The mandate of the Shepherd’s Welcome Centre is to enhance the lives of Brockville and area residents 50 years old and over, by providing in a friendly and welcoming environment affordable programs and activities that will keep them mentally and physically active. We are not affiliated with Wall Street United Church. We rent use of the gym and other rooms at the church location for our activities and programs.

Further detailed information on our organization is available from the Who Are We? dropdown menu above.

Below in reverse chronological order, newest on top, are quick news updates to various happenings and information related to the SWC organization. We hope you find them useful.

The sidebar on the right also has references to items with links, such as posts, newsletter archives, and other more in-depth reports and news features.

Please note that our Open House will be held on September 7 from 9:30 – 11:30 at the Brockville Legion on Park Street.
This location change for our registration is due to the potential disruption to parking at Wall Street Church caused by construction.

Also, please note that our Activities Director, Office Staff and the board in general are diligently working on preparing the new class schedule for September 2016. It takes some time to pull all the pieces together and we appreciate your patience.

The schedule and activity descriptions for the last semester are being left in place mainly as a general reference to those new to the SWC. These documents do give these folks a good overview of what we typically offer with time slots, etc.

They of course will be replaced by the new schedule and descriptions once available, together with the updated registration and waiver forms. All in good time for Open House and Registration.

We're delighted to announce that at the first meeting of the new board, Cheryl Nix was elected president by acclamation. A well deserved honour.

Cheryl was first appointed to the board in 2012 coming to us with a wealth of experience in working with seniors with the CPHC.

As well as making many thoughtful and insightful contributions to the work of the board, Cheryl also took on the task of newsletter editor. Cheryl's writing style was such that she got the message across in a lucid fashion and with an attractive friendly and chatty tone.

Congrats and thanks Cheryl and we wish you well as you take on your new responsibilities.

Note: A full listing of the new board is now available from the Who Are We? dropdown menu above.


For the upcoming semester and into the future, we need a person to teach a willing group of seniors (age 50 and over) the basics of the French language. Madeleine Austin was our instructor for the past 16 years, until her recent retirement.

This is a volunteer position and typically consists of a basic and intermediate class, each an hour or more in length held during the weekday morning hours at the Wall Street United Church.

Our fall and winter semesters are each about 4 months in length - September to December and January to May - and ideally the classes would cover these time periods. However, we leave the start and end dates of classes to the discretion and personal availability of the instructor.

If you are interested in joining our team as French Instructor, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your name, providing details of your background and experience, to the Shepherd's Welcome Centre Office. You may use regular mail, email or our web Contact Form. (See Contact Us in the right sidebar for contact information.)


Yes, we're still closed but the board will shortly be meeting to make preparations for another fall semester of activities at the SWC.

The first meeting of our new board is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2nd at Wall Street United Church. As well as planning for the upcoming semester, the board has the important task of selecting a new president to replace Tony Dunbar who is stepping down after 4 years at the helm. Officer and other board positions will also be filled at that same meeting.

The meeting will also make plans for another Open House/ Registration morning. This is currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, a date that will be confirmed at the meeting and subsequently generally announced.


The Brockville Arts Centre (BAC) continues to kindly offer a ticket discount to SWC members.

To be eligible your name must be on the SWC listing maintained at the Arts Centre box office. If you're not already on the list, please contact the SWC Office who will forward your name to the BAC.

Note the discount does not apply to all shows. BAC can only offer the discount when the show promoter has a group rate to offer.

For all of the remaining 2016 Pricedex Summer Theatre performances BAC can offer the following discount for all of the single ticket prices.

Regular ticket price $31.50 + HST = $35.60
SWC discount rate $25.00 + HST = $28.25
Total savings $7.35 / ticket

A link to the BAC website for the Pricedex programme info: BAC


Yes, Activities and Classes are finished for the semester; the Office is closed and we are all looking forward to a warm weather break,

We look forward to welcoming you all back in the fall for another exciting and fun-filled semester at the Shepherd's Welcome Centre.



Photo shows SWC President Tony Dunbar recently presenting a gift card to Church Custodian Trevor Hutton. This was in appreciation of all the willing, cheerful help and assistance Trevor gave across the board to SWC over the past year. Thanks again Trevor.

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A successful AGM was held on Weds May 11, 2016 in the Community Room of the 1000 Islands Mall. In attendance were 22 participants and many items of important SWC business were dealt with.

Included were reports by the president, treasurer and other directors.

Election of directors for the coming term also took place. We were happy to welcome Linda Campbell as a new member of our board.

Full details of the proceedings as detailed in the minutes may be accessed here.

Open House at Brockville Legion September 7, 2016
14 days to go.

Contact Us
5 Wall Street, Brockville, ON K6V 4R8
Office Hours: 10 am - 12 noon; Monday-Thursday
September through May
Email: swcadmin@myhighspeed.ca
Form: Contact Form
Phone: 613-345-2412