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.
Coffee Talk

Every Monday morning at 10:00 am, call in to our Coffee Talk using just your phone. This is a 1-hour program with others in our community who just want to engage in a general conversation about a variety of topics. Talk about what you want to talk about or just sit and listen – the choice is yours. Call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227 to register for this secure, helpful program.

Mondays
10:00 – 11:00 am
FREE Program

Conversation café 

Rejoigner ce groupe de discussion hebdomadaire pour vous tenir au courant et partager vos opinions. Chaque semaine, nous discuterons d'actualités ou d'autres sujets spéciaux et nous explorerons des moyens de résoudre tous les problèmes du monde. 

Les lundis 
10:00 – 11:00 am

Sports Talk

Call in to discuss your favourite sport. Who won, who lost, what trades are being considered and how is your team doing? This will be offered on Zoom for telephone only.

Wednesdays
1:00 pm
FREE!

Learn to Speak French

If you have ever thought that you would like to learn French, this is your chance. Join Luc Desormeaux to explore the beauty of the French Language. The focus of the class will be correct pronunciation, so join your classmates in an opportunity to carry on conversations in a new language.

Mondays
September 28 – November 30
11:00 am
$30.00 members                $45.00 non-members

Older and Bolder Social Program

Réseau ACCESS Network will be offering the “Older and Bolder Social Program” for older adults (50+). This program offers older adult’s a space to support and empower those who identify as older adults (50+) within the 2SLGBTQ+ community and their Allies. This program offers a space where people can find themselves represented, reflected, and treated with respect and dignity. It provides an opportunity for individuals to lead an active social life, in a relaxed environment to connect with friends over coffee, tea, and small snack to discuss topics of their choice. Topics and activities will be based on the group’s interest (can include things like current events in the media, guest speakers, recipe sharing, personal stories, reflection and show and tell). Individuals are encouraged to attend and be involved in group discussion.

Social isolation is a concern for many older adults, and impacts health and well-being in a number of ways. Socially isolated older adults have a greater likelihood of a more sedentary lifestyle, substance use, falls, and hospitalization. Research suggests that 2SLGBTQ+ older adults are at an even greater risk for social isolation, being twice as likely to live alone, and three to four times less likely to have children. Social isolation and loneliness in 2SLGBTQ+ seniors are two problems that are closely connected. Therefore, it is recognized that a positive response from service providers is a protective factor against social isolation and helps reduce the negative effects associated with living alone.

Mondays
September 2020
1:00 pm

Organize Your Space

Join Cori-Lyn Lemaitre as she presents this seminar containing ideas and strategies to help you organize your space or downsize your home.

Thursday
September 17, 2020
1:00 pm
FREE!

Top-10-COVID-Rules-to-Live-By

With so many announcements about COVID-19-from stages of reopening to personal precautions-it can be hard to know what rules are currently in place. The Top-10-COVID-Rules-to-Live-By, as explained by a Public Health Professional, will keep us going for the long haul and will go a long way to protect our health, our health care system, our schools, and our jobs and economy.

Thursday
September 24, 2020
1:00 pm
FREE!

Genealogy 101                                      

Are you researching your family history or new to genealogy? Find out how the library can help! Join Kristen Bertrand, Local History Librarian, for an information session exploring the wide variety of resources that the Library can provide. Through examples of print and online resources, this introductory session will be especially beneficial to anyone wondering what the library has to offer, and for those working on creating their family tree. Resources being featured include: Newspapers on microfilm, City Directories, Ancestry.com basics, INCO Triangle Digital Archive, Books.... and much more! You must pre-register for this class!

Thursday
October 1, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Estate Planning 1: 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 2 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!

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. To register, please call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227. Don’t leave your future to chance. Participants must pre-register for this class.

Thursday
October 8, 2020
1:00 pm

Estate Planning 2: Wills and 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! This seminar was previously included with Powers of Attorney. Because of recommendations we have split the seminar into two parts!

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. Participants must pre-register for this class.

Thursday
October 15, 2020
1:00 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.

Thursday
October 22, 2020
1:00 pm

Strategies to help maintain your Physical and Mental Health

Join Tracy Leung, Occupational Therapist in a useful and interactive discussion around every day tools, equipment, and strategies to help maintain your physical and mental health, so that you can keep doing the things that you love doing at home and when you are out and about. If you have any specific questions about improving your ability to participate in activities inside or outside of your home, bring them along!

Thursday
October 29, 2020
1:00 pm

Relationship between the Anishinaabek and the Stars above: The diverse traditional stories linking the Anishinaabek to the universe. 

Will Morin is an educator, artist and cultural consultant. He is of Ojibway / Scottish / French Canadian ancestry, a citizen of the Michipicoten Anishinaabek First Nation. Will lives and works in Northern Ontario with his Anishinaabe-Kwe ndikwemi / life partner, Robin, and their 4 children.

As a multi-disciplined academic with 3 bachelor’s degrees, an Interdisciplinary M.A, presently working on an Inter-disciplinary Human Studies PhD, Will has taught for over 20 years from elementary to post-secondary, currently Indigenous Studies for over two decades at the University of Sudbury / Laurentian University. Trained as a Medical Assistant, Will served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the first Gulf War. Will is an accomplished and award-winning multi-disciplined visual artist exhibiting nationally. Community minded Will continues to work in the arts and inspire Indigenous and local youth though various disciplines.

Thursday
October 29, 2020
7:30 pm

Newfoundland 2019

Join Richard Mende as he leads you on a travelogue of Newfoundland 2019. Richard’s photos and stories are certain to provide you with insight into his 2019 adventure.

Thursday
November 19, 2020
11:00 am
FREE!

Introduction to Bounce Back

BounceBack is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Thursday
November 19, 2020
1:00 pm

SBOC Presents "Battle of the Generations" Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) is inviting you to participate by activating and reactivating the brain for a fun challenge! The Battle of the Generations Spelling Bee is returning back for the fourth year on Thursday, November 26th, 2020.

In a fun spelling competition against friends and children, spell 3 words correctly to make it to the 2nd round where you will spell to earn the most points! The event will run on Zoom. Registration will close on November 12th. If you have a support person who will be assisting you for this event, please also include their email in your registration.

Stay tuned for more details and updates on our website here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at events@spellingbeeofcanada.ca

Thursday
November 26, 2020
1:00 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. This program will be offered online.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the Month
September 15, 2020
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free Admission!

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. This program will be offered online.

Tuesdays
September 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free Admission!