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Upcoming Events


September Events


Wellness Fair & Open House
Wednesday, September 6
9:30am – 2:30pm
This event will feature information on health, safety and social services in the Ottawa area, and will highlight the programs and services at The Good Companions. FREE lunch, FREE admission, FREE parking, door prizes, seminars, exhibits, fitness and cooking demonstrations and much more! This event is brought to you in partnership with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs. See pg.14 for more information.

Fall Program Registration
September 12, 13 & 14
10:00am – 2:00pm
Rm 142/147
Registration can be done in person or over the phone (during registration hours by credit card only). Please see the Fall
Program Guide for a full list of the programs being offered.
If you have any questions please call 613-236-0428 and ask
to speak to a member of the Day Centre team.

Welcome Back BBQ Dinner
(licensed event with a cash bar)
Thursday, September 14
Cost: $12 (Deadline for ticket purchase is Sept 12 by 3pm)
5:45 pm Menu: Tomato Basil Soup, Apple Cider Glazed BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Carrots, Green Beans, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Coffee and Tea.

Welcome Back Dance
(licensed event with a cash bar)
Thursday, September 14 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: Free for members ($6.50 for non-members)
The dance will feature music from the Grey Jazz Combo. To welcome back our members the dance is free of charge. For all other guests the fee is $6.50. Tickets for the dance will be available at the door.

Day Trip
St. Eustache, QC
Tuesday, September 19
9:00am – 5:30pm
Cost: $65 (non-members pay $10 extra per person)
Includes:
• Motorcoach transportation
• Méchoui BBQ buffet lunch at Famille Constantin
• Option to have a tasting of corn, picking of apples from family orchard, walking the scenic trails or visiting the kiosk of local food products
• Social dancing with J.A. Gamache
• Crowning of a King and Queen

New Member Orientation
Tuesday, September 19
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Rm 142/147 *RSVP required
This Orientation will provide new members (or existing members seeking more info about TGC) with the opportunity to meet other new members and staff. There will be mingling, refreshments and details on all the Centre has to offer. There is no charge for this event. RSVP at reception.

Ottawa Senior Pride Network, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, and Elder Abuse Ontario cordially invite you to a presentation: LGTQ Elder Abuse
Presenter: Rochella Vassell, Regional Consultant, EAO
Where: The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St.
When: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This is a FREE presentation. Everyone is welcome.

Birthday Party & 15 Year Recognition Tea
Friday, September 22
1:15pm
Entertainment will be provided by Shamrock & Thistle (East Coast maritime music).
Cake, ice-cream, coffee or tea will be served after the show. There is no charge for members celebrating birthdays in September. Members celebrating 15 years of paid membership this year (consecutive membership – April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2017 will receive an invitation by mail).
The cost for all other guests is $4. Guest tickets are available at Font Reception on the day of the event.

Fall Rhapsody Tea
Wednesday, September 27
1:00pm
Cost: $5
Entertainment will be provided by musical performer Grace Cook.
The dessert will feature Caramel Apple and Cranberry Pie, Coffee and Tea.
Deadline for ticket purchase is September 25 by 3 pm.


October Events


Day Trip
Fall Colour Tour – Barry’s Bay, ON
Wednesday, October 4
9:00am to 5:30pm
Cost: $80 (non-members pay $10 extra per person)
Includes:
• Motorcoach transportation (depart from and return to TGC)
•Enjoy the beautiful fall colours of the Upper Ottawa
Valley as we travel through many historical towns and communities
• Lunch at the picturesque Spectacle Lake Lodge
• Visit to Centreside Dairy in Renfrew, ON (distributor of Tracey’s ice-cream) for a delicious ice-cream cone

Harvest Meal
(licensed event with a cash bar)
Friday, October 6
Cost: $12
12 pm Menu: Roll, Roast Turkey with Dressing, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Carrot and Turnip, Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream, Coffee and Tea.
1 pm Entertainment will be provided by 2013 Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and song stylist Lauren Hall.
Deadline for ticket purchase is October 4 by 3 pm.

