By Pat Goyeche
Programming for Seniors
Abbotsford Seniors Centre is in full swing this fall with more than 100 new members joining for the first time in August and early September. The centre is filled with laughter and activity as people regroup and settle into fall routines.
We have more in-person classes than ever with keen members keeping fit, exploring their artistic talents and joining in activities of interest. With growing demand, we’ve added a second Tai Chi beginner class and a third Tai Chi club so members can expand their physical and mental acuity. Another popular course this fall is Beginner Bridge which in turn leads to more members joining in the bridge clubs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you play bridge and are looking to join a group, come try out a club.
It isn’t too late to become a member for 2023 and join in classes that aren’t fully subscribed. Check out our list of activities in the fall guide under Current Guide in the drop-down menu, Abbotsford Seniors Centre on the Glebe Centre website: www.glebecentre.ca and give us a call or better yet, drop in.
Biking Around the Glebe
What a wonderful summer it was to experience and enjoy a ride in our three-wheeled trishaw AMI. Our volunteer pilots provided rides to seniors through Lansdowne and along the canal. There was nothing but positive comments and glowing smiles as we weaved our way through the Glebe. We have wrapped up the first year of our Cycling Without Age program this year. See you next spring on AMI!
Snow Go & Snow Go Assist
It is that time of year again when we start thinking about the white stuff accumulating on our driveway and sidewalks! The City of Ottawa, in conjunction with the Community Support agencies, help you to find the help you need.
Snow Go: Screened snow contractors who are insured and have undergone a police reference check.
Snow Go Assist: People 60 and over or with a disability and with low income as defined by the City of Ottawa ($36,075 gross income for an individual; $40,160 gross income for a household) are able to apply for a rebate of up to 50 per cent on the cost of snow removal, up to a maximum of $250. Applications are available from Abbotsford Community Support Services. Proof of income as well as a signed contract from a snow contractor must be provided. Telephone 613-230-5730 or contact Kirsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abbotsford Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 25
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
- Home-made crafts, ornaments, baby clothes, knit wear and other clever and creative gift ideas.
- Handmade teddy bears and other delightful comfort creatures.
- Home-baked goodies including frozen apple pies to go.
- Hand-made pottery from our potters.
- Tea Room where you can restore, chat and enjoy the comfort of food and friends.
This event will be open to the public on the ground floor of Abbotsford Seniors Centre. All items are individually priced. Our volunteers have been working hard to create brand new, beautiful items for you and your families; you won’t want to miss this day!
Abbotsford Seniors Centre of The Glebe Centre Inc. is a charitable, not-for-profit, organization which includes a 254-bed long term care home. Find out more about our services and programming at https://glebecentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Fall-Guide-2023.pdf, drop by 950 Bank Street (the old stone house) Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., call 613-230-5730 or check out all The Glebe Centre facilities and seniors services on our website www.glebecentre.ca
Pat Goyeche is coordinator of community programs at Abbotsford at The Glebe Centre.
The Abbotsford bridge instructor Rafal teaches beginner bridge in the dining room.
Photo: Pat Goyeche