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COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Whitby 55+ Recreation Services is dedicated to keeping older adults engaged! If you're 55 years of age or older, consider joining a rich and vibrant social community and explore the endless possibilities of keeping an active, healthy lifestyle.

Whether you're interested in instructional classes, leisure programs, support services, or volunteer opportunities, Whitby 55+ Recreation Services is sure to have something that's just right for you.


The Mayor’s Senior Volunteer Award

The Mayor’s Senior Volunteer Award is given annually to a senior (age 65 and over) who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to community involvement through volunteerism. The nominees are judged based on a selection of criteria that includes volunteering at multiple organizations, type of volunteer contribution and years of involvement.

Congratulations to the 2020 MSVA nominees:

Betty McCabe
Chris Pattison
Fred Haggerty
Grace Stanley
Graeme Turrell
Jim Lawrie
Paul Rolland
Margaret (Rita) Hadden
Vera Felgemacher

All nominees have shown great dedication and participation in our community, however there can only be one winner.

The 2020 Mayor’s Senior Volunteer Award winner is: Paul Rolland

Paul has been a tireless volunteer with the Whitby Caremongers since its inception at the start of COVID-19. He spends his time running errands for the group, putting up signs, delivering food and helping at food drives. He is also a long time volunteer at the Station Gallery and long time volunteer with the Town of Whitby, serving on the Downtown Whitby Development Steering Committee and helping at Town Events. Congratulations Paul!

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55+ Virtual Classes

Register for Whitby 55+ Recreation virtual classes by clicking here.

In addition, during this time of social isolation some of the Whitby 55+ Recreation Instructors are offering virtual classes. These classes are being offered independently so please contact the instructor directly with any questions or for further information. 

Fitness Classes With Cindy via Zoom

  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) - Monday 9 am or 11 am - 40 minutes

    HIIT involves quick, cardio and strength bursts followed by short recovery periods. We only use your body weight (squats, planks, lunges, push ups etc). This workout also includes warm up, cool down and stretch. Modifications offered for chair, floor or wall.

  •  CARDIO HIIT - Tuesday 8:30 am - 30 minutes

    Includes cardio movements from our HIIT classes as well as simple aerobic moves with range of motion for your muscles and joints. This cardio class will get your heart pumping and get you sparkling.

  •  STRETCH AND SCULPT - Tuesday 9:30 am - 40 minutes

    Lower impact and slower paced than the HIIT classes. Entails a full body workout using some resistance equipment that you have at home. Emphasis on proper body alignment to develop strength, endurance and stretching to improve flexibility. Also includes exercises to prevent falls. Suitable for those with Osteoporosis and Arthritis. Class includes light cardio, strength, balance training and stretching. Can do cardio segment seated or standing and some strength exercises are seated too. This class can benefit any level of fitness.

  •  WEIGHT TRAINING -Wednesday 9 am or 11 am - 40 minutes

    Get out your dumbbells, soup cans, water bottles etc. Components of this class include joint mobility, balance, strength and end with relaxation. Limited cardio is included.

  •  HIIT with WEIGHTS - Friday 9:30 am - 40 minutes

    Class is similar to regular HIIT but you can integrate dumbbells in the strength segment. This workout also includes a warm up, cool down and stretch. Modifications offered.

Modifications always offered for various levels of fitness. For further information and to register, contact Cindy at 2fullofenergy@gmail.com.

Classes With Nicole

  • Line Dance Beginners - learn some basic steps and simple routines to get you moving
  • Line Dance Intermediate - take what you learned in your beginner classes and learn more complex patterns. This class will be faster than the beginner level.
  • Line Dance Advanced - Looking for some interesting dance moves that will require some more work. This class explores longer, more complex routines with syncopated rhythms and new patterns. This can be a challenging class
  • Zumba Gold - a fun, low impact aerobics class to some enthralling music. Get your groove on and have some fun
  • Yoga - a gentle kripalu class for all bodies
  • Ballroom
Contact Nicole at nicole@mettadance.ca for further information and to register. Nicole is using Eventbrite for all her registrations. Eventbrite is a secure site with encrypted payment processing available.

