Parkside Centre without Walls

Parkside Centre without Walls

ParkSide Centre Without Walls 
A new Series of Programs Offered by the ParkSide Centre 

ParkSide Centre Without Walls (PCWW) is easy to join and enjoy. Now seniors in our area can be part of a community from the comfort of their own home. No computer or internet needed, just a phone call connects participants with educational, health and wellness, travelogues, local history and games sessions Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, just to start. Seniors are not alone when they join this interactive virtual seniors’ centre. It’s fun, free and easy! 

What is PCWW? 

It is a free telephone and internet program that offers recreation activities, health & wellness seminars, educational series and general conversations to seniors and adults with physical disabilities who find it difficult to access regular community centres in person or who may not be able to leave home for extended periods of time. The ParkSide Centre Without Walls (PCWW) is as simple as just picking up your telephone! 

Through the use of multi-person phone calls, PCWW provides the opportunity for participants to join in on health and wellness seminars, educational lectures, brain-stimulating activities, listen to live musical entertainment, join in on general conversations, and make new and meaningful friendships – all from the comforts of home!  It works just the same as attending a class or a lecture at the centre, but instead it is facilitated over the telephone. 

ParkSide Centre Without Walls Basics: - Programs are multi-person phone conversations (or conference calls). - No special equipment needed – just your average phone! - Each phone session lasts between 30-60 minutes on the phone. - All you have to do is pick up your phone and call the number provided. - Each phone session averages 6-10 people on the call. - You are able to hear each other, talk to one another, learn, and/or just have fun! - You must pre-register for all classes in the ParkSide Centre Without Walls Program! 

Who is eligible? Individuals 50+ and/or adults with physical disabilities 18+ living in Northeastern Ontario. If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to get out and be part of the community, ParkSide Centre Without Walls is a virtual, dependable support group and learning centre. Try it out, spread the word. For more information contact John Richer at the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227 ext.225. One of our participants recently said, “I’m 95 years old, I don’t go out. Every Wednesday I’m looking forward to my program, and although I have never met anyone face to face, I feel like I know them. It’s my family.” Contact us and join.

ParkSide Centre Without Walls

We have been adding programs on our ParkSide Centre Without Walls format and it is interesting to note that we have had viewers from as far away as Georgia and British Columbia join us for some of the programs. Updates can be found on our Facebook page at, on our website at in our monthly newsletters.

The ParkSide Centre Without Walls program has continued to grow since its inception and the new programs and seminars that are now being presented online are continuing to grow. However, we recognize that there are situations where someone who wants to participate in a class or watch live entertainment does not have enough experience on the computer to easily participate.

The ParkSide Centre will continue to offer one-on-one training for those who need a little help accessing programs like Zoom, Facebook or Skype that will allow them to more easily participate in the programs offered. If you need some help to access these services, please send an email to and someone will contact you.

Please note that many of our programs will be offered via computer. Please send an email to or to register for any of these programs or call 705-673-6227. You will need to download Zoom to your computer and we can send instructions if needed.


Computers for Absolute Beginners

This program will cover the basics of your computer and is for people who are either new to computers, or those who have some basic skills in one or two areas and wish to expand their understanding of computers. We will start with very basic instructions and skills and add content as we go through this 3 week program. By the end of this course, you will be able to use your email, browse the web for things that interest you, and how to get the most out of some common computer programs. You will also learn how to download and store information and photos so that you can easily retrieve them.

February 1, 8 and 15, 2021
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Led by Parkside member Peter Marshall


Facebook is everywhere and many people use this free social networking service. However there are ways to control who sees your information and who can share it. Peter Marshall will show you how to access all of the settings available in Facebook so that you can be comfortable using it and he will also show you a few tips on how to evaluate whether the information that you see on Facebook is accurate. This is a 2-hour class.

January 11 or March 15, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Microsoft Word

Whether you are writing personal letters, your memoirs or articles for a newsletter, sometimes you want to change the way the document looks but don’t know how. Let Parkside member Pete Marshall show you some of the ways you can dress up what you are working on, or even create things that you didn’t think were possible such as Calendars, Brochures, Certificates of Achievement or Tri-Fold Brochures.

