLY
Please call the Reception Desk at 519-846-9691 ext.204 to book the following: Foot Care (Tuesdays), Reflexology (Thursdays).

Click here to pre-register for Activities.  Registration opens on Tuesday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Virtual (online through Zoom) Seniors Centre Fitness Classes, Social Programs and Seminars

Click here for our AUGUST 2021 Virtual program calendar.

 

VIRTUAL FITNESS & YOGA CLASSES:

  • NOTE: For all virtual fitness classes where we cannot assist you in person, please listen to your body and use your discretion to choose which exercises you do and how intensely you do them. We want everyone to be safe. These virtual exercises are intended to encourage you to gently move your body, so don’t push yourself beyond what feels okay. Participating in these exercise activities is done entirely at your own risk. It is strongly recommended that you check with your primary care provider before beginning any fitness program.
  • NOTE: If you would like to borrow hand weights (various sizes available), fitness band or Zumba toning-sticks, contact khall@centrewellington.ca or 519-846-9691 ext. 278 to arrange a curbside pick up.

 

Building Strength Fitness: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8:40 am to 9:10 am

Each 30 minute class includes a warm-up and a cool-down/stretch period. Intermediate level classes, however, options for different fitness levels will be demonstrated. Instructor: Glenda Rose.

  • Monday: Lower Body Exercises to help strengthen the leg muscles, as well as the gluteals and lower back muscles. A mat is needed as some exercises will be done on the floor. Hand weights may occasionally be used, too. (No class Mondays: August 2 or 30). 
  • Wednesday: Core The target zone for this class is the core, working on the abdominal and back muscles. A mat is required for this class as most exercises will be done on the floor.
  • Friday: Upper Body Arms, chest and shoulder muscles will be put to work in this class. Hand weights will be used. If you don’t have weights, water bottles or soup cans work, too.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89824200500

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 898 2420 0500#

 

Low Impact Cardio & Weights: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:15 am to 9:45 am

This class can be done either standing or sitting. We begin with some cardio to warm up the joints and muscles and also to elevate your heart rate as is recommended by the Centre for Activity and Aging along with or followed by using weights to build strength (if you don't have weights, don't worry because cans, water bottles or even no weights can work). No floor work. Instructor: Karen Murtagh. (No class Mondays: August 2 or 30).

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89948581701

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 899 4858 1701#

 

Chair Hatha Yoga: Mondays 9:50 am to 10:20 am

This class is suited to those new to Yoga and to those who have practiced for a long time. It includes standing postures using your chair for support as needed and for specific sequences followed by sitting postures on the chair and ending with breath awareness and relaxation. *Yoga mat or running shoes for stability. No floor work. Please do not eat for an hour before class (or only have something light). Instructor: Karen Murtagh. (No class August 2 or 30).

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84483170002

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 844 8317 0002#

 

Zumba Gold: Tuesdays, 8:40 am to 9:10 am

Join us for great music while focusing on balance, range of motion, coordination with moderate intensity. Wear running shoes. Instructor: Sarah Gray-Schleen.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85755458054

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685 ID: 857 5545 8054#

 

Zumba Gold-Toning: Thursdays, 8:40 am to 9:10 am

Join us for cardio with a focus on muscle conditioning using maraca-like toning sticks (or bottles of water or whatever light weights you have). Wear running shoes. Instructor: Sarah Gray-Schleen.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89602491186

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 896 0249 1186#

 

Fit Bones Plus: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 am to 9:45 am

Exercise program designed specifically for older adults to help achieve good bone health and reduce risk of developing osteoporosis. Focus on standing balance and building strength. Instructor: Kelly Offer will guide you through exercises and provide information to help maintain bone strength and prevent bone loss.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86893470161

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685  ID: 868 9347 0161#

 

Yoga and Movement for Healthy Joints: Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

This combines yoga and other movements for the focus and benefit of keeping mobility and strength. We will sit on the chair to begin followed by some standing movements. Instructor: Karen Murtagh. (No class Tuesday, August 31).

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83409408816

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 834 0940 8816#

 

Moderate Hatha Floor Yoga: Wednesdays, 9:50 am to 10:20 am

Hatha Yoga done with a varied combination of standing, hands and knees, seated on floor and lying on front and back, ending with a short relaxation practice. Please do not eat for an hour before class (or only have something light). *Yoga mat or running shoes for stability. Instructor: Karen Murtagh.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83460941531

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 834 6094 1531#

 

Fit Bones: Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Gentle chair exercise program designed specifically for older adults to help achieve good bone health and reduce risk of developing osteoporosis. Focus will be on increasing range of motion and maintaining strength. Kelly Offer will guide you through exercises and provide information to help maintain bone strength and prevent bone loss.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89295313498

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685  ID: 892 9531 3498#

 

VIRTUAL SEMINARS & SOCIALS:

Please let us know if you can attend khall@centrewellington.ca or 519-846-9691 ext. 278.

