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Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs
A project of the OACAO with funding from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs

Handbook: Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs 2017-2018  -
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Early Bird Application Deadline Monday, May 8, 2017 for Fairs to be held between May 15 – August 31, 2017

Final Application Deadline Monday, June 5, 2017: for Fairs to be held between September 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 – fillable PDF - Click Here  OR Word - Click Here

Locations and Dates For Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs 2017-2018    COMING SOON

2017 Fair Dates and Locations
May 29 Older Adult Network Hamilton - HAMILTON Vince Mercuri

June 7 Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre - OSHAWA Stepen Vrantsidis

June 7 City of Belleville - BELLEVILLE Karen Weichenthal

June 8 Town of Aurora - AURORA Katie Papillion

June 24 Sackville Hill Seniors
Recreation Centre -
Vince Mercuri

June 27 Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre - NIAGARA FALLS Hanya Nagy

Sept 6 The Good Companions - OTTAWA

Monique Doolittle-Romas

Sept 6 Bowmanville Older Adult Association - BOWMANVILLE

Natalie Lynch

Sept 7 Mills Community Support - ALMONTE

Jan Watson

Sept 8 Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre - TORONTO

Elizabeth Carillo

Sept 12 Township of Guelph/Eramosa, Rockmosa Older Adult Centre - ROCKWOOD

Melissa Biffis

Sept 13 Seniors Network - Blue Mountains - THORNBURY

Pamela McDermid

Sept 14 Better Living Community Centre - TORONTO

Bill Krever


Sept 14 North Bay Golden Age Centre - NORTH BAY

Maureen Bruce Payne

Sept 15 Activity Haven Seniors Centre - PETERBOROUG

Shirley Shaw or Heather Levek

Sept 15 Ryde Community Co-operative Incorporated - GRAVENHURST

Judy Campbell

Sept 19 Nipigon Silver Club - NIPIGON

Dan Brown


Sept 21 Sioux Lookout Seniors Activity Centre - SIOUX LOOKOUT

Edith Clace

Sept 21 Town of Ajax - AJAX

Robert Prochillo

Sept 22 Wallaceburg Seniors Club Inc. - DRESDEN

Jill VanZeist

Sept 23 Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place - NEWMARKET

Jason Malone

Sept 28 North York Seniors Centre - TORONTO

Helen Bergman

Sept 28 City of Cambridge - CAMBRIDGE

Colleen Lichti

Sept 29 The George S. Syme Centre of York - TORONTO

Nancy Rychel

Sept 29 Beckett Adult Leisure Centre - BRANTFORD

Lori LaFrance

Sept 30 Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities - SCARBOROUGH

Michelle Martin

Oct 3 Eglinton Hill Centre (EHC) Reconnect Community Health Services -TORONTO

Nico Cassidy

Oct 5 Centre Pauline Charron - OTTAWA

Esmeralda Imale

Oct 12 Askennonia Senior Centre Inc. - MIDLAND

Judy Contin

Oct 13 Cobourg Seniors Activity Centre - COBOURG

Krista Williams

Oct 14 Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre - THUNDER BAY

Twyla Biluk

Oct 17 City of Mississauga - MISSISSAUGA

Natalee Saab


Oct 19 Iroquois Falls Golden Age Club - IROQUOIS FALLS

Roger Robinson

Oct 20 5 Deauville Lane Neighbourhood Club - TORONTO

Dena Silverberg

Oct 24 Gloucester Senior Adults Centre - OTTAWA

Sharon Oatway

Oct 26 Aging at Home/Viellir chez soi - SMOOTH ROCK FALLS

Carole Cloutier

Oct 27 York Fairbank Centre for Seniors - TORONTO

Lisa Tobio

Oct 28 Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre - INGERSOLL

Kim Bidwell

Nov 4 Municipality of Clarington 55+ Active Adults - COURTICE

Kersti Pasco

Nov 16 Life After Fifty - WINDSOR

Suzanne Poirier

Nov 17 Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orleans - ORLEANS

Melanie Gatt

Nov 29 Bernard Betel Centre - TORONTO

Maria Lindgren

2018 Fairs

Jan 20 Seaway Senior Citizens Club #1201 - CORNWALL

Marylee Brunet

Jan 24 Tillsonburg Senior Centre - TILLSONBURG

Nancy Boutin

Jan 26 Fairview Mennonite Home - CAMBRIDGE

Christine Normandeau

Jan 27 Alderville First Nation - ROSENEATH

Amy DeJonge

Feb 16 Maple City Centre for Older Adults - CHATHAM

Linda Lucas

Feb 23 Horton Street Seniors Centre - LONDON

Karen Pyatt-Westbrook

Mar 5 South Gate Centre - WOODSTOCK

Chris Cunningham