January 28, 2021
1:00 pm
$20.00 members               $40.00 non-members


Did you just get a tablet for Christmas and want to learn how to manage downloads and apps and how to personalize your device? We will run separate classes for Apple iPads and Android Tablets like Samsung and all the others.

Bring your charging cable with you as well as any information that you might need in order to sign in to your email and app store accounts.

Apple iPad
February 11, 2021
1:00 pm

Android Tablets (Samsung, Acer, Nexus, Lenovo, etc.)
February 18 or February 25, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 pm


Twitter is a social media platform that is used by many people to communicate, share stories and pictures, and to keep up with the latest news. It is very popular with people of all ages, however, many seniors and those north of age 50 don’t understand why Twitter is so popular. Join us at the ParkSide Centre to learn all about Twitter. You’ll be tweeting before you leave here that day!

February 25, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$20.00 members       $40.00 non-members

Internet Safety

The internet can provide hours of entertainment as well as the ability to connect with friends and family who may not live near you. Are you using the internet safely? Do you know how to set up your device for increased privacy and security? Have you noticed links, emails and ‘Special Offers’ that look too good to be true?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then this class may be for you.

March 1, 2021
1:00 PM

Everything Google 

Almost all computer users know how to Google. But Google is owned by a company named ‘Alphabet”, which also owns a myriad of other businesses. Learn about these other companies and how to access them from your Google home page. Read a map, find a flower, search by colour and even look for technical documents and papers from peer-reviewed journals.

March 8, 2021
1:00 PM

Digital Seniors Connection

The pandemic has forced our programs and events to move to online presentations, in our Parkside Centre without Walls format. What if you are uncomfortable with your technology skills: does that mean that you have to miss out on these programs?

The YMCA of Northeastern Ontario is launching a training program that will teach you how to use technology safely through educational workshops and provide a way to connect seniors with their families by lending devices to use. To register or for more information, please call 705-674-8315.


Christmas Chair Fitness on Zoom!

Get fit and have fun while getting into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Themed Playlist! Santa hats and all! 

December 4, 11, 18, 2020
11:00 am

Minds in Motion

The Parkside Centre is partnering again with the Société Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin to present this community-based social program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with memory problems and their care partners. This program is a wonderful way for people with memory problems and their care partner to have fun together and establish new friendships with others living the same experiences. Please contact Stephanie Moncion for the link to this Zoom program (705) 524-2024 Ext 269.

Gentle Hatha Yoga                                                                                  
Gentle Hatha Yoga classes will consist of breath work, guided imagery, basic asanas (poses), relaxation and meditation. The asanas help build flexibility, endurance, balance and strength. Yoga is therapeutic for anxiety, stress and depression and greatly improves general health and well-being. Classes are an hour long in order to provide time for relaxation.

January 6 – March 24, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Led by Dawn Condon

Gentle Hatha Yoga - Beginner Level 2

Beginner Level 2 Gentle Hatha Yoga is designed for those who have a good understanding of the basics of yoga postures, and have begun to explore a wider variety of poses and styles. The beginner level 2 student understands the relationship between breath and movement.

January 6 – March 24, 2021
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
$45.00 members     $75.00 non-members                  
Led by Dawn Condon

Chair Yoga

If you have ever wanted to try doing Yoga and have challenges (or not), physical or other, then this class is for you! This class is offered to those who have physical challenges, chronic pain, and other conditions or to those who wish to expand and deepen their yoga practice. Breathwork, visualization and meditation will be taught and in the latter portion of the program, the use of small hand weights will be introduced.

Yoga can be learned and practiced at any age. Learning Yoga in one’s senior years can add longevity, vitality, endurance, flexibility, strength and balance to your life. Imagine all this as well as an increased sense of well-being! Yoga is said to be the perfect exercise because it unites not only the physical aspects of a person, but also the mental, spiritual and emotional parts of us and as Marilyn’s chair yoga teacher said “Chair yoga is not for sissies! You can be challenged.” Come enjoy, laugh, have fun and get strong.

Tuesday and Thursday
9:30 am – 10:30 am
January 19 – March 9, 2021
$35.00 per person
Led by: Marilyn Hurst

Breathwork & Breathing

Breathwork is rejuvenating, it's a gentle workout for your inner body. An energy practice you can do, anytime, that helps to get things flowing and moving. It helps with your anxiety and mental wellbeing. It's both nurturing and a proven science.

