The mandate of the Brockville 50+ Activity 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.

In addition to Wall Street United Church, we use other sites and venues for a number of our activities: the Bridlewood and Royal Brock retirement facilities; the Brockville Public Library and more recently the Brockville Memorial Centre.

We are a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization and are a registered charity.  We receive no government funding but rely on an annual donation from the Shepherd’s Centre (Brockville) Foundation and participant fees.

Further detailed information on our organization is available from the About Us link in the navigation bar above.

Updated: 11/30/2018


A reminder that Monday, December 3 is the last day to buy tickets at the AC Office on Wall Street for our lunchtime Christmas Dinner – yes, the full Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings served at midday.

As previously announced, the date is Friday, December 7, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm and the location the Brockville Legion on Park Street, with ample parking.

The AC is again happy to subsidize the cost of the event, keeping tickets at the affordable price of $16 for members and $20 for non-member guests.

The dinner will be catered by Cindy Croteau and staff who have been serving delicious Christmas fare to us since 2015.

Again, special provision will be made for those with diabetes or gluten intolerance; make sure you let our office staff know ahead of time of your special needs.

Students from Fulford Academy will once again provide a choral interlude and there is a possibility that our Maximal Bell Ringing Class will also make their performance debut.

See you on December 7th

We’re happy to announce that John Dickie has joined the board to fill the important role of Treasurer. John is replacing Ralph Greenhalgh, who resigned earlier this year after 18 years of dedicated service to our organization. Thanks, Ralph.

John Dickie moved to Brockville a few years ago and is well qualified to assume the role. John’s wife Paulette Leclaire has also become involved with the Activity Centre as she accepted the role of leader in the Beginners French program this semester. We extend to both, a warm welcome to the Brockville 50+ AC volunteer team.

SENIORS’ EXPO – “Share a Senior Moment with Us”

As per our October Newsletter just issued:

A Seniors’ Expo is scheduled for Saturday October 27th at South Grenville District High School in Prescott from 11am to 3 pm.

Presented by Walker House Adult Recreation Centre –Free Admission

The event features health care and community service staff offering information and presentations on topics of interest to seniors in the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

This is a perfect opportunity for the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre to get its name and programs out to a wider community and we will have a table there.

We encourage our members to support the initiative if they are possibly can. There will be door prizes, entertainment and complimentary snacks at the event.


At their September 19, 2018 board meeting, the directors approved the appointment of a number of officer positions.

This included:

  • Sue Hunter – President
  • Marian Rafferty – 1st Vice President
  • Bill Carlyle – 2nd Vice President
  • Jo Ann Brinkworth – Secretary

The Treasurer position is currently vacant but the board is hopeful of filling this important position shortly.

For a complete list of the current board Click Here.

At the meeting, the board also paid tribute to outgoing president, Cheryl Nix, who was stepping down as president and resigning from the board.

Cheryl had been a devoted and dedicated board member for 7 years, which included a number of years as newsletter editor.

In her 2 years as president, Cheryl skillfully guided the board through a number of truly significant initiatives, in particular the name change to the current 50+ Activitity Centre.

Thanks Cheryl for your service.

We’re happy to relate that Cheryl will assist and advise Sue Hunter as Sue transitions into her new role as president.


A very successful Open House with Class Registration was held at the Brockville Memorial Centre on September 5 last.

The new venue and the modified process were well received and a very impressive 338 individuals signed up for one or more of the exciting programmes on offer.

Post the Open House, registrations at the office brought the total to 377 and registrations are still coming in. This is very gratifying for all involved with the AC, and shows we are on the right track in terms of serving in an affordable manner the activity needs of area seniors.

Of the total of registrants, 68 were first timers to the AC and we welcome them and hope they have a rewarding and fun time as they actively exercise mind and body.

All classes other than those below have now started:

  • Book Club #1 (Weds) Sept 26
  • Book Club #2 (Fri) Sept 28
  • French, Conversational (both classes) (Thurs.) Sept 27
  • Pole Walking/Walking End of Oct

We're delighted to announce that William Thomson of TechTutors will again conduct a wide ranging Question & Answer session for AC participants who have questions related to their use of their personal technical equipment.

The session will not cover repairs, the goal is rather to respond to questions posed by participants which usually prove to be issues faced by more than one member.

William will endeavor to address as many as possible of your concerns.

Date: Wednesday October 24
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue: Heritage Hall at Wall Street United Church
Class Size Limit: 20
Admission: Free to AC participants

Register early by dropping by the AC Office, calling 613-345-2412 or by emailing fiftyplusin@myhighspeed.ca

Board Director Debby Greffe is again coordinating the participation of our organization in the upcoming Culture Days event.

