Seniors Centre

COVID-19 update 

The Province has announced a provincewide shutdown beginning on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 12:01 a.m. Please only leave your home for essential trips, only gather with those in your household and stay connected with friends and family virtually. 

Township measures include:

  • All Township facilities will remain closed to the public until Monday, January 25, 2021.
  • 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
  • 2021 Budget deliberations will continue on Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7, 2021 via electronic measures. 
  • 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.
  • All Township rentals will be paused.
  • All Township parks, playgrounds, trails, designated off-leash dog parks and outdoor amenities remain open.  Outdoor rinks will operate with social distancing protocols in effect. 
  • Outdoor washroom facilities at the Elora Tourism Information Centre, Bissell Park, the Weigh Scale building and Forfar Park will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Provincial measures include, but are not limited to:

  • No indoor gatherings will be permitted with people outside of your household. If you live alone, you may gather with one other household. 
  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people with physical distancing.
  • Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings - curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.

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

Please be advised that at the September & November Advisory Board Meetings for Victoria Park Seniors Centre, the following motions were approved:
- As of October 26, 2020, a flexible membership for Victoria Park Seniors Centre will be available for sale and will be effective from date of purchase and will expire in one year from date of purchase. (We are in the process of contacting those who renewed their membership prior to closure to advise of options).
- The Annual General Meeting for Victoria Park Seniors Centre has been cancelled until further notice.

 REGISTRATION ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR ALL IN-PERSON PROGRAMS - LOOK AT VIRTUAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE BELOW. 

Victoria Park Seniors Centre Pre-registration Information

 

For the January Calendar click here.

 

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 December 7 at 10 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

 

ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, LOOK AT VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING OPTIONS BELOW ------------ In-person programming at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre

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

 

Winter Victoria Park Seniors Centre pre-registered Activities
Beginning on Monday, January 4, 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.

Main Hall
Weight Support
10-11:30 a.m.
  Main Hall
Spanish Group
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

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

Main Hall
Colour Circle
12:30-2 p.m.

  Main Hall
Woodcarving
12:30-2 p.m.
Craft Room
Art Group
12:30-2 p.m.
Main Hall
Afternoon Movie
12:30-2 p.m.
12:45 p.m. Billiards Room
4 players
12:45-1:45 p.m.
Call to book
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
Billiards Room
4 players
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. Craft Room
Quilting Group
1-2:30 p.m.
Main Hall
French Group
1-2:30 p.m.
Craft Room
Crafting 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: Reflexology (Mondays), Foot Care (Tuesdays)


Click here to pre-register for Activities.  Registration opens on Monday, December 7 at 10 a.m.

Online Seniors Centre Fitness Classes and Seminars

VIRTUAL FITNESS 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.

NEW: Tai Chi: Mondays, 9:15 am to 9:45 am (begins January 4)

This slow-moving, meditative and gentle exercise helps restore and maintain fitness and flexibility. This non-strenuous introductory class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Instructor: Christina Graf.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83961705530
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 839 6170 5530#

 

Cardio, Weights, Core, No Floor: Mondays, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

A low-impact cardio and weights fitness class to invigorate and strengthen your body and soul. Please have a chair handy and weights if you have them. Wear running shoes. Instructor: Karen Murtagh.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81368420764
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 813 6842 0764#

 

Zumba Gold-Toning: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:50 am to 10:20 am

Join us twice a week 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. Contact kmorgan@centrewellington.ca or 519-846-9691 ext. 277 if you would like to do a curbside pick up of the toning sticks (either 1 lb or 2.5 lbs).
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89602491186
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 896 0249 1186#

 

Zumba Gold: Tuesdays, 9:50 am to 10:20 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#

 

Fit Bones Plus: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 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. Kelly Offer will guide you through exercises and provide information to help maintain bone strength and prevent bone loss. We will be using a band so you can contact the Seniors Centre for a curbside pick up.    
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86893470161
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 868 9347 0161#

 

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. We will be using a band so you can contact the Seniors Centre for a curbside pick up.   
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89295313498
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685   ID: 892 9531 3498#

 