January 5 to February 23, 2021
11:00 am
$5.00 per class
Pre-Registration and payment required. 
Minimum 6 Registered for the Class to Proceed
Instructor: Anna Le-Grie from Awakenings

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga increases your flexibility, stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. Poses or asanas are held for a longer period of time 3-10 minutes typically.

January 12 – March 16, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 pm
$40.00 per person
(Requires minimum of 8 people for this class)
Led by Kim Price

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga, which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. Restorative yoga is a type of yoga known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect.

Both restorative and Zin classes are suitable for all participants wanting to try and these classes will expose you to both styles. The props that participants can use are a yoga mat, bolsters, blocks and blankets. If they do not have these props things from their homes can be used like towels, books and large pillows.

January 13 – March 17, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 pm
$40.00 per person
(Requires minimum of 8 people for this class)
Led by Kim Price

Chair Fitness
Stay fit in the comfort of your own home while sitting down!

Chair fitness gives you the support you need while you focus on flexibility, posture and progression to a stronger, healthier you.   Understanding and working with your unique abilities. Option of standing or sitting during the 40 minute workout gives you the freedom to mix it up. 

What do you get?
- Full body workout 
- Cardio Stretch
- Core builder 
- Low back stability
- All around Strength            
- Posture correction    
- Injury prevention 
- Confidence

Have a seat with Linda, your personal fitness coach.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2pm
January 26 to March 17, 2021
$55.00 per person

Zumba Gold                                                                        

Zumba Gold is a fun and exciting program! It is designed for the active older adult, the true beginner, or people who may be limited physically. Zumba Gold is done at a lower intensity, not as fast, but certainly just as fun. The same great Latin styles of music and dance are used. 

January 5 - March 30, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5.00 per class

Zumba Gold Toning

A program tailored for active older adults who want to focus on muscle conditioning and light weight activity. Zumba Gold-Toning blends the Zumba party you love at a slower pace with a redefining total body workout using Zumba Toning Sticks to shake up those muscles!

This class will help to prevent a dramatic reduction in muscle mass, muscle strength, atrophy and sarcopenia (loss of skeletal muscle mass). Walk in ready to have a blast and tone up, leave exhilarated and empowered!

January 8 - April 2, 2021
10:00 am - 10:45 am
$5.00 per class

Parkinson’s Mobility Program

This exercise program is designed to benefit those diagnosed with Parkinson's. The program focuses on improving posture, range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, as well as flexibility, relaxation, balance and coordination. This progressive program will greatly enhance one's quality of life while preventing the negative side effects of inactivity to help with the symptoms of this neurological disease. Participants must be able to ambulate on their own without supervision.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
January 11 - April 1, 2021 (No class on February 15, 2021)
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Led by Denise Maki and Tina Treitz

Urban Poling

The Parkside Centre has hosted free urban poling/ Nordic walking classes in partnership with the Rainbow Routes, Trails4Life Program for the past two years. We will continue to support this activity this winter, but please make sure that you are wearing cleats or traction devices on your shoes once the snow comes. Urban poling uses 90% more muscles than just walking and turns walking into full body workout! It improves your posture, balance and stability! This is a low-impact work-out that reduces impact on knee and hip joints and is great for rehabilitation. Meet the group at Bell Park at the Elizabeth Street entrance. The instructor has completed the urban poling seminar on Covid-19 and can lead a one-on-one lesson if required.

January 7 - April 1, 2021
11:00 am

Abotti - Walking In Place Program! 

Antonietta is a high energy instructor who allows us into her home in Vaughan to enjoy some upbeat music and easy steps to keep us active! Suitable for any ability. Her motto is “You do You”. Join Us!

Mondays at 6:30 pm 
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Fridays at 10:00 am

ParkSide Centre Without Walls Health and Wellness Series 
** Registrants will also receive an Exercise Manual by email for reference.

Heather Wallingford is a retired Physical and Occupational Therapist who has worked for nearly 60 years with children, adults, the elderly and in heavy industry. She has had an interest in neurophysiology and how it relates to function for the past 45 years. She loves teaching and learning and helping people to look after themselves. Heather will be hosting a variety of education sessions on these topics for the winter season.

