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.


We have scheduled two afternoon sessions of information sharing from experts in their respective fields:

Investment Information Seminar
Tuesday, November 8, 1 pm to 3 pm
Eastern Ontario Financial Services
1000 Islands Mall; Community Room #1
Snacks (not lunch) will be served

Fraud Awareness
Monday, November 21 at 2 pm
Brock Godfrey
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly Phone Busters)
1000 Islands Mall; Community Room #1

Further details will be made available as they become known.

We are also soliciting feedback on participant interest in attending another training session on the lifesaving techniques of administering CPR and use of Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs).

We have set up an online Poll for this purpose and invite you to access it by clicking Poll and responding accordingly. Thanks in advance.

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.

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


The church is unavailable to SWC on Wednesday September 28th due to a one day conference requiring use of the whole facility.

Offsite classes are not impacted and will go ahead on Wednesday as scheduled.

The church will be available again for classes effective Thursday Sept 29.

Start Dates:
Camera: Thurs Sept 22
French Conversation: Thurs Sept 22
Quilting: Thurs Sept 22 at the 1000 Islands Mall
Spanish: Weds Sept 28 at the Public Library
No classes:
Astronomy: Sept 19 and Sept 26; resuming Oct 3
Classes Full*:
Chair Yoga (both)
Exercise on Friday w. Lucie; (spaces in the Tues class)

*: In addition to those listed below.

As of 09/14/2016
Below is a list of the current vacancy status of some of our classes. If you have registered for a class and for some reason do not now plan to attend, please inform the SWC Office. This will allow someone on a waiting list to join the class in your stead and make them very happy. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

  • Art Studio #1 - Full
  • Art Studio #2 - Full (Taking a small waiting list)
  • Book Club #1 - Full (Taking names for a waiting list)
  • Book Club #2 - Full (Taking names for a waiting list)
  • French Conversation Beginners - Full
  • French Conversation Intermed. - Full
  • Meditation - Full (First session of 6 weeks until Oct. 26th)
  • Music Notation - Full
  • Spanish Beginners - Full
  • Spanish Intermediate - Spaces available
  • Tole Painting - Full (Taking names for a waiting list)


Further input from Paul Bullock (Chair WSUC).
Click here for details.


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.

Please note there have been a couple of last minute changes to the original posted activity schedule.
These involve:

  • Astronomy 2; Mondays now at 2:00 -3:30
  • Bridge; Thursdays 1:00-3:15 and now at the Public Library

The Activities schedule from the above dropdown menu reflects these changes.

All classes except for Cameras and Spanish are scheduled to start at the specified times the week of Monday September 12.

Camera Class is now scheduled to start on Thursday September 22. The start date for Spanish will be advised once confirmed.

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.

The time for Pickle Ball on Monday has been changed from the 2:00-4:00 posted originally to the new time of 1:00-3:00pm.

The schedule for the Fall 2016 semester, Sept to Dec, is now posted and is available for viewing and printing from the Activities dropdown menu above.

Many thanks to Activities' Director Bill Carlyle and Office Manager Marian Rafferty for pulling all the pieces together.

The related updated course descriptions and the forms for registration have now also been updated and are posted.

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 is located just north of the railroad tracks on Park.

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.)


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


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.

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

Christmas Dinner at the Legion December 2, 2016
1 month to go.
PARKING UPDATE 09/14/2016 Click here for additional background from Paul Bullock, Chair Wall St. United Church board.