A display featuring some of our activities, including quilting and painting, will be set up in front of 133 King St. West, the former location of the TD bank at King and Home. Note this is a change from the previously announced Photo Visions location. Do drop by and visit on Saturday.

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

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

Activities Director, Bill Carlyle, has been busy over the last number of weeks putting together the activities schedule for the upcoming semester.

As late as 1pm today, he got final confirmation of a leader for one of our classes. This enabled the Activities Schedule to be finalized and it is now posted under the Activities dropdown above.

This also enabled completion of the detailed participant Registration Form which, together with the current version of the Waiver Form, is now posted. These are available under the Forms dropdown menu above.

All these documents are in a pdf format suitable for printing.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

A review of the schedule will show that the majority of our longstanding and popular classes are returning for the upcoming semester.

In addition, we are pleased to offer two (2) new activities, Maximal Bell Ringing, and Art Drawing. A description of these classes and all others is available from the Descriptions button under the Activities dropdown above.

Summer is on the wane and time for registration for our Fall 2018 semester of classes is fast approaching.

  • Venue: Brockville Memorial Centre
  • Date: Weds September 5, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30am

The new AC board is busy preparing for this event and is planning to introduce a number of tweaks and improvements to the overall process in keeping with participant feedback received.

Of course, use of the Memorial Centre is going to hugely improve the parking situation.

This is by way of a preliminary notice only, to allow you to mark your calendars. As always there is no preregistration prior to Open House.

Work to finalize the activities for the upcoming semester is also just underway and the schedule will be published as soon as available.

Note: The schedule for Jan-May 2018 is left on the website mainly for the benefit of those new to our organization, to give them an overview of our typical activities and scheduling. Of course there is no guarantee that the same items will be repeated in the upcoming Sept-Dec 2018 semester.

We look forward to another banner semester, and indeed year, at the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre.

To access a copy of President Cheryl Nix’s annual report as presented at the May 9, 2018 AGM, Click Here.


At the recent May 9 AGM at WSUC, the election of two (2) new board members took place. We are happy to welcome Jo Ann Brinkworth and Sue Hunter to the board.  Both these women come with impressive resumes and will be a definite asset to the board as they lead the AC forward into the future.

In addition, longtime board member and office manager Marian Rafferty was re-elected to another two (2) year term.

Ralph Greenhalgh and Tony Dunbar had previously announced they were stepping down from the board. In her closing remarks, president Cheryl Nix paid tribute to the two for their years of dedicated service: Ralph 18 years and Tony 8 years.

The nine (9) member board now comprises:

Mark Bailey
John Bonser
Jo Ann Brinkworth
Bill Carlyle
Debby Greffe
Sue Hunter
Cheryl Nix
Marian Rafferty
Barry Shaver

In keeping with practice and the AC bylaws, the officer positions, president, secretary, treasurer and other positions will be decided at the first meeting of the new board in August 2018.


We are now planning to proceed with the presentation of the two financial seminars geared towards older adults:
1. Get Your $ - Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors
2. Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax
  • Speaker: Jeremy Bertrand, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • The Royal Brock Retirement Residence 100 Stewart Blvd. at Central Avenue

The seminars will be presented back to back and each will take about an hour. There will be numerous educational handouts provided by our speaker.

Please reserve a spot at these sessions by calling the A.C. Office at 613-345-2412 or by email: fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca. Deadline for registration is March 12, 2018.



Among the very successful new activities introduced this semester was Mosaic Art. Course instructor Elske Harris expertly guided her class and they have produced some excellent pieces.

If members would like to see a display of some of these pieces you, and your friends, are invited to a:

10:00-11:30 am
King and Market St. East

It is also planned to have some Mosaic Art pieces on display at our AGM in the church Heritage Hall on May 9.

We’ve had a few cancellations for the Weds March 21 seminars (sse below). So feel free to attend if you so wish.


Our Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 at 2pm in the Living Room at Wall Street United Church.

In addition to business reports, one of the more important items on the agenda will be election of directors to the board for the upcoming two (2) year term, 2018 to 2020.

Two (2) current directors are seeking re-election for another term and there are two (2) new director positions to be filled.

We currently have a nominating committee working on seeking and recruiting suitable candidates for the vacant positions. The committee will make their selection and present the slate of candidates at the AGM. (Please
note that only members in good standing are entitled to cast a vote at the AGM.)

Our just issued March/April 2018 newsletter gives a detailed account of the overall process. For your convenience the newsletter may be accessed directly by clicking here.

We look forward to a good turnout at the AGM, a chance for our members to hear what’s been happening, make their views and suggestions known and help determine the future composition of the board of directors.