Mar 13 York West Active Living Centre - TORONTO

Rita Orellana

Mar 14 Applegrove Community Complex - TORONTO

May Seto

Mar 20 Rexdale Community Health Centre - TORONTO

Sherri Bulmer

Mar 20 Rexdale Community Health Centre - TORONTO

Wendy Caceres-Speakman

Mar 20/22 Square One Older Adult Centre - MISSISSAUGA

Linda Salb

Mar 22 Renfrew Golden Age Activity Centre - RENFREW

Fay O'Rielly

Mar 23 Victoria Park Seniors Centre - FERGUS

Kathryn Morgan

Mar 23 Rendez vous des aines francophones d'Ottawa - OTTAWA

Julie Lizotte

Mar 24 Senior Persons Living Connected-formerly St. Paul's L'Amoreaux - TORONTO

Sarafina Hui

Mar 28 Whitby Seniors Services - WHITBY

Kim Evans

Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs:

What they are and how they are funded
The Seniors Information and Active Living Fair is a public education initiative, developed in partnership between the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, the funder, to increase seniors awareness about the programs and services to which they are entitled, knowledge on healthy aging and lifestyles and recognition of seniors contributions.
In partnership with the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario provides funding to OACAO member centres and Elderly Persons Centres to develop, organize and implement Fairs for their specific communities.
The Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs are funded by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs and administered by the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario under the Coordination of Shelley Wesseling. Shelley can be contacted at 905-728-2358 or by email at
There are two components to the fairs: a series of Seminars and a Trade Show.

Trade Show
Organizations are provided with a table to provide information and display the services and programs that they provide for older adults in a Trade Show format, along with seminars on various topics of interest to older adults and their families.  Participants are encouraged to visit each Trade Show Exhibitor to gain knowledge on the services or programs that they provide for seniors in your community.

Examples of Organizations
The Ministry of Seniors Affairs; Police and Fire Departments; Public Library; Public Health Department; LHIN, Canadian Hearing Society; Canadian National Institute for the Blind; VON; Red Cross Society; Canadian Cancer Society; Canadian Diabetes Association; Elder Abuse Ontario, Osteoporosis Canada; Long Term Care Facilities; Retirement Homes; Home Care Agencies; Not For Profit Community Support Organizations; Parks and Recreation Department; Senior Citizens Clubs, Organizations and Older Adult Centres; Social Housing; the Arthritis Society; local Service Clubs; Canadian Mental Health Association, Alzheimer Society of Ontario or local Society, Specialty Health Services including vision, hearing and assistive devices; Home Support Services, Tour and Bus companies; Ontario Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Consumer Services, The Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and our OACAO Business Partners.

Seminars may include: Get Your Money! – Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors presented by the Ministry of Finance;  The Ministry of Seniors Affairs provides a series of seminars including topics on Advanced Care Planning, Frauds and Scams,  Safe Medications and the Seniors Guide; The Ministry of Transportation provides seminars on Winter Driving for Seniors’ and the new Senior driver license Renewal program;  The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services offers interactive and informative sessions on consumer rights and public safety; Elder Abuse Ontario provides a presentation on Ageing Safely in the New Millennium.  Other topics might include information on Safe Meds for Seniors, Speaking of Bones, Falls Prevention, Out of Province/Country Medical Insurance, Genealogy, Nutrition/Healthy Eating, How to get involved in Community Theatre/choir etc., a quick drawing class by a local senior artist etc.
 For more information, please contact Sue Hesjedahl at


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