The Meridian Community Centre is a designated Active Living Centre, with many programs for residents 55+. For those who are not quite ready to return to in person programs, the Town of Pelham has a variety of virtual programs to stay active and social.

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Seniors Information & Active Living Fair

Save the Date!

The 2024 Seniors Information and Active Living Fair will be taking place on Tuesday, October 1st, 2024. More details to come!

 

Are you a local business or organization that supports Seniors within the community? Apply to have an information booth, demonstration or provide a presentation at the upcoming Seniors Information & Active Living Fair! Click here to submit an application.

 

Thank you to all who participated in the 2023 Seniors Information and Active Living Fair on Friday, October 20th, 2023. Please see below for a summary of event details:

9:00 - 1:00 PM           Seniors Tradeshow - Community Businesses and Booths 

9:00 – 10:00 AM         Presentation: Crime Stoppers Niagara – Brooklyn Mercer

10:00 – 11:00 AM       Presentation: Hospice Niagara - Joy Friesen

11:00 – 11:15 AM       Demonstration & Unveiling of the Library Book Locker system – Lincoln Pelham Public Library

11:15 – 12:15 PM        “From a Maze to Amazing – Understanding Ontario’s Personal Income Tax, Credits and Benefits” Presentation


12:15 – 12:30 PM        Live Exercise Demonstration – Seniors Community Programs-Niagara Region


12:30 PM                    Complimentary Lunch


The following list includes participating businesses and organizations that were featured in the tradeshow area of the event.

-        Town of Pelham

-        OACAO & Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

-        Pelham Seniors Advisory Committee

-        The Welland Museum

-        Canadian Hearing Services

-        Hospice Niagara

-        Pleasantview Funeral Home and Cemetery

-        Niagara Seniors at Home

-        Ministry of Transportation

-        HearCANADA

-        Niagara Region’s Seniors Community Programs

-        Cyber-Seniors

-        Lookout Ridge Retirement Community

-        Pelham Cares

-        Seniors on the Move

-        Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Centre

-        Crime Stoppers of Niagara

-        Seniors for Seniors Home Healthcare

-        HearAgain

-        Boggio Fonthill Pharmacy

-        Service Canada

-        Lifeline Canada

-        Stay at Home Nursing

-        Lincoln Pelham Public Library

-        Marlin Travel

-        Town of Pelham Fire Department

-        Big Brother Big Sisters of Niagara 

-        Ministry of Finance

 

The Seniors Information and Active Living Fair is hosted by the Town of Pelham in partner with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario with funding provided by the Government of Ontario.




Seminar and Social Series

 

May 2024 - Seniors Seminar and Social Series 

Senior Bike Safety | Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to adopt safe cycling for seniors while you explore cycling from a driver's perspective. Learn best practices for cycling from Dave Hunt, the founder of Bike Niagara, an organization dedicated to getting more people safely on bicycles. 
Light refreshments served.  

Advance registration is required. Click here to complete the registration form. 

 

Questions? Call Katie Kilbreath, Seniors & Community Services Programmer at 905-732-7871 or email kkilbreath@pelham.ca

 

 

Previous Seminars

April 2024 - Seniors Seminar and Social Series 

Pelham Cares | Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Pelham Cares continues to provide the community with various services for residents of Pelham in need. Learn about the organization's history, how services have grown and what the future holds. Participants will get a "behind the scenes" look from Pelham Cares Board of Directors President Greg Lewis at how the organization operates and helps many citizens in need. 

Help support by bringing a donation of one of the most needed items. Items in need include mayonnaise, oil, canned meats, jams, cleaners, and almond milk. 

Advance registration is required. Click here to complete the registration form. 

 

Niagara College Performance Therapy Health Fair | Friday, April 12, 2024 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Niagara College will be offering a Performance Therapy Health Fair in the lobby of the Meridian Community Centre! This event will help to provide more information on important health topics, discuss the benefits of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as provide take aways with additional information or resources. Refreshments and social to follow.

Free to attend, registration is not required for the health fair. 

 

April Seminar and Social Series

Niagara College Performance Therapy Health Fair | Tuesday April 4 | 12:30-2:30pm

Niagara College will be offering a Performance Therapy Health Fair in the lobby of the Meridian Community Centre! This event will help to provide more information on important health topics, discuss the benefits of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as provide take aways with additional information or resources. Refreshments and social to follow.