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

Seated in a chair and using the chair for standing stretches, increase your range of motion and strengthen support of your joints. No experience needed. Instructor: Karen Murtagh.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83409408816
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 834 0940 8816#

 

Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Warm-ups for your joints and stretches for your body. Includes seated and standing postures. No experience needed. Instructor: Karen Murtagh.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86097605510
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 860 9760 5510#

 

Osteo Fit: Wednesdays, 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Physical activity plays an essential role in the treatment of Osteoporosis by stimulating our bones to maintain structure and strength. When treating Osteoarthritis it is important to ensure proper alignment of joints. Four types of exercise are necessary in the management of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis: strength, posture and core stability, balance and weight bearing. Improving strength, balance and posture reduces the risk of falling. We will use hand weights and/or a band if you have them or contact the Seniors Centre for a curbside pick up. Instructor: Jane Gage, Reg. Kinesiologist.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81879206650
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685  ID: 818 7920 6650#

 

VIRTUAL SEMINARS/SOCIALS:

Coffee & Chat with Kelly & Kathy: Friday, January 8 at 9:30 am &/OR Friday, January 22 at 9:30 am

So what have you been up to? Grab a coffee and let’s catch up! Join us virtually (by telephone or computer device) for an informal, fun chat and social connection with others. Two dates to join us in January. Limited spaces so please let us know ahead if you can attend: seniors@centrewellington.ca or call 519-846-9691 ext. 204.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87950523964 (for both dates)
Phone Dial in (long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 879 5052 3964#

 

NEW Seminar: Repetitious Questions: Friday, January 15 at 10:00 am

How can we support people living with dementia who ask the same question multiple times? Come to learn why this often happens and ideas to reduce the incidence of repetitive stories or questions. Handout included and there will be a time for discussion. Presented by: Robin Smart, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington. Pre-registration is required, at least 24 hours prior. Please call the Alzheimer Society at 519-742-1422. You will be emailed the Zoom link to participate prior to the session.

 

NEW Seminar: Understanding Ontario’s Personal Income Tax, Credits and Benefits Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Seminar: Monday, January 18 at 1:00 pm

How well do you understand Ontario’s personal income tax, credits and benefit programs? How does it all work in a period disrupted by a pandemic? Are there new relief measures you can access? Was your income for 2020 significantly impacted, changing what you normally qualify for? Join Jeremy Bertrand, Tax Advisory Specialist with The Ontario Ministry of Finance, for this one-hour webinar designed to help you understand personal income tax, credits and benefits, and how they are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Regardless of your age, income level, or time of year it is, your time will be well spent. Let me know if you can attend: kmorgan@centrewellington.ca or call 519-846-9691 ext. 277.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88668667996
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 886 6866 7996#

 

NEW Seminar: Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds - The Connection Between a Healthy Lifestyle and Mental Health: Thursday, January 21 @ 1:00 pm

Join Claire Knight, Kinesiologist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and mental health ambassador as she discusses how your physical health and lifestyle plays a part in your overall mental health. Claire will talk about how stress, sleep, nutrition, and recreation are directly linked to your mental health, digestion and overall energy level. Learn about some simple tools that can help you live a healthier, happier life. Let me know if you can attend: kmorgan@centrewellington.ca or call 519-846-9691 ext. 277.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82202265877
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 822 0226 5877#

 

NEW Seminar: Keep Your Independence in Your Own Home and Postpone Going to a LTC Home:
Tuesday, January 26 at 11:30 am

Del Wilmot from Wilmot Financial Services will present this important and timely webinar. This CARP endorsed product allows you to stay at home and get the care you need there and not in a LTC facility. This has become especially important for many Seniors and the families during these times as we deal with COVID-19. Del will go over all the features and benefits of this product and there will be time after the presentation for you to ask questions. https://www.wilmotfinancial.ca/. Let me know if you can attend: kmorgan@centrewellington.ca or call 519-846-9691 ext. 277.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81145339429
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 811 4533 9429#

 

VIRTUAL DROP-IN ACTIVITY GROUPS:

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 on hand for markers (buttons, pennies). Email kmorgan@centrewellington.ca or call 519-846-9691 ext. 204.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85702325015
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 857 0232 5015#

 