 

Seminar: The 3 D's – Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 pm

Dementia, Delirium and Depression, are often called the Geriatric Giants. This talk will compare and contrast the three and help you differentiate between them, and learn the best steps to take in each situation. Presented by: Robin Smart, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82430400476

 

Seminar: How to Make Sure Your Heirs Don’t Hate You – Tuesday, August 17 at 11:30 am

Wilmot Financial Services is presenting this seminar specifically designed to address financial issues that seniors face. They will provide information so you can make informed decisions and show you solutions to common problems you may be encountering. In this talk, Del Wilmot will go into how to organize your estate so that the information your executor needs is available when the time comes.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86860474873

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 868 6047 4873#

 

Live Musical Entertainment with Helen – Friday, August 20 at 1:00 pm

Please join us for an enjoyable afternoon of live music with Helen. 

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82907088293

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 829 0708 8293#

  

VIRTUAL WEEKLY DROP-IN ACTIVITY GROUPS:

Card Bingo: Mondays at 12:45 pm

All you need is a deck of playing cards to play! (Cancelled on August 2).

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83525223906

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 835 2522 3906#

 

An Ounce of Creativity & a Cup of Tea: Mondays at 2:00 pm

Working on your creative project at home and wouldn't mind some company? Bring any type of project and a cup of tea (or coffee) for a casual social time with others via Zoom. We are happy to send you coloring pages or offer curbside pick up of jig-saw puzzles, etc. if you'd like something new. Painting, knitting, colouring, anything will do! (Cancelled on August 2).

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82219651476

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 822 1965 1476#

 

French Conversation: Tuesdays at 2:30 pm

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85164080099

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 851 6408 0099#

 

Creative Writing: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87602951904

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 876 0295 1904#

 

Bingo: Thursdays at 10:00 am

We can send you bingo cards by mail or email or arrange a curbside pick up. Use whatever you have for markers (buttons, pennies).

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85702325015

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 857 0232 5015#

 

Spanish Conversation: Fridays at 11:15 am

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628880233

Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 816 2888 0233#

 

OTHER ACTVITIES & RESOURCES:

VPSC Lending Library Curbside Pick up

If you would like to borrow books or jig-saw puzzles from VPSC’s lending library (or if you have books/puzzles you would like to share), contact khall@centrewellington.ca to arrange a curbside pick up or drop off. Let us know if you have a request for a specific author and we can let you know what is available.

 

Blanket Project

Do you knit or crochet? Interested in contributing while staying safe at home in this time of physical distancing? Why not help us create blankets! Knit or crochet squares, 6” by 6”, with extra yarn you may have at home. Squares can be any colour. After physical distancing rules are lifted we will get together to put them together. We hope to donate blankets once completed.

 

Other Resources:

  • Need help with Zoom? University of Waterloo student volunteers have a program to assist seniors with Zoom. For free support http://www.entech.club/ or 226-336-9684
  • Check in calls with VPSC Staff: We encourage you to call if you would like someone to chat with, want regular check-in phone calls or need information 519-846-9691 ext. 204.
  • Frauds & Scams: The best way to beat a scam is to stay informed. If you suspect a scam, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca. See Wellington Advertiser article on lottery scams (VPSC is NOT running any raffles or lottery contests) read article here. Download Little Black Book of Scams.
  • Guelph-Wellington Distress Line 519-821-3760 or 1-888-821-3760 daily 8 am to 10 pm or HERE 24/7 Waterloo-Wellington 1-844-437-3274, both confidential support, referral and crisis assistance telephone services.
  • Connect CW’s Virtual Resource Centre https://www.connectcw.ca/ for some great links to activities, workshops and virtual experiences related to recreation, leisure, fitness, well-being, education, culture, arts in our local community and beyond.
  • Ride Well: Wellington County’s Rural Transit Service 1-833-900-7433 or https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/ed-ridewell.aspx#
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington: For a full listing of their upcoming webinars: https://cmhaww.ca/events/ and Tips to Manage Mental Health During COVID-19 https://cmhaww.ca/covid19/
  • Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington https://www.alzheimer.ca/ww/
  • 211 Ontario https://211ontario.ca/ or dial: 2-1-1 or Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213 to find local supports and programs in the community. Search by topic: click “older adults”
  • ConnexOntario 1-866-531-2600 www.connexontario.ca provides access to information on health services. Through telephone, chat or email, speak to System Navigation Specialists 24/7, focusing on mental health, addiction and problem gambling services.
  • Ontario Community Support Program 1-877-330-3213 www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca. Helping isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine, provide rides to vaccination appointments and other essentials.
  • Seniors Safety Line 1-866-299-1011 provides contact and information across the province to assist in cases of elder abuse. Trained counsellors provide safety planning and supportive counseling. http://www.eapon.ca/what-is-elder-abuse/help-for-seniors/
  • COVID-19: Support for People for information about the many available, confidential and free mental health services/supports.
 RESUMING MID-SEPTEMBER -- In-Person Seniors Fitness Classes at the Elora Community Centre
  • Classes are being held at the Elora Community Centre (29 David Street West, Elora)
  • We have made changes to how we will run fitness classes to ensure participants are safe and physically distanced. Fitness classes will be held at the Elora Community Centre (ECC). Click here to view what you can expect when attending classes. There will be one fitness class offered each day at 10 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday. See below for detailed fitness class information.
  • All fitness classes require pre-registration which includes a waiver. To register, click here.
  • See attached “How to Register” information sheet.
  • Please note, participants must be present 10 minutes before class start time. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and indoor shoes. All other equipment provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own hand weights.

Other Activities

Blanket Project
Do you knit or crochet? Interested in contributing while staying safe at home in this time of physical distancing? Why not help us create blankets! Knit or crochet squares, 6 inches by 6 inches, with extra yarn you may have at home. Squares can be any colour. After physical distancing rules are lifted we will get together to put them together. We hope to donate blankets once completed. Email khall@centrewellington.ca for the pattern. 

Other Resources
 

 As always, we encourage you to call us if you would like someone to chat with, or need information 519-846-9691 ext. 204. We love questions and staff are here to help! We also offer regular check-in phone calls if you are interested - just let us know.

  • If you are in need of crisis support, call the Guelph-Wellington Distress Line 519-821-3760 or 1-888-821-3760 daily 8 am to 10 pm or HERE 24/7 Waterloo-Wellington 1-844-437-3274, both confidential support, referral and crisis assistance telephone services.
  • Check out Connect CW’s Virtual Resource Centre https://www.connectcw.ca/ for some great links to activities, workshops and virtual experiences related to recreation, leisure, fitness, well-being, education, culture, arts in our local community and beyond.
  • ConnexOntario 1-866-531-2600 www.connexontario.ca provides access to information on health services. Through telephone, chat or email, you can speak to System Navigation Specialists 24/7, focusing on mental health, addiction and problem gambling services.
  • Ontario Community Support Program 1-877-330-3213 www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca. Helping isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials. 

 

The Township of Centre Wellington provides a wide range of programs and services for seniors at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre.  Whether you are looking for active living programs, support services, or volunteering opportunities.  The Programs offered are tailored to individuals 55+; however all registered programs are open to any adult (18 years of age and older) looking to stay active, develop new skills and friendships.  Victoria Park Seniors Centre, which officially opened its doors in June 1992, is a municipal recreation facility operated by the Community Services Department.  Our goal is to support active, healthy lifestyles for older adults through an extensive range of social, health, recreational and educational activities and programs.  We invite you to drop by, take out a membership and experience the benefits of participating.

You can find us at 150 Albert Street West, Fergus, ON N1M 1X2. Or call us at 519.846.9691 x204 and speak to our Reception Desk. 
Our building is fully accessible including designated parking for those with accessible parking permits.   

Advisory Board

The Centre is run by a volunteer Advisory Board of seven elected Centre Members and one appointed Council Representative.  The Advisory Board acts as a liaison between Seniors and the Township of Centre Wellington and works with the Community Services Department to provide quality recreational opportunities for older adults.  Meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 9:00 am.  All members are welcome.  The monthly Agenda and Minutes of the meetings are posted at the Centre and under Advisory Committees.

 

View the Victoria Park Seniors Centre Advisory Board calendar here.

Additional Support Services

There are other agencies and organizations that provide support for seniors.

Bus Trips

NOTE: Bus Trips are currently on hold due to Covid-19.

