General Interest

General Interest

There is a wide variety of general interest programming that the ParkSide Centre offers to its members. There is everything from discussions on Powers of Attorney to presentations on how to find your family with help from the Public Library.

What is Coffee Talk? 

Coffee Talk is a group of people that gather on the telephone three times a week to chat about all sorts of topics to help relieve the feelings that isolation and living alone can bring. The best part is that it is free and all you need is a telephone to participate! We call you! 

When COVID-19 hit and social restriction policies came into place, it overwhelmingly changed the way that we operate. For many people, it may have meant complete isolation as we ceased many of the meaningful activities that we used to look forward to attending. 

Coffee Talk is for everyone! Each month, we have a variety of interesting topics to start from and there is no telling where the conversations are going to go from there! One thing is for sure….you will 100% feel brighter about your day and share some laughs! It is a wonderful, supportive group of men and women so connect with us and have some fun! 

Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at 11:00 am. 

Living the Dream Travelogue Series 

Below are a series of slide presentations with live commentary by Aubrey and Judy Millard who have been Living the Dream for 20 years on their Ontario 32 foot sloop, Veleda IV, sailing around the world. Each presentation takes 45 to 65 minutes with ample time for questions and answers about their itinerant lifestyle. Aubrey and Judy are currently living in Elliot Lake and planning to bring Veleda IV from Mexico back to the North Channel of Lake Huron when border openings permit. 

Thursdays at 3:00 pm 
April 7 - Living the Dream Part 1: Great Lake to the Mediterranean 
April 14 - Living the dream Part 2: The Caribbean 
April 21 - Living the Dream Part 3: East Coast from Newfoundland to Key West 
April 28 - Living the Dream Part 4: The Yucatan and Central America 
May 5 - Living the Dream Part 5: West Coast -The San Juan and Gulf Islands 
May 12 - Living the Dream Part 6: Desolation Sound and the Broughton Islands 
May 19 - Living the Dream Part 7: North to Alaska 
May 26 - Living the Dream Part 8: Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island west coast 
June 2 - Living the Dream Part 9: West Coast of the U.S.A. 
June 9 - Living the Dream Part 10: The Baja and Sea of Cortez in Mexico 

Gardening in the Shade A Virtual Presentation by Anna Leggatt 

Anna Leggatt is a former Secondary School teacher of botany and chemistry who worked for 30 years at the Kortright Centre for Conservation. She is the past Chair of the Ontario Rock Garden Society and Past Director of the North American Rock Garden Society. She has also been a Program Director for the East York Garden Club and is a Master Gardener. Anna belongs to Rock Garden Societies in other countries and other horticultural and nature groups such as the Hardy Plant Societies and Greater Toronto Bulb Society. 

Anna has written articles for Toronto Life Gardening, Landscape Ontario, and the Globe and Mail, and has submitted articles for Toronto Botanical Garden’s publication – Trellis, the Journal of the Ontario Rock Garden Society, NARGS, and the Dutch Rock Garden Society. She received the NARGS Marvin Black Award in 2017, and a Silver Award from GARDENCOMM in 2016. 

She calls herself a MAD GARDENER, gardening in a comparatively large garden in Toronto with lots of shade and visiting mink, deer and groundhogs. She loves shrubs, bulbs, rock gardening, wildflowers, Japanese effects, working with stone and changing her garden design. She would like to grow vegetables, but unfortunately the deer and groundhogs would like her to do that as well. 

April 25, 2021 
2:00 pm 

Beyond the Pail: Wild Ideas with Pots and Planters 
A Virtual Presentation by David Hobson 

David Hobson has ink stains on his green thumb! He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where he loves to watch things grow — his children, his garden, his friends, and his compost heap (which should eventually shrink). David was born and raised in Yorkshire, England, but has made Canada his home. A humorist, storyteller, and photographer, he is a popular speaker at horticultural societies and gardening clubs, where he shares the humour and passion of a lifelong gardener. For twenty years he has been the weekly garden columnist for The Waterloo Region Record. His articles have also appeared in Garden Making magazine, Grand magazine, and Canadian Gardening magazine. 

"Beyond the Pail: Wild Ideas with Pots and Planters" is presented by someone who fills almost a hundred unique and unusual pots and planters each year, everything you need to know for success. This presentation will cover all aspects of pots, plants, soil, mulch, fertilizer, and water; all with a dash of humour. 

David Hobson shares his photo gallery at and publishes his blog at 

May 30, 2021 
2:00 pm 

Memoir Writing Club 

Pursue Memoir Writing, offer support and encouragement to each other, share writings orally with the group. This group is a non-judgmental way to write your memoirs. 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

ParkSide Creative Writing 

Do you want to improve your writing skills? This group offers: workshops; peer exchange; knowledge sharing and presentations by published authors. Join us. You will become a better writer. 

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the Month 
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

Government of Canada: Services for Seniors 

Do you have questions about CPP, Old Age Security, Retirement Allowance, GST, Common Tax Credits, Tax Free Savings Accounts, Canada Caregiver Credit, Medical Expenses, Pension Income Splitting and more! 

Part 1 - Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm 
Part 2 - Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm 

Just in case you miss it: 

Part 1 - Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm 
Part 2 - Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm 

Persons with Disabilities Seminar 

Learn about the Disability Tax Credit, Eligibility, how to apply for the T2201, claiming the credit, what happens after you apply, Canada Caregiver Credit, Medical Expense Tax Credit, and more! 

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm 

Just in case you miss it: 

Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm 

Scams: How to Protect Yourself 

Don’t Get Scammed! Over the phone the CRA will never… Emails from the CRA never… When in Doubt ask yourself… 

May 11, 2021 
2:00 pm 

Safety for Seniors 

Prevention tips and things to consider for keeping you safe at home, on the street, away from home and in your vehicle. 

May 6, 2021 
1:00 pm 

Elder Abuse 
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month 

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. It hap-pens to men and women alike. The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as, "Single or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person." Learn about the warning signs of elder abuse and how to protect yourself and others from becoming a victim. 

June 3, 2021 
1:00 pm 
Presented by Lise Perreault with Greater Sudbury Police Services. 

Estate Planning 1: Wills & Probate 

Most people can say that they have a Will. However, they have not been reviewed or updated in quite some time. Even though most of your wishes are the same as they were when the Will was drafted, tax laws and regulations have changed and could cost your loved ones thousands. Join us at this seminar to get a better idea on whether you need to have your documents reviewed!

We hope you and a guest will join us. Do not leave your future to chance. 

May 12, 2021 
2:00 pm 

Estate Planning 2: Power of Attorney 

Did you know that the Power of Attorney is one of the most important documents to have while you are still alive? Did you know that everyone should have two Powers of Attorneys? Have you reviewed your Powers of Attorney within the past 5 years? If the answer to any of these questions is NO then this seminar is for you! 

We hope you and a guest will join us. To register, please call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227. Don’t leave your future to chance. 

May 19, 2021 
2:00 pm 

Estate Planning 3: Investments and Your Estate Plan 

Although Powers of Attorney and Wills are the things people think of the most when considering an Estate Plan, the structure of your investments and the investments you hold can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if not structured properly. The biggest mistake people make is that they assume everything is fine. During this presentation, we will discuss the items that you should look at and consider. 

May 26, 2021 
2:00 pm