Lunch & Learn Seniors' Group
Funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation SEED grant, this pilot program aims to combat isolation and loneliness among seniors in our communities.
Every Monday a small group meets for some exercise, lunch, and a presentation.
Since its launch in February 2022 the program has been creating opportunities for connection, movement, learning and joy.
Mondays, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
No sessions on holiday Mondays.
Admission by anonymous donation.
As part of the terms of this grant, we are expected to raise some of the funding ourselves and have chosen to do this by setting the admission structure as "Pay What You Can".
It is our intention that this will keep the program accessible to all and ensure finances won't be a barrier for anyone in our community.
What to expect:
light hearted company in a small group
fun, relaxed chair-based exercise led by Alyssa Service of Active Arts
delicious lunch catered by a local restaurant
"Something Interesting" - an engaging presentation, activity or interactive session led by a special guests, new each week
Please let us know you are coming by Friday morning the week prior.
Call 519.599.7837 and leave a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also happy to register your parent, neighbour, or a client who is interested in coming.
Want to help?
Volunteers and supporters welcome!
If you'd like to join us:
as a volunteer, welcoming participants and assisting them through the session;
as a caterer, hired to deliver lunches on a weekly basis for a month of your choosing;
as a presenter, delivering engaging and informative content or helping participants take part in a fun activity
Please reach out today: email@example.com
Please note there is no session on
Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day)
May's lunches will be catered by The Kitchen, a classic Meaford favourite.
Presenters will be:
Steve Gorton: A Life in Aviation
John Hethrington: Master Gardener
David Schoon: Escarpment Corridor Alliance
Monica Norris of Craigleith Depot: Blue Mountain Pottery
To everyone who has contributed to making this program a reality for the seniors in our community.
Our facilitator and exercise leader, Alyssa Service of Active Arts, has stepped up to her role with grace and enthusiasm. Her joy in dance and upbeat temperament really start our weeks off right. Alyssa has been sensitive to the unique needs of everyone in the group and conscious of her role as leader. Her care and consideration has truly set the tone in developing the exercise portion of this program.
We particularly appreciate the efforts of volunteer Mary Forward, who has greatly assisted in getting this program off the ground through many shutdowns and delays. She has worked hard to book presenters, help facilitate the program and was instrumental in getting it off the ground. Mary continues to attend sessions to work with our ongoing team of volunteers who support the program.
Thank you to our ongoing volunteers:
And to Shannon Galway, for volunteering with excellent advice and practical input as we worked to get started.
To the wonderful presenters who have given their time, talent and energy to our Mondays:
St. Johns' Ambulance Therapy Dogs
Pharmacist Shannon Fry
OPP Constable Trevor McKean
Andrea Wilson, Curator, Craigleith Depot
Local Author Ken Haigh
Sam Kennedy and James Major of Pineapple Sage Fine Foods
Local Author Katie Zybel
George Rutherford of the Collingwood Curling Club
Casey Thomson, owner of The Cheese Gallery