 

May Seminar and Social Series

Free Yoga Class | Tuesday May 30 | 12:30-1:30pm

This free Yoga Nidra Class will finish off the programming for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. This drop-in class is available to participants of all levels and will have an importance on the taking action towards mental health. Yoga Nidra is a gentle yoga class that focuses on profound physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring a yoga mat. The class will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre. No registration required. Refreshments and a social will follow.

 

June Seminar and Social Series

Niagara Christian Gleaners Presentation | Wednesday June 7 | 1:30-3:00pm

The Niagara Christian Gleaners are a non-for-profit volunteer led organization that uses surplus produce received from local growers to help feed the hungry across the world. This presentation will focus on the amazing work the Gleaners achieve, with a focus on the importance of their volunteers! This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include snacks and refreshments.

 

July Seminar and Social Series

Community Support Services of Niagara Presentation (CSSN) | Wednesday, July 19th | 1:30-3:30pm 

Community Support Services of Niagara is a volunteer based not-for-profit agency providing comprehensive client-driven community support services to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently in their own homes. CSSN staff feel that their daily work is meaningful, impacts those in the community and allows their clients to live their lives to the fullest. Join Cherie Dellagatta to talk about the variety of services and supports that are available all over the Niagara Region. This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include snacks and refreshments.

August Seminar and Social Series

The Ontario Caregiver Organization | Thursday, August 24th | 1:30pm-3:30pm

Caregivers play an invaluable role in our healthcare system and communities, providing an estimated three quarters of care in Ontario. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 4 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. Join Katie Muirhead, Regional Lead from the Ontario Caregiver Organization to learn more about the impact on caregivers across Ontario, the history and evolution of the Ontario Caregiver Organization and the no cost programs and services that are offered to caregivers. This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include snacks and refreshments.


September Seminar and Social Series

Osteoporosis Canada | Tuesday, September 12th | 1:30pm-4:00pm

Osteoporosis Canada works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities on bone health and in the risk-education and treatment of Osteoporosis. As osteoporosis is a disease that slowly, quietly weakens bones and often goes undiagnosed - it is important to recognize its leading factors. Join us to learn about all things related to your important bone health, followed by a movement mechanics workshop! This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include a light snacks and refreshments.

 

1:30pm - Bone Health 101 with Ann Harrison

2:45pm - Light snacks with refreshments

3:15pm - Movement Mechanics Workshop with Anne Cooke

 

Join Anne Cooke, who is an instructor, trainer, presenter, business owner, fitness director and educator of senior fitness instructors,  after the seminar for an active movement session that reviews ways to sit, stand, walk and exercise with osteoporosis. Learn spine sparing movements when doing housework, gardening and other activities of daily living. Understand the importance of good posture, joint mobility and alignment as it affects bone health. Using some fun toys and tools like balls, sticks, cones and walking poles it will be an educational and fun workshop! Participate or spectate. Chairs are provided. All free and all welcome!

October Seminar and Social Series

Lincoln Pelham Public Library | Thursday, October 19th | 11:30am-1:00pm

The Lincoln Pelham Public Library will be coming in to share about their many services, supports, and programming that are available for the older adult community. Join Susan DiBattista, Director of Community Engagement, to learn about these services and celebrate Canadian Library Month! This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include snacks and refreshments.

 

Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series
November: Be Aware... Take Care: A Safety Guide for our Community | Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 | 1:00-3:00pm

Learn about the "Be Aware Take Care" initiative with the Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network. This seminar provides information, guidance, and resources on protecting yourself online and offline. 

This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include lunch and refreshments.

The funding to support the Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series is provided through the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Seniors Community Grant Program is a provincial grant that helps support community organizations' ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults.

 

November Seminar and Social Series

Eat Well for Life, Registered Dietitian Presentation | Thursday, November 16th, 2023 | 1:30-3:30pm

Join Christina Dupont, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and owner of Eat Well for Life - Registered Dietitian Services, to learn about all things healthy eating and proper nutrition. Christina has a background in working with a variety of medical condition managements, such as diabetes management, cardiovascular health and digestive health, as well as having extensive experience working with adults and older adults with various other medical conditions. Christina has a passion for teaching others and helping clients follow through with dietary change through focusing on meal planning. This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include healthy snacks and refreshments.
The funding to support the Seminar and Social Series project is provided through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program. It provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and in their communities. 