 

We are always in the process of organizing new bus trips for Victoria Park Seniors' Centre. All trips depart from and return to the Centre and are on a coach equipped with a washroom. We need a minimum number registered, up to 4 weeks in advance, depending on the venue.

Our Community Guide has a complete list of bus trips.

Those who require special assistance of any kind are responsible for arranging an escort to assist them. Our Travel Escort Volunteer cannot provide special care or one-on-one assistance.


Please note: There are NO REFUNDS for bus trips after we have confirmed our numbers.

Travel arrangements made by: Great Canadian Holidays, 353 Manitou Dr, Kitchener ON  N2C 1L5 
TICO#2280154  1-800-461-8687  EP455/PN5406

Drop-in Activities

New participants are always welcome to take part in the drop-in activities.  All activities are offered on an ongoing basis unless stated otherwise.  You are not required to register in advance; however, you may want to contact the Activity Convenor (listed below each activity) as some groups do require prior organization of players.  Most groups charge a small pay-as-you-go fee.  Attend any activity for free on your first visit.  Then choose to become a member OR pay the non-member fee each time ($1 added to drop-in fee).  Do you have an idea for a new activity?  We are always looking for new programs.

General Information

Seniors have plenty to do in Centre Wellington. Victoria Park Seniors' Centre is located at 150 Albert Street W, Fergus, has programs throughout the year for seniors and adults (over the age of 18). 

 

To explore other recreation options within Centre Wellington view our entire Community Guide which includes aquatics, community events, theatre information and more!

How To Register For Programs

There is always a lot to do at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre. For a detailed list of our programs and services please see our Community Guide.

How to Register

You can register for programs in the Township of Centre Wellington in a few different ways:

  1. In person at  Victoria Park Seniors' Centre located at 150 Albert Street W, Fergus
  2. Online  (see further instructions below)
  3. By mail:
    Make your cheque payable to: Township of Centre Wellington
    Mail to:
    Victoria Park Seniors Centre
    150 Albert Street W, Fergus, N1M 1X2

The Township has launched a registration system called Active Net.  View our programs and register online –it's fast, easy with no fees, just  Click here to go to Active Net registration.

If you run into any problems, feel free to contact us at: 519.846.9691 ext. 204.

Course Materials

Not included in course fees unless indicated. Supply list (if needed for a course) is available at registration and will be printed on your receipt. 

Non-Member or Not a Senior?

That's alright. Non-members and non-seniors are invited to take part in the courses offered through the Centre. Members of the Centre pay a reduced course fee. Remember to register early to avoid the disappointment of a course being cancelled!

Course Cancellation

Should a course be cancelled as a result of insufficient numbers, those who did register will be notified by telephone. Refund cheques will be mailed out from the Township of Centre Wellington Office.

Refunds

1. A full refund will be issued for all courses cancelled by Victoria Park Seniors Centre.
2. Request for refunds must be received 1 week prior to program start date and no refunds will be issued within 1 week of the program start date. (See below for Bus Trip refunds)
3. A $20 administration fee will be applied to refunds requested.
4. No refunds will be issued for senior's bus trips however, contact the Centre and staff will consult a wait list, if available. If a spot is filled by the wait list the administration fee will still apply.

As per the Township of Centre Wellington's Refund Policies.

Memberships

  • Membership is open to anyone 55 years or better (please note that anyone over the age of 18 years is welcome to take programs at a  non-member fee).
  • Annual memberships are available for $26 per person for one year including HST.
  • The membership year runs 365 days from your date of purchase.
  • New Members Talk & Tours are offered monthly at 10:00 am. Please check the monthly calendar or contact the Centre for the next scheduled date.  We are pleased to show you the Centre and provide you with information on programs and services offered.  If you can't attend one of the monthly information sessions, you are most welcome to book a tour of Victoria Park Senior Centre at anytime.  Please call to make an appointment at 519.846.9691 x204. Please note: New Members Talk & Tours are not scheduled for July, August and December. 

You are NOW able to purchase a membership online through our new ACTIVE Net registration system.  Membership fees are non-refundable.  Once you have a valid membership, additional fees are required to participate in programs, special events, bus trips, etc. Please see the "How To Register For Programs" section for the link. 