Happy Easter to all from the AC Board of Directors and Office Staff.



You have probably tapped your feet to many an Irish reel or jig tune. Would you like to learn a few of the actual steps to these dance tunes?

Now is your chance. Come to the Irish Dance Workshop on Tuesday March 13 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the Wall Street United Church Gym.

Dance instructor Eithne Dunbar will lead you through a few different social (or céilí) dances from Ireland. No previous experience necessary and no partner required. Guaranteed to be a fun experience.

Please register by contacting the A.C. office as soon as possible. For practical purposes the class size is limited to 20 participants. So, don't delay.


We are presenting the first in what we hope will be a series of driver safety sessions for older adults:

On the Road to Safety

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Heritage Hall- Wall Street United Church
Instructor: Fran Cymbaly, Professional Driver Safety Consultant

Session Outline:

  • What happens when you turn 80 years of age
  • Advantages/Disadvantages to the aging process – solutions to compensate
  • Communicating in your vehicle
  • Updating the Traffic Rules
  • How to create more time to make our decisions on the road

Please phone the office 613-345-2412 or email to fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca to reserve a space if you plan to attend this session. Any questions, please contact the office for more details.


Two other local organizations have upcoming events that might be of interest to our members.

The first is a special Income Tax Return Preparation program sponsored by the local Volunteer Centre.

The other is a symposium on Dementia Care under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

Under a new Links dropdown menu above, we have added links to the websites of each of these organizations. You may find details of the events by accessing these links.


Our office recently circulated to the membership at large an email with an attachment summarizing the flexible policy currently in place. The summary included a chart outlining the option selected for implementation by our leaders for their individual programs.

For your convenience and reference, we have also posted this summary, together with a copy of the full policy, under the new dropdown menu Class Cancellation Policy in the main navigation bar above.

We have now implemented the promised new website address. This, like our recent email address change, was made to better reflect our new name.

Effective immediately, to access our website please change your bookmarks and/or favourites to show the address www.fiftyplusbrockville.ca.

For a limited time only, if you should in error use the old address of www.swcbrockville.ca, you will be redirected to www.fiftyplusbrockville.ca. In this instance, swcbrockville.ca will show in your address bar and on your search page but you will be linked to the fiftyplusbrockville.ca page.

We have checked the majority of the website links and they all seem to function correctly. However, if you should come across a link or other item that is not functioning correctly, please let us know.

Tony Dunbar, Webmaster

Our numbers cruncher, treasurer Ralph Greenhalgh, has prepared a summary of the number of signups at our Jan 10 Open House at the Legion:

  • Participants including leaders: 327
  • New (included in the above): 67


A reminder that if you missed registering for a class at our Open House on Jan 10, you do have the option of registering at the AC Office at Wall Street Church, on the third floor. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon.

Registration is of course subject to there still being room in your choice of class. Our classes all have a set maximum enrollment based on size of the venue and practicality from a teaching perspective.
Office: 613-345-2412
Email: fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca

All classes will start at the scheduled designated venue and on the designated day, the week of January 15.
We are happy to announce that this will now include Euchre on Monday January 15 in the Mezzanine at Wall Street United Church.

Exceptions to the above are:
Bridge – Thursday Jan 25
Spanish- Wednesday, Feb. 07th

Of course the Book Clubs will follow the monthly schedule outlined in the Activities Schedule.

Plans to introduce Nordic Walking are still under development. The TI Mall was originally to be the venue, but of course all our use of the mall was curtailed with its sale to a new group.

Yes, indeed that was quite an Open House at the Legion on Jan 10. We certainly are a popular organization!
Thanks to all involved in the organization of the event and also to our leaders and volunteers for their generous contributions. And thanks to you our members who showed up in such numbers.

We realize there were some logjams and frustrations. We heard on the day itself, and have subsequently received in reply to the request of President Cheryl Nix, some thoughtful and valuable suggestions as how to improve the overall process. We thank you for those and we assure you each suggestion will be evaluated and discussed and considered for implementation by the board.

As previously indicated, the forms and other documents related to the Weds Jan 10 Open House are now posted and available from the dropdown menus above.

Note: It was brought to our attention that there was an error in the class time shown on the original posted schedule for Pickle Ball on Weds. It should have been 1 to 3 pm and not 10 – 12am as shown.  We have now posted a corrected version. Apologies for the error.

We have also posted a Registration Procedure which outlines the various steps in the process and references the various documents involved.

To view this procedure please Click Here.