“I’m a retired Physical and Occupational Therapist. As I grow older it makes me sad to see a lot of people aging rapidly needlessly as their circumstances change either due to painful joints or change in living accommodations because they don’t realize the magic of movement.

I’m not going to talk about working out at the gym or going to a regular exercise program, although both of these are good if they make you feel better. What I am going to talk about is all the things that movement does and the importance of exercising throughout the day to try to duplicate the amount of activity that you did when you were younger.”

Personal Energy Part I
The effects of food and movement

This is not a presentation on diet or exercise but on how food and movement can affect changes in the brain and the body to increase or decrease energy.

January 14, 2020
2:00 pm

Personal Energy Part II

The effects of stress and sleep. This presentation will talk about the effects of stress on the body and discuss practical ways to decrease stress.

January 21, 2020
2:00 pm

Looking After Your Back Part I

This presentation will discuss the anatomy of the back. Demonstrations to help you decide what the best positions are for YOUR back whether you have pain or not. Ways to use this information on an ongoing   basis to decrease or prevent back pain will also be discussed. Wimpy exercises that are must for your back whether you have back pain or not will be presented.

January 28, 2020
2:00 pm

Looking After Your Back Part II

This presentation will be a quick review of Part I including pain patterns. You will learn to figure out whether leg pain, cramping etc. is from the back or not and how to control it. How to do activities of daily living without aggravating your back will be discussed.

February 4, 2020
2:00 pm

Looking After Your Neck

This presentation will discuss the anatomy of the neck. Demonstrations to help you decide what the best positions are for YOUR neck whether you have pain or not. Ways to use this information on an ongoing basis to decrease or prevent neck pain will also be discussed. Ways to sort out whether you hand and/or arm pain is from your neck or not will be presented. Lots of practical ideas will be shared for how to do things to decrease the stress on the neck.

February 11, 2020
2:00 pm

Looking After Your Shoulders

This presentation will discuss the structure of the shoulder. Exercises will be presented and ways to assess improvement if you have limited pain free movement. Some ideas for activities of daily living and sleeping if you have shoulder pain will be presented.

February 18, 2020
2:00 pm

Looking After Your Hands

There are 18 short muscles in the hands that we expect to work and work together but we don’t do anything specific to make sure that they do. Understanding this and very specific exercises will be the bulk of this presentation but white hand and carpal tunnel syndrome will also be discussed.

February 25, 2020
2:00 pm

Balance and Walking

Balance involves the working together of many aspects of the body/brain. This presentation will discuss all the aspects involved in balance and practical ideas and exercises will be presented.

Many practical suggestions for how to improve your balance and what we can do to stay active but be safe. Walking will be discussed from the     perspective of things we can do to improve our walking and keep good patterns in our brain when we start to feel insecure.

March 4, 2020
2:00 pm

Muscle, Ligament Pain

This presentation will discuss pain management in general and non-intrusive things that you can try and ways to assess their effectiveness.

March 11, 2020
2:00 pm

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Ways to assess your daily activities to prevent RSI and what to do when you have problems will be presented.

March 18, 2020
2:00 pm

Assistive Devices Program                              FREE ASSESSMENT!

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care runs the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to help people who have long-term physical disabilities get needed equipment and supplies. In some cases, ADP pays 75 per cent of the cost of items like wheeled walkers or rollators.

Usually, your doctor will refer you to an "authorizer". This is a health care professional registered with ADP. The authorizer will assess whether you meet ADP funding criteria, measure you for a wheeled walker and fill in the appropriate form.

The Parkside Centre, in partnership with the Stay On Your Feet Sudbury & Manitoulin Falls Prevention Coalition, has been able to secure the services of a Physiotherapist who is trained and registered to deliver this type of service.  These assessments at the Parkside Centre are free of charge.

Initial appointments will be completed by telephone and second appointments will then be set for clients to meet at a supplier’s location.

Contact the front desk to make your appointment.