 

December Seminar and Social Series

Intergenerational Wreath-Making Workshop | Sunday December 3, 2023 | 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm & 4:00-6:00pm

Register to reserve your space in the festive wreath-making workshop led by Marian from Rice Road Greenhouses. Family and friends of all ages are welcome to attend! Have fun expressing your creativity with this interactive workshop. This will take place at the Meridian Community Centre. Coffee, refreshments and all wreath-making materials will be provided.
The funding to support the Seminar and Social Series project is provided through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program. It provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and in their communities. 

 

Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series

December: Cyber Safety & Security | Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 | 1:00-3:00pm

Learn how to stay safe online and protect your personal information through creating strong and unique passwords, social media safety, online shopping safety, malware and viruses, Wi-Fi Security, and how to identify and avoid suspicious inquiries via email, text, and calls. 

This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include lunch and refreshments.

The funding to support the Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series is provided through the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Seniors Community Grant Program is a provincial grant that helps support community organizations' ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults. 

 

January: Identity Scams | Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 | 1:00-3:00pm

Learn how to protect your confidential information while learning about identity theft, the common methods used to compromise a person's identity, the warning signs to be aware of, how to respond to identity theft, and resources for assistance. 

This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include lunch and refreshments. 

The funding to support the Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series is provided through the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Seniors Community Grant Program is a provincial grant that helps support community organizations' ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults. 

 

February: Telemarketing & Banking Scams | Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 | 1:00-3:00pm

Learn the tools to recognize and identify telemarketing and bank scams. Learn the common red flags to be aware of, how to verify unknown callers, how to report scams, and resources for assistance. 

This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include lunch and refreshments.

The funding to support the Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series is provided through the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Seniors Community Grant Program is a provincial grant that helps support community organizations' ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults.

 

March: Niagara Regional Police Services | Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 | 1:00-3:00pm

Niagara Regional Police Services will provide their expertise on how to identify frauds and scams, as well as what to do if you are a victim of a fraud or scam.

This event will take place in the Accursi Room of the Meridian Community Centre and will include lunch and refreshments.

The funding to support the Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series is provided through the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Seniors Community Grant Program is a provincial grant that helps support community organizations' ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults. 

Fraud Prevention Seminars

From December of 2023 until March of 2024 the Town of Pelham offered a monthly fraud prevention seminar series.  Topics including Cyber Safety & Security, identity scams, banking scams and tips of fraud prevention.

 

Fraud booklets are available at the Meridian Community Centre. A digital version with translations available can be viewed here. 

 

The funding to support the Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar Series is provided through the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Seniors Community Grant Program is a provincial grant that helps support community organizations' ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults. 

 

Additional resources for fraud prevention include:

 

Competition Bureau Canada

 

Canadian Anti-fraud Centre 

 

Pelham Seniors Advisory Committee Community Survey
The Pelham Seniors Advisory Committee is looking for feedback from the community! The information gathered from this survey will help to direct their focus and goals for the current term. Click here to complete the Pelham Seniors Advisory Committee Community Survey!
Art Your Service - Virtual Programs

We can make it easy to stay active and social from the comfort of your own home!

The Town of Pelham is helping to keep you active and social with daily virtual programs through Art Your Service! Virtual Programs include Pilates, painting, dance, yoga, Zumba, lectures, book talks, sewing projects, cooking, music lessons and more!

This programs is free to Pelham Residents! Register today to receive weekly program calendars and program recordings by email, which allow you to participate when best fits your schedule! To register, please contact Katie Kilbreath at 905-732-7871 or kkilbreath@pelham.ca, or register online here.

Community Bridge

Free | Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm | Meridian Community Centre | Kinsmen Room

Drop-in Community Bridge

This classic card game is perfect for players of all ages, and it's a great way to test your skills and strategy. Drop in to play bridge with others in the community. Understanding of the game is required for participation.

 

Active Opportunities

The Town of Pelham offers many active opportunities for Adults 55+. Available programs include: Recreational Pickleball, 55+ Aerobics with Conditioning, Yogalates, Chair Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Zumba Fitness ® Classes, FIT with Brock, Ballroom Dance, & More! Click here to visit the Adult Programming page for more information.

Listing of upcoming programs and events

Spin classes are available for those over age 16+, with some classes designated to those 55+. Click here to learn more about spin classes at the Meridian Community Centre!

 

Seasonal Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball memberships are available for those 55+! Click here to visit the Outdoor Court page to learn more!

Additional Programs

 Please view additional programs on the Adult Programs webpage

Listing of upcoming programs and events

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