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LET'S PLAY BINGO!  HELP! WE NEED AN ACTIVITY DIRECTOR!

We have the time slot (Thursday afternoons) the equipment and a bunch of interested people. We are short just one thing: a volunteer willing to step up and be the person who takes charge and manages the activity. We rely on a volunteer "Activity Director" for every single activity for seniors that is offered at McMartin House - Seniors helping Seniors. We can't offer an "unmanaged" activity.  It is not at lot of work, but it is a vital responsibility.  If you are interested in helping, please send an email and phone number to Vivian Buchanan at vivians1@sympatico.ca. She will contact you and answer your questions.  

PERTH SENIORS FELLOWSHIP (PSF) ANNUAL REPORT 2017-2018

PSF's Annual Report for our 2017-2018 fiscal year has been presented to Ontario Heritage Trust (our leaseholder) and to Council Members of the Town of Perth.  You may access a copy of this Annual Report here.

MARY BOWRIN BOARDROOM AT McMARTIN HOUSE

PSF has been the beneficiary of an $18,000 In-Trust award from the Meriama Fund, which will  develop and maintain the “Mary Bowrin Boardroom”. PSF’s submission to the Meriama Fund for funding to develop a memorial through the establishment of the Mary Bowrin Boardroom was successful. The award is a donor restricted assignment of funds that can only be used for the purpose agreed upon.

The new Mary Bowrin Boardroom, which has now been developed with this funding, seats 10 comfortably and will be available for rental as of August 1st, 2018. Its central feature is a large double pedestal oak board table styled to be complementary with the heritage of McMartin House.  Other features include conference chairs with armrests, a historic (now decorative) fireplace, oven and cook top, sink, coffeemaker, microwave, printer, projection screen and other accessories commonly needed or useful at Board meetings. The new  should available for rental by August 1st, 2018.

Perth Seniors Fellowship is grateful for this assistance in honouring Mary Bowrin while meeting our need for meeting space and providing an opportunity to gain revenue to help sustain our operation.

SENIORS ACTIVE LIVING CENTRES ACT NOW IN EFFECT

Information from Abby Katz Starr

Assistant Deputy Minister (A), Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat

We would like to tell you about how we are working to help meet the needs of Ontario’s seniors now and in the future though the Seniors Active Living Centres Act., ​which replaces legislation governing Ontario's Elederly Persons' Centres. The new name reflects a new approach to active and healthy aging, with modern provisions that build on the strengths of the EPC program and maintains flexibility, accountability and program clarity that aligns with government direction.

In addition to the renaming, the new legislation does the following:

  • Clarifies the mandate  - states purpose of the program is to promote active and healthy living, social engagement, and learning for persons who are primarily seniors by providing them with activities and services;
  • Preserves the strengths of the current legislation by maintaining key provisions such as the program requirement of a minimum 20% municipal contribution;
  • Adds flexibility to ensure that the government has the choice to explore program partnerships between EPCs and organizations, in addition to municipalities, in the future; and
  • Moves the majority of EPC administrative program rules from legislation and regulation to program guidelines.

This modernized Act and program will not change the current program funding model. It will contribute to better support for seniors and provide a foundation for future investment in the program.

To view the legislation please click here .

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