Bellydancing for Beginners                                                

Join Murielle Jacques as she teaches you this fun choreographed group dance set to Middle Eastern music. In this class you will learn the history and traditions of belly dance including handouts. You will be taught several moves along with the correct posture to prevent injuries and to perform the moves. The moves you will learn include basic Egyptian, coup-de-hanche, shimmi, shassé, vibration, figure 8, washing machine, etc. This class is ideal for those who want to experience dancing in a group, or simply to learn something new.

New class starting in April 2021

Dancin’ Feet in Motion 

If you are looking for something enjoyable and fun to do in your spare time, try our Line Dance classes where you will learn new and standard line dances in a comfortable, welcoming, fun-filled class. Since you dance on your own, line dancing is ideal for singles and for partners of non-dancers. It's also wonderful for people who want a social activity that doesn't involve dating, partnering or going to a bar to enjoy! People with two left feet are welcome!

Even though it is still called “Country-Western Line Dancing” opposed to “Traditional Line Dancing”, it is now modern, urban sophistication, swing syncopations, flowing waltz and nightclub rhythms, and dances with a Latin flavor. We are still dancing in lines but are enjoying a large variety of music. Line dancing has evolved to offer everyone fun and enjoyment and will keep you coming back for more.

For more information on the program and what you need to bring, call Carol Larocque (Parkside member) at 705-525-0448, or visit the Dancin’ Feet in Motion website at

January 14 - April 1, 2021
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$4.00 per class

January 13 - March 31, 2021
2:30 – 4:30 pm
$4.00 per class

Modern Line Dancing 

If you are looking for something enjoyable and fun to do in your spare time, try our Modern Beginner Line Dance. Line dancing became popular in the mid 1970’s, and has been progressively getting more popular since then. A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender or age of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time.

“Modern Line Dancing” is different than “Traditional Line Dancing” - it is now modern, urban sophistication, swing syncopations, flowing waltz and nightclub rhythms, and dances with a Latin flavor. We are still dancing in lines - but are enjoying a large variety of music. Line dancing has evolved to offer everyone fun and enjoyment and will keep you coming back for more. For more information on the program and what you need to bring, call Carol Larocque (Parkside member) at 705-525-0448.

January 11 - March 29, 2021 (No class on February 15, 2021) 
No new students will be accepted unless they have previous dance backgrounds.
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$4.00 per class

Ballroom Line Dancing

In this class, instructor Jan Fregonese will teach you the basic fundamentals of a variety of Ballroom Dances, without the concern about leading or following your partner. She will lead you through a collection of choreographed ballroom steps performed in a line formation. The various movements involve a variety of walking, swiveling or turning movements done to the music of many Latin dances such as the Cha Cha, Mambo, Samba, Rumba, and the Merengue.

Mondays and Fridays
January 11 - March 26, 2021 (No class on February 15, 2021)
1:00 – 3:00 pm


Drawing and Painting with Rosie                                                            
Learn to draw and paint through the use of different approaches and media. This relaxed, welcoming environment encourages observational and imaginative art, all well developing skills with regards to the use of tone, line, and a range of techniques. Throughout this course the opportunity to experiment with acrylic paint, wet media and colour will arise, as well as a chance to pursue an individual project. 

January 13 - March 17, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$60.00 per person
Led by Rosemary Maddock


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. Participate in the conversation or just sit and listen – the choice is yours. The topics for this month are as follows:

TOPICS for December 

December 2 - Book Chat – Have you read any good books lately? Share some of your favorites with us.

December 7 - How did we ever live without…Think about appliances, gadgets and everyday items we have now that we didn’t have years ago. Let’s talk about how things have changed over the years and how we have had to adapt.

December 9 - All things Pets! Let’s share some funny or loving stories about our Pets.

December 14 - Fun Facts! Come equipped with some Fun Facts about the month of December and Christmas Traditions!

December 16 - Travelogues! Where is your favorite place to go?

December 21 - Tell Me something Good!

December 23 - ‘Twas the Night before Christmas

December 28 - Christmas Recap - Let’s share some special moments we had over the Holidays!

December 30 - Happy New Year! (ALMOST!)Let’s share our Best Wishes and Goals for 2021.

TOPICS for January

January 4 - Happy New Year & Welcome Back! It’s NATIONAL TRIVIA DAY!

January 6 - Fun Facts! Come equipped with some Fun Facts about the month of January!