Member Benefits

As a member of the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre, you will receive many benefits including:

  • Monthly Calendar
  • Access to 80+ weekly programs and services for seniors
  • Bus trips and Centre Services
  • Reduced prices on all programs, courses, seminars, workshops and special events
  • Vote at the Centre's Annual General Meeting
  • Hold an office on the Centre's Advisory Board
  • Have a direct link to our local government through the Community Services Department.
  • Discover a new hobby, skill or talent
  • Opportunities to volunteer
  • And, most importantly, meet new friends

Your membership is very important. It not only indicates your interest but it also forms part of the necessary funding base needed to continue to offer quality recreational activities for older adults at the Centre. 

Visitors

Visitors to the Centre are always welcome! Come out and try a drop-in activity. You can participate in a drop-in activity for no charge the first time. You can then purchase a membership or pay the non-member fee to participate. Non-members and non-seniors are also welcome to take any course, seminar or special event.

Monthly Calendar

Here is our current monthly calendar for Victoria Park Seniors Centre. 

Registered Programs

Seniors have plenty to do in Centre Wellington. Victoria Park Seniors' Centre located at 150 Albert Street W, Fergus, has programs throughout the year for seniors and adults (over the age of 18).  Registration is required to participate in these programs, see our community guide pages for a complete list of programs such as:

  • Fitness Classes
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation
  • Belly Dancing Fitness and Zumba-Gold
  • Computers and Technology
  • Special Interest
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Special Events
  • Bus Trips
  • Watercolour Painting, Pastels and Drawing classes 

Services and Wellness Clinics

Centre Services

Weekly Wednesday Lunch - Wednesdays at 12:00 noon. Includes: main course, vegetable, roll, salad or juice, dessert, tea and coffee. Meet old friends or make new ones while enjoying a delicious lunch. Stay for a social afternoon of euchre, bridge or crafts (no charge for these activities if you come for lunch). Also woodcarving or billiards (small drop-in fee applies). Full menus listed in monthly calendar. Reservations recommended as space is limited. We also host homemade fund-raising lunches and BBQ’s organized by the Centre’s Program Committee. Refer to the Special Events section for dates.

Crafts for Sale - Visit our lovely Craft Shop full of beautiful handmade items, made by our talented Craft and Quilting Group volunteers. Wonderful homemade crafts and collectibles, including baby clothing, knitted sets, quilts, blankets, sweaters, hats, mitts, scarves, and more. All proceeds support VPSC. Available for sale year round. Gift certificates available.

Monthly Email Update with Monthly Calendar - We send monthly emails to keep you up-to-date on what is happening at VPSC. It includes the monthly calendar. To receive this please email khall@centrewellington.ca or pick up a copy of the monthly calendar at the Centre. Day-to-day programs, bus trips, special events, clinics and lunch menus are listed.

Facility Tours - Are you thinking of participating in a program or joining the Centre? Our customer service volunteers and staff would be happy to take you for a tour of the Seniors Centre and answer any questions.

Library, Newspapers, Puzzles, Coffee and Information - Check out our collection of lending library books stocked by your generous donations. Come for coffee and browse through newspapers including the Toronto Star. We accept donations of current magazines for our coffee table. We have a variety of magazine subscriptions generously donated by Ward Hearing. Jigsaw puzzles are available to borrow or buy or try your hand at the on-going jigsaw puzzle. Help yourself to any of the information pamphlets and government publications on a range of topics of interest for older adults.

Volunteer Opportunities (Must be 18 years of age or older) - There are a number of volunteer positions available: kitchen, cooking for groups, special events, food preparation, convenors, committee volunteers. Share your expertise. We are always looking for innovative programming ideas and instructors to lead them. Volunteers who enjoy cooking are needed to help with our fundraising homemade lunches and special events. For more volunteering information contact Kelly at khall@centrewellington.ca or 519.846.9691 x278. 

Wellness Clinics

Blood Pressure Clinics - FREE. Held the second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Centre. A Registered Nurse will be on site to check your blood pressure and provide information. No appointment needed. Simply drop in. Thanks to Heritage River Retirement Residence for sponsoring this program.  

Chair Massage Clinic - Join specialized certified practitioner, Christine Brown, for a relaxing 10-minute chair massage. Reduce tension, stress, headaches, stiff necks, backaches and increase circulation. No removal of clothes and no lotions used. Call the Centre to book your appointment available some Wednesday mornings 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Cost: $10 cash only. 

Foot Care Clinics - Have your feet assessed by a Registered Practical Nurse, certified in Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care. Includes cutting and filing toenails, reduction of corns and calluses, moisturizing skin. $30 cash only. Call VPSC to book appointment. Veterans welcome, bring your Veterans Affairs card. Allow 24 hours if cancelling an appointment to give time to consult the waiting list. Tuesdays and some Fridays. Bring a towel.