Classes With Dawn

  • Monday Yoga Flow - 9:00 -10:00 am - NEW! starting on May 11 - Start your week with some breathing and balancing exercises along with stretch and strengthening postures. A great way to kick off the week.
  • Monday Latin DanceFit - 2:00 - 3:00 pm - NEW! starting on May 11 - This dance fitness class is based in latin music like salsa, merengue, chacha and throws in other great dance tunes for fun!  
  • Monday evening Ballroom - 7:00 - 7:55 pm - Basic Ballroom - NEW! starting on May 4 - Ideal for beginners looking to learn partner dance basics. Dances this semester: Waltz and another to be chosen from rumba, jive, merengue, bachata, foxtrot 8:05 - 9:00pm Beyond Beginner Ballroom. Ideal for couples with solid ballroom basics. Dances this semester: Chacha, Bachata
  • Tuesday Family DanceFit - 5:00 - 5:50 pm - This is a great multi-generational family-bonding fitness opportunity for anyone 6 years plus wanting to get their groove on to family friendly rhythms. Props: large scarf, soccer ball
  • Thursday Zumba®GOLD Party - 10:30 - 11:30 am - All the fun of Zumba® Fitness without the impact and complexity. Sometimes called exercise-in-disguise, Zumba® Fitness leverages interval-style training for quicker results. Designed for everyone: any age; gender; size; fitness level; no dance experience required. Low impact options are demonstrated in each class but feel free to pick it up! Ditch the workout. Join the Party! 
  • Friday Arthritis DanceFit -1:30 - 2:30 pm - Do you want to increase your range of motion, agility, balance and strength? This class improves your quality of life by decreasing pain, swelling and stiffness with partially-seated exercises. Props: hand weights, 10 inch diameter soft ball  
  • Daily meditation called Love.at.One that introduces mindfulness, mudras and mantras. This is led on a Skype Video call and can be reached at Dawn Dee on Skype. Email Dawn your Skype name if you wish to be added to the Love.at.one Skype group Call. This is a 5 minute program that runs Monday to Thursday each week.  
Contact Dawn at info@mindfulgroove.ca further information and to register. Donations are welcome by e-transfer.

Fitness Classes With Lisa via Zoom

Lisa is teaching virtual classes. The Zoom schedule, contact information and fees are available on her website as follows:

Yoga for Healthy Aging – Mondays at 1 pm (45 min)

Stretch and strengthen your body in poses specific for arthritis and other conditions. Chair options will be provided along with standing options using the chair or wall for support.


Office Break Yoga - Mondays at 3 pm, Tuesdays at 2 pm, Wednesdays at 12:30 pm (30 min)
Stretch and strengthen your body in this 30 minute class designed for you to practice in limited space with limited or no props.

Chair Yoga - Tuesdays at 1 pm (45 min)
Stretch and strengthen your body and enjoy the benefits of relaxation as you practice from a seated position or use the chair for support to try different yoga poses.

Yoga for Beginners - Wednesdays at 10 am (45 min)
Learn foundational yoga poses and verbal cues for adjusting your body while developing your own body awareness.

Yoga for Better Sleep - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (1 hour)
Enjoy gentle and restorative poses, as well as meditations and visualizations to allow your body and mind to settle in for a good night's rest.

Drawing Classes With Chrissie via Zoom

Chrissie is offering a Coloured Pencil Workshop on October 21. Limited spots are available. Contact Chrissie at chrissie_w@rogers.com to register.

The Town of Whitby is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any links does not imply endorsement by The Town of Whitby, nor can we be held responsible in any way for the content found on any third-party website.

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Whitby Seniors Connection Line

This program is intended to connect Whitby seniors with people who can offer information, support and friendly conversation during this time of physical distancing. To date, Town staff have placed more than 800 calls to Whitby Seniors Activity Centre members. Due to the success of the program, the hotline is now being expanded to all seniors within the community.