NEW: Genealogy: Tuesdays at 1:00 pm (begins January 5)

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87847313292
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 878 4731 3292#

 

NEW: French Conversation: Tuesdays at 2:30 pm (begins January 5)

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85164080099
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 851 6408 0099#

 

NEW: Creative Writing: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm (begins January 6)

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87602951904
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 876 0295 1904#

 

NEW: Spanish Conversation: Fridays at 11:15 am (begins January 8)

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628880233
Phone Dial in
(long distance charges may apply): 1-647-374-4685    ID: 816 2888 0233#

 

 ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, LOOK AT VIRTUAL OPTIONS ABOVE ----------- Indoor Seniors Fitness Classes at the CW Community Sportsplex
  • We have made changes to how we will run fitness classes to ensure participants are safe and physically distanced. Fitness classes will be held in the Gord Brown Hall at the CW Sportsplex. Click here to view what you can expect when attending classes at the Sportsplex and the schedule for the first phase. There will be one fitness class offered each day at 10 a.m. from Monday 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.
  • We look forward to seeing you at the CW Sportsplex for Seniors Fitness Classes!

 

Seniors: Yoga with Flair...and a Chair!

Yoga for everyone! All levels of experience are welcome. By having a chair for our yoga practice, it allows us the opportunity to stay longer in our stretches and in our balancing postures with the benefit of not having to get down to a cold floor for relaxation and breath awareness. Please bring a yoga mat (and a block if you have one). Instructor: Karen Murtagh. No class February 15.
Mondays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
January 4 to February 8, 6 classes
$52.20 member, $62.20 non-member

 

Mondays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
February 22 to March 29, 6 classes
$52.20 member, $62.20 non-member

 

Seniors: Strength Training Tuesdays

An intermediate level class for those wishing to increase strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a mat. You must be able to go to the floor and stand up unassisted. You are welcome to bring your own hand weights. Instructor: Glenda Rose.
Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
January 5 to February 16, 7 classes
$60.90 member, $70.90 non-member

 

Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
February 23 to March 30, 6 classes
$52.20 member, $62.20 non-member

 

Seniors: Tai Chi NEW

This slow-moving, meditative and gentle exercise helps restore and maintain fitness and flexibility. This one-hour, non-strenuous introductory class is suitable for all fitness levels. Instructor: Christina Graf.
Tuesdays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
January 5 to February 16, 7 classes
$67.90 member, $77.90 non-member

 

Tuesdays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
February 23 to March 30, 6 classes
$58.20 member, $68.20 non-member

 

Seniors: Strength Training Wednesdays

An intermediate level class for those wishing to increase strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a mat. You must be able to go to the floor and stand up unassisted. You are welcome to bring your own hand weights. Instructor: Glenda Rose.
Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
January 6 to February 17, 7 classes
$60.90 member, $70.90 non-member

 

Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
February 24 to March 31, 6 classes
$52.20 member, $62.20 non-member

 

Seniors: Strength Training Thursdays

A basic level class for those wishing to increase strength, balance and flexibility. You are welcome to bring your own hand weights. Chairs are available for those wishing to use them. Bring a mat. Instructor: Glenda Rose.
Thursdays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
January 7 to February 18, 7 classes
$60.90 member, $70.90 non-member

 

Thursdays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
February 25 to April 1, 6 classes
$52.20 member, $62.20 non-member

 

Seniors: All Around Fitness

This intermediate level class includes cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance, balance and flexibility. Bring a mat. You must be able to go to the floor and stand up unassisted. Instructor: Glenda Rose.
Fridays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
January 8 to February 19, 7 classes
$60.90 member, $70.90 non-member

 

Fridays, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
February 26 to March 26, 5 classes
$43.50 member, $53.50 non-member

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 Kathryn for the pattern.

Sending Support Pen Pal Program
The Community Resource Centre in Fergus thanks you for your patience as they continue to plan this new community program. They can now take registrations. If interested, please use their google form for registering as a pen pal.  They hope to collect registrations for the next couple weeks, and send out supplies and postage by the end of September so folks can start sending letters. If you have any questions or issues with registering please contact sarahlynnkeating@outlook.com 

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.  

Contact Us