Fascial Stretch Therapy (Private Stretch Therapy) - A system of table based stretching that focuses on the fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs) and joint capsule. Benefits: improved posture, anti-aging, reduced risk of injuries, reduced pain, improved strength and decreased stress. Book your one-on-one session and feel the difference. Service provided by Fascial Stretch Therapist, Kelly Offer. Call the Centre for prices or to book your appointment or koffer@trainingbodies.com. Cash or cheque. 

Fitness Assessments - Every body is unique. Working one-on-one we will discover what exercises work best with your body. Whether you are trying to lose weight, suffer from chronic pain, have less than ideal posture or just want to find out what exercises you should and should not do. Will also help guide you in choosing fitness programs offered at the Centre. Service provided by Certified Personal Trainer, Kelly Offer. Half Hour $35 member, $40 non-member. Full Hour $60 member, $75 non-member. Call the Centre to book your appointment or koffer@trainingbodies.com. Cash or cheque.

Hearing Services 
Hearing Screening Clinic: Has your hearing changed? Meet one-on-one with a Canadian Hearing Society Hearing Care Counsellor. Or if you wear hearing aids, discuss questions about your aids. Book your no charge 30 minute appointment at the Seniors Centre. Look in seminar section in Guide for dates. 

Hearing Seminar: My Hearing is Not as Good as it Used to Be, Now What Do I Do? Presented by the Canadian Hearing Society. Check seminar section in Guide for dates.

Stroke Recovery - Are you a stroke survivor or caregiver? Join the Centre Wellington Stroke Recovery Community Program monthly to learn new community resources, join our walking group and learn how to maximize your recovery in the comfort of your own home community. Held the last Friday of the month at 9:30 am at the Seniors Centre. No charge. All welcome. See the Seminars and Workshops section for topics and speakers scheduled.

Reflexology - Deeply relaxing, reflexology works the reflex points in the feet that relate to different organs and areas of your body. Circulation is improved to facilitate balance within the body. Leave feeling relaxed and yet with a renewed energy. Service provided by Certified Reflexologist: Colleen Trudeau. $30 for 30 minutes. 1 hour appointments also available. Call VPSC to book your appointment time on Monday or Tuesday. 

Video Otoscope Clinic - FREE. Held the second Wednesday of the month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come see Brian from Ward Hearing, to look inside your ear with her video otoscope. A better understanding of your ear promotes awareness to ear health, wax occlusions, and how our hearing system works when properly maintained. Clinic held the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Volunteering (Must be 18 years of age or older)

Do you have a few hours to spare each week, want to be involved in an active Seniors Centre, or looking to meet new friends? Then we need you!

We are always looking for individuals to help us with different tasks. Please take a look at the many opportunities and contact the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre to discuss what options there are for you.

Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities:

Program Committee
Volunteers are needed to help on the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre's Program Committee, which plans and organizes special events and fundraisers for the Centre. This Committee meets once a month on the first Monday at 10:15 am.

Special Events
Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation, set up and organization of special events at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre.

Cooking for a Crowd
Do you enjoy cooking for a big group (40-60 people)? We need volunteers who love to cook to help with our twice monthly fundraising homemade Wednesday lunches offered at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre.

Dishwasher (Wednesdays)
Do you enjoy working in the kitchen? We are looking for volunteers to do dishes at our Wednesday lunches on a rotating schedule. Includes a complimentary lunch.

Wednesday Lunch Servers (Wednesdays)
Do you enjoy working in the kitchen? We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Wednesday lunches on a rotating schedule. Volunteers set tables, serve the meal and cleanup after the lunch. Includes a complimentary lunch.

Food Prep Volunteers (Tuesdays)
With our homemade meals all preparations are done the day prior. Looking for volunteers to help with prep work which may include prep for salads, desserts and the main dish. Volunteers are contacted when assistance is needed. Includes a complimentary lunch.

VPSC Advisory Board Executive
Positions available beginning January 2021 for a three year term by election or acclamation at the November Annual General Meeting. This Advisory Board represents the membership and advises on issues relating to the Seniors Centre and is comprised of seven volunteer members and one representative from CW Township Council. Positions are chosen annually following the AGM.

 

Contact Kelly Hall, Seniors Volunteer & Membership Coordinator at 519.846.9691 x278 or by email for more information on any of the above volunteer positions or fill out this Volunteer Application Form and send to the above email.  

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