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Community at Home Newsletter

Vol. 1, No. 11 June 4, 2021        

June is Seniors' Month in Ontario and GRCOA is happy to partner with the City to provide activities to allow participants to try something new as they -
 Stay Safe, Active and Connected.

History of the Mohawk Institute Residential School
The Grand River Council on Aging invites you to join by ZOOM, Janis Montour of the Woodland Cultural Centre, to learn about the history of the Mohawk Institute Residential School, the experiences of survivors of the school, and the impact that the residential school system continues to have on our communities.
Wednesday, June 16
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
To register: email 

Community Upcoming Events

Creating a Life You Love
The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites you to join Dr. Natasha Sharma who will empower you with tools and techniques to elevate your emotional and mental wellbeing. This interactive workshop will educate, engage, and inspire you to take control of your life through the power of self-acceptance and compassion toward others.
Thursday, June 10
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
To learn more or register:

Call and Connect: Bird Watching
The County of Brant Public Library invites you to join bird watching guru, Anne Hughes, to discuss bird watching during the "Call and Connect" program. Learn from experts, borrow a take-home kit, and meet new people. All you need is your telephone and a library card available to anyone (free and available to anyone, whether you live in the County of Brant or not) borrow the monthly kit.
Bird watching kits will be provided at the start of June and telephone chats will occur
Wednesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 23.
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
To learn more or register: Email: or phone: 519-442-2433
Buzz Me Information Session: Combating Social Isolation
Seniors and Kids Intergenerational programs (SKIP) invites you to join Tina Praass, representing the program "Buzz Me",  to discuss resources for isolated seniors in the community, the Buzz Me Program as an accessible way to combat social isolation for seniors who do not have access to the internet, and remote volunteer opportunities for seniors in the Buzz Me program.
Friday, June 11
11:00 to 12:00 noon
To learn more:
To register: RSVP with name and and contact information to or call 1-866-999-BUZZ (2499)

Digital Literacy Series:
Brant Skills Centre in partnership with the City of Brantford Healthy Aging brings you a series of workshops to improve your knowledge and confidence on the computer.
   Ask a Tech
Meet one-on-one with an instructor to ask questions about a device or program. 30-minute sessions per person. Registration and time slot selection is required. Please call 519-758-1664.
Wednesday, June 9 and June 16
1:00-4:00 p.m., each individual must book a ½ hour time slot within this time period
   Online Photo Storage and Sharing
Learn how to save, move, and store your photos using Cloud services. 
Friday, June 11
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
To learn more or register:  Contact Elisha at 519-758-1664 or
City of Brantford invites you to learn about how to create a will that reflects your needs and guides your loved ones through your final wishes.
Tuesday, June 8
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
To learn more or register:  Contact Chris Henderson,, 519-759-3330 x 6279

Self Advocacy
City of Brantford invites you to learn how to use your voice to advocate for yourself or others.  Learn key ways to strengthen your voice and be heard.
Wednesday, June 9
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
To learn more or register:  Contact Chris Henderson,, 519-759-3330 x 6279
Motivation, Movement and Music
The Brantford Public Library invites you to join Joan Minnery to get moving and have some fun to the music you love. Joan is a recipient of both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and has been nominated five times for the Brantford Citizen of the Year Award.
Tuesday, June 8
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
To learn more or register:  Call the library at 519-756-2220 ext. 2, or email
Decorating Small Spaces
The Brantford Public Library invites you to join Gail Allen, from Allen Interiors.  Gail will talk about making the most of a small living space by creating the illusion of more space, proper lighting and finding storage space.
Wednesday, June 9
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
To learn more or register:  call the library at 519-756-2220 ext. 2, or email

Understanding the Aging Brain
CARP invites you to join Laurie Ball of the Alzheimer Society who will describe how aging affects the anatomy of the brain, identify normal and abnormal changes in cognition as a person ages, and to learn tips for healthy brain aging and how to reduce the risk of age-related brain diseases.
Monday, June 14
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
To join the webinar:  Click here

Exploring the Birds of Ontario
The Brantford Public Library invites you to join David Chapman to learn how to recognize common and rare birds that can be spotted in Brantford and area.
Tuesday, June 15
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
To learn more or register:  Call the library at 519-756-2220 ext. 2, or email

Responding to Elder Abuse 
City of Brantford invites you to join Penny McVicar from Victims Services, as she discusses Elder Abuse, local resources and steps to take when responding to Elder Abuse. 
Wednesday, June 16
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
To learn more or register:  Contact Chris Henderson,, 519-759-3330 x 6279

Power of Attorney (POA)
City of Brantford invites you to join this workshop and learn more about how to protect yourself and ensure your financial and health rights are protected with a POA. 
Saturday, June 19
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
To learn more or register:  Contact Chris Henderson,, 519-759-3330 x 6279

Understanding the Aging Brain
Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP) invites you to join Laurie Ball from the Alzheimer Society and April Ibarra from Home Instead Senior Care to learn about how aging affects the anatomy of the brain, our emotions and social behavior.  Learn tips to reduce the risk of developing aging brain diseases.
Monday, June 14
10:30-11:30 a.m.
To attend:  Click here


What's New in the INFO HUB?
THIRD ACTion Film Festival:  This virtual film festival offers an entertaining and educational experience that redefines the narrative around aging. -CLICK HERE

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) is proud to celebrate volunteer Gloria Ord
Gloria’s journey with the Grand River Council on Aging began in June 2015 in her role as Client Advocate and Counsellor at Grand River Community Health Centre. She currently serves as a Community Agency Representative on the GRCOA Board of Directors and has willingly volunteered at various health fairs and events including our annual Taco Fest.
Prior to relocating to Canada from Scotland with her husband in 2004, Gloria worked with seniors in a nursing home and with adults with learning disabilities in group homes, where she specialized in creating sensory gardens for wellbeing. She currently facilitates various community groups, horticultural therapy and workshops online; truly appreciating being able to include her passion for gardening and creativity through her work.
Gloria makes a conscious habit to express thankfulness and appreciation for life with “an attitude of gratitude”. This outlook guides her throughout her work and generates a genuine interest in increasing the quality of life for others in our community. She treasures her time with her family and enjoys knitting, sewing, and creating macramé or beautiful planters with drought plants for her garden.
Gloria brings an encouraging, light-hearted presence and perpetual smile to our team. It is with sincere appreciation that the Grand River Council on Aging acknowledges her contributions in building an age friendly community and promoting the voice of Elders.