January 11 - All things Pets! Let’s share some funny or loving stories about our Pets.

January 13 - Book Chat – Have you read any good books lately?

January 18 - Travelogues! Where is your favorite place to go? 

January 20 - Tell Me something Good!

January 25 - ‘Tis the Season – We will share some of our favorite recipes using the In Season veggies such as Cauliflower, Cabbage, Scallions and Peas! Yum!

January 27 - In the News & Word Games.

Call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227 to register for any of the above programs.

Mondays and Wednesdays
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? If your team is struggling, let's talk about what can be done to fix it. This will be offered on Zoom for telephone only.

1:00 pm

Gratitude Circle

Life sure has its ups and downs, and in these uncertain times, it feels good to share what we are Grateful for! Sometimes we take things for granted in life or it may be difficult to find the sunshine in a day when we are isolated at home, or live with chronic pain. Join us to share some inspiration! We are all in this Together.

11:00 am

Flu Vaccine Presentation

Public Health is encouraging everyone to get their flu shot during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even more important this year, members of the public are being reminded that the flu shot helps keep us healthy and helps keep our health care system from being overwhelmed by people who may be ill with serious respiratory illness. They will be offering a presentation on the flu shot, why it is so important this year, the added concern of twinning and where you can get your vaccination.

December 7, 2020
11:00 am

Jingle Bell Social

For Experienced Line Dancers.There will be no instruction, just a fun get-together to celebrate the holiday season with our line dancing friends!

Join Us for a Great Event LIVE ON ZOOM! Call to Register for your Link to Join!

December 12, 2020 
1:00 - 4:00 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.

January 14, 2021
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!

January 21, 2021
1:00 pm

Indigenous 101

The Anishinaabek of the northern woodlands are diverse and key to our shared history in Canada. Their unique cultural traditions linked to the land and sky are a few key concepts and practices that make these two seminars so rewarding. The sessions will introduce you to a wide range of historical details and cultural traditions that will give you a starting point in understanding the Indigenous people and our shared history on this land. Will Morin will lead both sessions and you can join both or only one – you are sure to learn something that you didn't learn in school, about our Indigenous neighbours.

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 Morin continues to work in the arts and inspire Indigenous and local youth though various disciplines.

January 28 and March 10, 2021
1:00 pm

General Membership Update

There will be a membership meeting designed to give everyone an update on ParkSide activities and programs. The date is tentative at the time of printing.

January 29, 2021
1:00 pm

Sudbury Horticultural Society presents “Wild about Bees” by Lorraine Johnson

Wild about Bees, by native plant author and expert Lorraine Johnson, celebrates the important role of pollinators to food security and ecosystem health. Along with exploring the differences     between honeybees and native bees, and the threats that pollinators face, this presentation offers plenty of practical information on creating pollinator gardens: how to get started, useful plants to choose for beauty and low-maintenance in a broad range of conditions, and tips on maintaining your pollinator garden.

January 30, 2021
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.

February 4, 2021
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.

February 11, 2021
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.

February 18, 2021
1:00 pm

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, basics, INCO Triangle Digital Archive, Books.... and much more! 

March 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Understanding Ontario’s Personal Income Tax, Credits and Benefits amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

How well do you understand Ontario’s personal income tax, credits and benefit   programs? How does it all work in a period disrupted by a pandemic? Are there new relief measures you can access? Was your income for 2020 significantly impacted, changing what you normally qualify for?

The Ontario Ministry of Finance invites you to attend a free, one-hour webinar designed to help you understand personal income tax, credits and benefits, and how they are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Regardless of your age, income level, or time of year it is, your time will be well spent.

Date and Time to be finalized.

Understanding Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax

Are you estate planning? Or has someone asked you to be their estate representative? Would you like to better understand how Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax (EAT) works?

The Ontario Ministry of Finance invites you to attend a free, one-hour webinar that will teach you:

- What EAT is and when it is applicable
- What assets are included in the tax calculation?
- How to determine the value of an asset
- How to calculate the tax
- How to file the tax return and pay the tax
- Recent legislative changes to the tax

Date and time to be confirmed.

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 
January 12 - March 23, 2021 
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. 

January 12 - March 30, 2021 
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Free Admission!