UPDATE at 11:45 pm
The Schedule, and the Waiver and Registration forms are now posted and available for printing.
Thank you for your patience
President Cheryl Nix, Office Manager Marian Rafferty, and Activity Director Bill Carlyle have been extremely busy in some hectic last minute scrambling to acquire alternative sites to the Thousand Islands Mall, used for a number of years now for some of our activities: Art Studios, Chair Yoga, Book Club.

As late as Friday evening last, we were informed that all our contracts for use of the Community Rooms in the Mall  were cancelled. This was due to the sale of the Mall to new owners.

This news meant our already carefully prepared schedule and forms had to be scrapped, new potential sites sought and confirmed and the various documents updated accordingly.

Just now (2pm Monday), Cheryl Nix is back from a visit, with Art Studio leader Janet Sutcliffe,  to the Royal Brock residence, and, based on their very favourable review, we will use a room there for our Art Studio.

So, please bear with us as we proceed with this rather unsettling process for all volunteer personnel involved.

We hope to post the final version of the documents to the website by Tuesday morning latest. They will certainly be available in time for printing prior to Open House on Wednesday Jan 10.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

AC Board
Monday January 8.


Preparations are underway for our Registration/Open House at the Brockville Legion on Park Street from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Weds January 10. Please note the office will not be open for regular business until the following day, Thurs Jan 11.

The activity schedule for the second semester has been drafted by Bill Carlyle and will shortly be finalized and posted to the website. There are a number of new items included: Euchre (pending identification of a volunteer to lead the group), Mosaic Art and Nordic Walking. Further details to follow.

Our volunteer office staff, under the capable management of Marian Rafferty, and our treasurer Ralph Greenhalgh, are busy preparing the final schedule and the various forms, registration and waiver, etc., needed for the Open House. Once finalized,these will be posted to the website and made available via email, etc.

We also plan to post a general guide that outlines the process to be followed by participants for registration so that everything runs smoothly.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we get caught up after the busy holiday period.

Again, all the best to everyone as we set out together on a new year and a new semester.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. From the AC Board and Office Staff.
Be safe and see you all in January 2018.


Effective immediately we have changed our contact or office email address from swcadmin@myhighspeed.ca to fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca

The change is to reflect our overall organization name change from The Shepherd’s Welcome Centre to the Brockville 50+ Activity Centre. Please make the change in your address listings.

Understandably, for some time we are likely to be contacted by members and others continuing to use the old swcadmin@myhighspeed.ca email address.

Don’t worry, these emails will be automatically forwarded to our office and into the fiftyplus inbox. The system will also generate an auto-reply to the sender, with a reminder to update their address book to the new fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca.

Don’t hesitate to call or contact the office if you are experiencing any problems or difficulties with the change. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

We are also currently working on a change to our website address to again better reflect our new name. The technical issues involved are fairly complex but we hope to be able to implement the change very soon. We will of course inform you of the date the change goes into effect and advise of the new web address.

The date has been set for registration for AC second semester activities.

Date: Wednesday, January 10
Venue: Brockville Legion, Park Street
Time: 9:30 to 11:30am

This is by way of a preliminary notice only, to allow you to mark your calendars. As always there is no preregistration prior to Open House.


The proposal of the specially convened taskforce that examined current AC policy with regard to class cancellations due to inclement weather was adopted by the board of directors at their meeting of Nov 7, 2017.

The key recommendation was the adoption of a flexible approach, with a number of different options available.

No longer will cancellation of school buses mean cancellation of all classes across the board.

Other additional options are now available, with the particular option in force being the choice of the class leader. The leader will of course make their choice known to class members and members will be expected to adhere to this guideline.

Please note that no longer will notices be sent out from the AC office regarding weather related cancellations. Also, Wall Street United Church reserves the right to remain closed if conditions on the premises pose a threat to our members.

The policy in full may be accessed by clicking here. In addition, the right sidebar contains the contact information regarding the status of school bus cancellations to be used as needed.

Thanks are due to the taskforce members: Bill Carlyle, John Bonser, Carron Szabo and Tony Dunbar for their work.

Winter Weather Class Cancellations

The key contact information regarding school bus cancellations is as follows:

  • Phone: 1-866-629-0629
  • Website: Student Transportation Eastern Ontario www.steo.ca
  • Radio: CFJR: 104.9; CBC Ottawa: 91.5

The impact, or not, of school bus cancellation on AC class cancellation is a function of the policy option adopted by individual class leaders.

The policy in full may be accessed by clicking here

Next Registration and Open House

Brockville Memorial CentreJanuary 9, 2019
29 days to go.
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5 Wall Street, Brockville, ON K6V 4R8
Office Hours: 10 am - 12 noon; Monday-Thursday September through May
Email: fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca
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Phone: 613-345-2412