Residents can phone 905.668.1424 and leave their name and number to receive a call back.


Seniors' Centre Without Walls Program

"Connecting People With Phone Activities"

Join us for this free telephone program featuring a variety of interesting topics as well as friendly conversation for Whitby residents age 55+. Sponsored by a grant from Ontario Ministry of Seniors, this program operates in conjunction with the Whitby Public Library. It's so easy to join in - no special equipment required - just your telephone!

Simply phone in to the session by following these easy directions:

1. Dial 905.430.4900

2. Listen for the prompt and then press 9 6 9 6 1 6 #

3. You will then hear the moderator for the call

 

 

To see the SCWW flyer with topics, dates and times, please click here.

 

Tuesday, November 24 - 10:00 - 11:00 am -  "Speaking of Bones" presented by Osteoporosis Canada, and will cover areas such as what osteoporosis is and how to live well with osteoporosis.

 

Thursday, November 26 - 10:00 - 11:00 am - "Guided Meditation" presented by Whitby 55+ Recreation and will start with a deep breathing exercise, followed by body relaxation, and finish with guided mental imagery.  

 

**Upcoming topic: Calling All “War Brides Share your story – or your family member’s story - with our callers for Seniors’ Centre Without Walls. Please email seniors@whitby.ca if you are interested in participating in an informal chat on December 17 about the experiences of War Brides coming to Canada.

 

If you have an idea for a SCWW topic that would be of interest to callers, please email your suggestion to seniors@whitby.ca.

 

 What participants are saying about Seniors' Centre Without Walls:

"It has been great talking to people on Seniors' Centre Without  Walls. Being a blind senior with physical limitations, I really appreciate being able to listen and talk to other about interesting topics.Thank you so much for providing this opportunity during such a restricted time."

Sharon J., Whitby Resident


55+ Recreation Program Locations

55+ recreation programs and services are offered at two conveniently located facilities.

Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre
801 Brock Street South
Phone: 905.668.1424

Brooklin Community Centre and Library
8 Vipond Road
Phone: 905.655.2010

Whitby 55+ Recreation Services recognizes the value that older adults bring to projects, both large and small. If you're looking for a fun and rewarding experience, there are volunteer opportunities available that match your interests, skills, and schedule. Volunteer responsibilities range from support in marketing, customer service, kitchen support, fundraising, administration, event planning, and program assistance.


2020 Mayor's Senior Volunteer Award - Nominations Open Now

This annual award recognizes Whitby seniors who demonstrate outstanding and ongoing commitment to volunteerism in our community. To qualify, the nominee must be a current resident of Whitby, 55 years of age or older and volunteer their time in any aspect of the community. Nominees do not have to be members of the Town of Whitby 55+ Recreation Services to qualify. The nominations are judged based on volunteering at multiple organizations, the type of volunteer involvement and years of involvement.

Nominations close Friday, August 7, 2020.

To complete the online application, visit whitby.ca/msva

Award applications are available online-only this year.
If you require further information, please visit whitby.ca/seniors, or email Michelle Waterhouse at waterhousem@whitby.ca or leave a message at 905.668.1424.


Membership and Program Fees

55+ Recreation Fees

55+ Online Recreation Membership Form.


55+ Photo Contest - My Favourite Place in Whitby - Winners Announced!

 

In July, The Town of Whitby hosted its first ever virtual 55+ Photo Contest. The task was to take a photo of a favourite place in Whitby.

 

The entries were judged according to clarity of the photograph, relevance to the theme, originality and creativity.

 

We would like to congratulate all the entrants who submitted a photo for this contest, they were amazing. Here are the winners.

  1. “Pier of Reflection” - Uwe Jarchow. - $100.00 Visa Gift Card
  2. “Sunset at Whitby Harbour” - Suzanne Carabott - $50.00 Visa Gift Card
  3. “The Zone of Tranquility” - Jane Brown - $25.00 Visa Gift Card

 Pier Reflection

Sunset       Zone of Tranquility

 

 Click here for contest rules.