Soup, Sandwich and Song

This Winter, our Entertainment will continue to be provided on the ParkSide Centre Facebook page. Click on this link each day at 11:00 am and you will see the performances.

January 8		Marc Serre
January 15		Brad Rose
January 22		Claude Lecuyer
January 29              Andy Lowe            
February 5              International Women's Day Celebration with The Sparkly Sisters  
February 12             Valentine's Day Celebration with Andre Giroux
February 19             Dan Demore & Natalie Labbee
February 26             Dave McNabb
March 5			Marc Serre
March 12                Brad Rose
March 17		St. Patrick's Day Celebration with The Sparkly Sisters
March 19		Claude Lecuyer     
March 26                Norman & Friends

The list of entertainers should be considered tentative and may change.

Café Heritage

ParkSide Centre has partnered with Café Heritage to bring you a NEW! Virtual Live Music platform to enjoy! The “Baby Zoomers” Entertainment Series will be hosted every Thursday night at 7:00 pm from November 2020 until March 2021 on our ParkSide Centre Without Walls platform. Our regularly scheduled 11:00 am Friday Live Music sessions featured on our Facebook page will also still continue.

“Baby Zoomers” is made possible thru the generosity of a micro grant by the Older Adult Centre Association of Ontario (OACAO) Senior’s Without Walls program. This grant will allow us to Co-Host local and regional entertainers, Live using Zoom, all from the comfort of your home! 

December 3			   The Tarvelles
December 10			   Yvan Petit
December 17			   Rodney Meilleur
December 24			   Denise Clark & Danny Pedneaud
December 31			   The Boomers (Happy New Year!)
January 7			   Andre Giroux
January 14			   Robbie Shawana
January 21			   Chuck Labelle
January 28			   Denise Vaillancourt
February 4			   Leo Duquette & Viviane Valentine
February 11			   Rolly the Music Man
February 18			   Jon & Nat Giroux
February 25			   Dave McNabb
March 4				   JP St. Onge
March 11			   Gisele Small
March 18			   Beyond Ireland

Don’t have a laptop, tablet or other device for viewing? No problem! We will provide you a Toll Free phone number to dial into to listen along with us! It’s as simple as that!

If you prefer, you can also be added to our Call Out list and WE WILL CALL YOU.   When you receive the call, all you have to do is “Press 1” and say your name, and you will be connected. It’s so easy and user friendly.

Contact us to Pre-Register today!

Sudbury Shutterbugs

We consist of lifelong photography enthusiasts, to first time camera owners. Please come out to our meetings and share in our love for photography. Please come out to our meetings and share in our love for photography. Our mission is to share and expand our knowledge about the art of photography, bringing together people of all knowledge levels from professionals to amateurs. We strive to have an open forum to discuss matters that are of interest to the members, to share our pictures, and to help members grow as photographers. If you enjoy taking pictures no matter your skill level, equipment, come on out to the Parkside Centre the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. Contact Harriet Kideckel at for meeting details.


Are you afraid to speak in front of a crowd?  Are you interested in further developing your leadership skills such as time management and organization? WE WANT YOU!

Toastmasters International is an organization dedicated to the development of leadership and speaking skills ( ). We invite you to come out as a guest to a meeting convenient for you. We have three (3) Toastmasters clubs meeting at the Parkside Centre at the following times:

Monday:      Sudbury Toastmasters Club #2816, from 7-9pm (from September to June)
Wednesday:   Sudbury Noon Hour Speakers Club from 12-1pm (all year round)
Thursday:    Greater Sudbury Speakers Club from 7-9pm (from September to June)

Please note that meetings will be held virtually until we can safely reopen.

For more information, feel free to contact these people for more information about each group.

Sudbury Toastmasters Club #2816       
Sudbury Noon Hour Speakers Club
Greater Sudbury Speakers Club         

Looking forward to seeing you!

Sudbury District Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

This group provides tips on how to trace your Family Tree. Share your successes with like-minded family historians and learn from interesting speakers and knowledgeable researchers. Meeting nights are usually at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month, excluding July and August. We normally meet at the Parkside Centre, the general public is welcome. Currently OGS meetings are held on the Ontario Genealogical Society Zoom site. Contact the OGS for details at