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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.

WALL STREET CHURCH CLOSED TODAY MARCH 15
Mar 15, 2017

Due to the heavy snowstorm, WSUC is CLOSED today for all activities including SWC activities and classes.

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CLASSES CANCELLED TODAY WEDNESDAY FEB 8
Feb 8, 2017

School buses have been cancelled. In keeping with our policy, there will be no classes at Wall Street United Church. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY Q&A SESSION; TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14
Feb 6, 2017

The Shepherd's Welcome Centre will conduct a wide ranging Question & Answer session for SWC participants who have questions related to their use of technology: computers, tablets, phones, TVs.

Session Leader: William Thomson
Date: Tuesday, February 14th
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue: WSUC Living Room
Class Size Limit: 25

You may bring your device with you.

Please note William will not be spending time to "fix" an individual's problem. He will be focusing on helping to improve your use of the device; ex: using Apps.

Register early by calling or dropping by the SWC office at 613-345-2412 or email swcadmin@myhighspeed.ca

Please reply by February 9 if possible.

Note: William until recently was a SWC volunteer instructor, teaching a class on computer basics. Background on William may be accessed from the Profiles dropdown menu above.
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PICKLE BALL WORKSHOP; THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2
Jan 27, 2017

This workshop is intended for those interested in learning the basics of the fascinating game of pickle ball.

Instructor George de Jong will introduce you to the rules of the game and to the basic techniques involved in getting the ball over the net, while keeping it in bounds of course!

Instructor: George de Jong
Date: Thursday, February 02
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM
Venue: Gymnasium at Wall Street United Church

To sign up, please by February 1, contact the SWC Office at 613-345-2412 or email swcadmin@myhighspeed.ca
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OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION
01/09/2017

Open House on Thursday Jan 5 at the Brockville Legion was a big success. In total, 288 participants were registered in one or more of the activities on offer. A very impressive number indeed.

Thanks are due to all who made the process run so smoothly.

All classes other than Computer Instruction (starting Monday Jan 16), are starting this week, the week of Jan 9.

For your information, in the right sidebar is a listing of those classes already full. It is planned to update this as other classes reach their maximum enrollment.

We wish all participants, new and returning, a fulfilling and fun time at SWC in 2017.
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REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS AND FORMS
01/03/2017
The updated and current versions of documents and forms for our January to May 2017 semester are now posted to the website and available from the Activities and Forms dropdown menus above.

The registration and waiver forms, which are required to be completed as part of the registration process at the Thursday, Jan 5 Registration at the Brockville Legion, may be printed out and completed ahead of time if you wish. Just bring them with you to the Open House.

The Open House is scheduled to commence at 9:30am and end at 11:30am and not at noon as mistakenly published in the December newsletter.

For a review of the registration process, please reference the specific section in the December newsletter, available from the Newsletter dropdown above.

See you Thursday.
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OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION WINTER 2017
12/14/2016
Open House and Registration for the winter semester has been scheduled for Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at the Brockville Legion.

Please note the change from the traditional Wednesday to a Thursday. This was necessitated by the Legion being unavailable on the Wednesday.

Further details will follow.
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SWC NAME CHANGE: UPDATE
12/12/2016

For an update from our president Cheryl Nix click here
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CHRISTMAS DINNER REPORT w PHOTOS
12/05/2016

To access the report click here

Photos courtesy of Debby Greffe.
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INFORMATION SESSIONS UPDATE
11/28/2016

The final session of our fall series, Fraud Awareness, was presented to an audience of over 20 members at the Community Room in the 1000 Islands Mall on Monday afternoon November 21 last. This was an excellent turnout in view of the heavy snowfall earlier in the day.

Mr. Brock Godfrey of the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre.CAFC gave a wide ranging talk with advice on the various frauds, scams and other nefarious schemes that we all face in these times of computers and telecommunications in general.

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CHRISTMAS DINNER TICKETS & MENU
11/16/2016
Tickets for the annual Christmas Dinner on Friday December 2nd, 12 noon at the Brockville Legion are now on sale.

Once again, SWC is happy to subsidize the cost of a ticket for our members.

The tickets at $15 for members and $20 for non-members are now available at the SWC office. Ticket sales will close on Friday November 25th.

To see the dinner menu, as catered by Cindy Croteau, click menu
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MONDAY PICKLE BALLERS
09/28/2016
Pickle Ball is just starting its second year at SWC but is rapidly growing in popularity. We now have 3 classes, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the church gym.

Photo shows the Monday group under the leadership of Sandra and David Reed on the right, first row.
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SWC at CULTURE DAYS SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st
09/26/2016
Board Director Debby Greffe, with the assistance of our Director and Office Manager Marian Rafferty, is again coordinating the participation of SWC in the upcoming Culture Days event.

A display featuring some of our activities, including quilting and painting, will be set up on King St. in Front of Photo Visions which is on the south side of the street at Kincaid (opposite the Sleepless Monkey Cafe). Do drop by and visit on Saturday morning.

There will also be live on-street demonstrations of Tai Chi and Chair Yoga.

For a full listing of the Brockville events in this national and province-wide celebration of local art and culture and community groups click here
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PARKING UPDATE
09/14/2016
Further input from Paul Bullock (Chair WSUC).
Click here for details.
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OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
09/13/2016

A very successful Open House with Class Registration was held at the Brockville Legion on September 7 last.

A very impressive 275 individuals signed up for one or more of the exciting programmes on offer. Of these, 43 were first timers to the SWC and we welcome them and hope they have a rewarding and fun time as they actively exercise mind and body.

Post the Open House, registrations at the office brought the total to 303 and registrations are still coming in. This is very gratifying for all involved with the SWC and shows we are on the right track in terms of serving in an affordable manner the activity needs of area seniors.

Thanks are due to all involved in organizing the Open House, in particular to Marian Rafferty, Debby Greffe and Ralph Greenhalgh. We also thank the leaders who gave of their time to meet with prospective participants and to all others who volunteered and helped on the day.

We are also grateful to the Brockville Legion for accommodating our event. The venue and in particular the ample parking were a big hit with our clients.

Ray Verbeem kindly took a number of photos at the event and a gallery of these will be posted shortly.
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REGISTRATION AT SWC OFFICE
09/07/2016
For those who were unable to attend this morning's Open House at the Legion, you may still register for your choice of class at the SWC Office at Wall Street United Church during regular office hours, Mon through Thurs from 10 am to noon.

Registration is of course subject to there still being room in the particular class(es) you've selected.
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CHERYL NIX OUR NEW PRESIDENT!
08/15/2016
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.
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BROCKVILLE ARTS CENTRE DISCOUNT
07/19/2016

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
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PRESENTATION TO TREVOR HUTTON
05/31/2016

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.

Click on image to see larger.
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AGM REPORT
05/25/2016
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.

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

CLASS ENROLLMENT
As of Feb 6 2017, the following classes are full:

  • Book Club #2
  • Computer Instruction
  • Conversational French; Beginners and Intermediate
  • Pickle Ball (all sessions)
  • Spanish - Part 2
  • Tole Painting

CLASS WINTER CANCELLATIONS
It's time again to remind participants of our policy regarding class cancellations because of weather conditions.

If the school buses are not running then all classes at Wall Street United Church are cancelled for the whole day.

Information on bus cancellations is available on the local radio station, or by calling 1-800-629-0629 or by accessing the STEO website Buses

The status of classes on these days at other venues, the Mall, Library, etc, will be conveyed by a separate communication from the SWC Office and/or class leaders.

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.