Member’s Meeting
Tuesday, October 17
1:00pm
Rooms 142/147
Monique Doolittle-Romas (Executive Director) and Stephanie Keats (President of the Board of Directors) will be hosting the meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. This is a great opportunity to find out what is happening at your centre and to ask questions.

Oktoberfest Lunch
(licensed event with a cash bar)
Wednesday, October 18
Cost: $12
12 pm Menu: German Summer Salad, Pork Schnitzel, Hot German Potato Salad, Braised Cabbage, Apple Strudel, Coffee and Tea.
1 pm Entertainment will be provided by The
International Set.
Deadline for ticket purchase is October 16 by 3 pm.

Birthday Party
Friday, October 27
1:15pm
Entertainment will be provided by Mellow Tones band.
Cake, ice-cream, coffee or tea will be served after the show. There is no charge to members celebrating birthdays; $4 for all others. Guest tickets are available at Front Reception on the day of the party.

Halloween Tea
Monday, October 30
1:00pm
Cost: $5
Entertainment will be provided by professional piano-accordionist, EIO George.
The dessert will feature Pumpkin Cheesecake, Coffee and Tea.
Deadline for ticket purchase is October 27 by 3 pm.


Alan P. Sentance Educational Seminars. Seminars at The Good Companions are Free. Members and Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Register in person or call Front Reception. Parking available.

Visit our website: www.thegoodcompanions.ca
The Good Companions – Seniors’ Centre
670 Albert St, Ottawa, ON, K1R 6L2
(613) 236-0428
OC Transpo bus Routes: 8, 16, 41, 85, 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99


September Seminars


Alan P. Sentance Educational Seminar
Get Together With Technology – Introduction to Accessible Technology for People with Low or No Vision
Presented by Kim Kilpatrick, Shelley Anne Morris, and Ellen Goodman
Thursday, September 7
1:00pm-2:00pm
We will demonstrate that loss of vision need not stop you from using all of your favourite devices. Whether you need sight enhancement solutions (for those who have some
vision) or sight substitution techniques (for those who are totally blind) this workshop is for you and/or those who may assist you. Seniors with low or no vision and their support network will receive valuable information on how people who are blind or have low vision use technology, common accessibility features, what device is right for you, and how GTT can help you.

Alan P. Sentance Educational Seminar
Geriatric Assessment Outreach – Geriatric 101
Presented by Louise MacDonald
Thursday, September 21
10:30am – 11:30am
Come learn about what the term geriatrics really means and when specialized geriatric services might be needed. Louise MacDonald, Geriatric Assessor with the Geriatric Assessment Outreach Team, will walk you through the geriatric services that are available in Ottawa and how to access them.


October Seminars


Securing Your Apple iPhone
Presented by Ron Finnigan
Wednesday, October 4
11:00am – 12:00pm
This workshop will explore how to make your iPhone more secure from hackers and to give you peace of mind that the information on your iPhone is protected.
• Basic setups for iCloud/iTunes
• Backup your data
• Managing your services
*App & iTunes Updates
• Find your lost or stolen phone
*When to call police
• Checking your monthly bills
• Be vigilant against fraudsters
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, other manufacturers’ cell phones will not be discussed

Advance Care Planning – Dying With Dignity – 3 hour Workshop
Presented by Susan Harrison
Tuesday, October 17
12:00 – 3:00pm
Dying With Dignity, The Ottawa Chapter will be holding an Advance Care Planning (ACP) workshop at The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre. As these workshops are popular, we encourage you to register early. Consider coming with the family member or friend who may be your Substitute Decision Maker (as designated in your Power of Attorney document). The workshop is a great starting point for a discussion about your end-of-life wishes. Should you register to attend this workshop, please access and bring with you a copy of the Ontario ACP kit, which can be found by accessing this link:
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/dwdcanada/pages/56/attachments/original/1476300467/Ontario_ACP_Sept_23_2016_-_Final.pdf?1476300467
The session is free of charge, but a $1.70 fee will be charged if attendees need to print the Ontario ACP kit in the centre.