Article Written by: Marcia R. Pereira

Social Support Programs


A Friendly Voice

A Friendly Voice, offered by the Rural Ottawa South Support Services, is a great resource for seniors who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Call 1-855-892-9992 to connect toll free. Please keep in mind that A Friendly Voice is a social program; it is not a counselling service, crisis line, or referral service.

Buzz Me

Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Programs (SKIP) brings you "Buzz Me", a call service for seniors which offers the opportunity for engagement during social isolation.
Seniors can book wellness calls from volunteers in the community by going to SKIP's website at or by calling 1-866-999-Buzz (1-866-999-2899),  Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Healthy Aging Without Walls

The City of Brantford brings you a free interactive telephone-based program connecting older adults with one another from the comfort of their homes. For more information call the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre at 519-756-3261 ext. 5569 or email   or Click Here for the Calendar of events.

Want to Get Involved?

The Grand River Council On Aging relies on the shared skills and talents of its volunteer team.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join the GRCOA Special Event Fundraising Work Group to give support to the development of a new event for the fall of 2021.

Learn about becoming a GRCOA volunteer: Click Here


The City of Brantford and Brantford’s Canada Day Celebration Committee, in partnership with The Kiwanis Club of Brantford (Kiwanis), is excited to announce the “Show Your Canadian Spirit Home Decorating Contest.” Residents are encouraged to show their spirit by registering online at Show Your Canadian Spirit by June 16, 2021 and decorate their homes for a chance to win $2,000 in prizes! 

Residents who pre-register to participate in the contest will have their homes judged, for a chance to win a top prize of $1000 and five runner-up prizes of $200 each, courtesy of Kiwanis. In addition, Kiwanis will donate $500 to a local registered charity, (like GRCOA) chosen by the grand prize contest winner.

Contest Judging Criteria: • Originality (thinking outside the box) • “Spirit” of the Canadian Theme (use of iconic Canadiana) • Overall Appearance (curb appeal) • Construction Ingenuity (stable, clever design).

After registering, participants have until Wednesday, June 22, 2021, to decorate in their best red and white Canadian theme for the judges to consider. Judging will take place starting June 23rd through to July 1st.

The first 150 homes to register will receive a free red and white Canadian themed hanging basket to compliment their display.
The Home Decorating Contest is open to City of Brantford residents.

Community Event Links
Adult Recreation Therapy Centre Event Calendar, fees apply:  Click Here

Art Your Service Event Calendar:
  Click Here

Brantford Library Event Calendar :  Click Here  
Brant County Library Event Calendar:  
Click Here   
Grand River Community Health Centre Event Calendar:  Click Here

Grand River Council on Aging INFO HUB:  Click Here 

Haldimand Abilities Centre Program Calendar:  Click Here

S.A.F.E Zone Virtual Chair Exercise Videos:  Click Here

Up to date local information on COVID SERVICES: Click Here

Brain Teaser Time

(answer at the end of the newsletter)

June is Seniors' Month and SAFE ZONE is involved in the PARTICIPACTION COMMUNITY CHALLENGE- looking for Canada's Most Active Community, kicking off June 1! 

You can join the Community Challenge and create or join a (virtual) team to get active with others. 



During the SAFE ZONE regular Falls Prevention classes, Program Director Jan Norris will be tallying the number of squats the participants do as a team, so the more people the more squats!!!!
All done virtually, safely, and with lots of fun!!!
June, 1- 30th
Mondays to Thursdays
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Fridays,  9:30 to 10:30a.m.
Join the fun for free at
For more information: Call Jan Norris
S.A.F.E ZONE Program Director
(519) 770-6499

Are You a Bookworm?  Enjoy Reading? 

You can reserve books online or by phone at the City and County libraries and receive email or phone notification when your book is ready for curbside pickup.   Check hours at your branch before going for pickup.  You can also register with an online book club at your local library.  Recommended reading:

“The Best Laid Plans”, Terry Fallis, fiction.  Published in 2008, this political satire by a former Liberal strategist introduced Angus McClintock, the reluctant and outrageous MP candidate who, against overwhelming odds, wins a seat as a federal member of parliament and then goes on to upset the balance of power in Ottawa.  The book won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

“The High Road”, Terry Fallis, fiction, continues the hilarious saga of Angus McClintock, rogue MP, as he runs for re-election and once again, wins in spite of his honesty and integrity, qualities rare in politics.  A third novel recounting the further adventures of Angus McClintock as a cabinet minister will be published this summer.


   Answer to the Brain Teaser- glass B

Help the Grand River Council on Aging win $20,000 with the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Every $1 donated ONLINE to the Grand River Council on Aging in the month of June earns us a chance to win the $20,000 grand prize from CanadaHelps and GIV#.  Your donation will help us continue to offer opportunities for our 55+ population to feel connected and engaged, and every dollar is an entry for us to have a chance to win $20,000.

The Grand River Council on Aging is a registered charitable non-profit organization.
Canada Revenue Agency 
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