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Alzheimer: Meaningful Visits & Effective Communication

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The number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to more than double within a generation. As dementia progresses and responsive behaviours increase, visits become more challenging. If you are already visiting or plan to visit a memory impaired friend/loved one, you might be anxiously anticipating the visit. Even with a beloved family member, conversation can be trying as people are often at a loss for what to say or do. Visits, however, can provide wonderful opportunities for bonding, connection, and learning from one another. Effective communication techniques can help minimize stress and ensure more meaningful, enjoyable visits for you and your loved one. Class Size Max: 20


Class Size: Maximum 20
ALZHEIMERS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Monday, April 10th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Beverlee Bodnar
Instructor: Tara Seney
BIO NOTES:

Tara is a graduate from the U of Windsor, is the Public Education Manager and First Link Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society C-K where she has worked for 7 years.  Tara also has 15 years’ experience working within various retirement facilities throughout Chatham Kent  It is her aspiration to improve the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.


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Collecting Vintage Postcards

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Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? If you know where they went to school, where they married, where they lived, etc., old postcards may well provide illustrations of these places. Are you doing any research for local history? Postcards are valuable resources. In many cases, vintage postcards are the only image in existence. Do you have a special interest - art, sports, ships, trains, airplanes, flowers, animals, Hallowe'en? Collecting postcards relating to your interest can be a rewarding pastime. There is much to be learned from postcards. You will learn about the history of postcards, types, caring for them, local publishers, where to buy old postcards, proper storage, and valuation of postcards. Class Size Max: 20


Class Size: Maximum 20
VINTAGE POSTCARDS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
from: 10:30AM until 12:30PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Frank & Brenda Hoyles
BIO NOTES:

Frank & Brenda Hoyles are retired teachers. Both have an interest in vintage postcards and would like to share this with others.


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Gold & Fire: Restoring a Vintage Steam Fire Engine

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Dawson City, Yukon was the birthplace of the Canadian gold rush in 1897. The freshly-formed fire brigade then purchased a new Clapp & Jones horse-drawn steam fire engine. The rig has stayed in their possession for the 120 years since. The current Dawson Firefighters have honoured local restorer Stan Uher with the task of returning this magnificent piece to its former glory. This 8000-pound pumper will be in the final stages of assembly, showing off its extensive nickel plating, gold leaf gilding and graphics. See the inner workings of Stan's shop and learn about the intricacies and methods involved in the restoration of this "dinosaur" and other pre-war vehicles. Class Size Max: 25


Class Size: Maximum 25
GOLD & FIRE
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION: View on Map View on Map
Classic Coachworks
160 Marlborough St N, Blenheim, ON N0P 1A0

Class Date:
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Stan Uher
BIO NOTES:

Stan has been restoring vintage vehicles, as a full-time career, for 37 years. He specializes in pre-war classic cars, hearses, the Chatham-built Gray-Dort automobiles, and fire-fighting apparatus. His shop façade is a period Supertest gas station with 1920's "visible measure" gas pumps and signs.


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Herbs in Pots

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Growing your own herbs and small salad greens does not require a large, sunny backyard garden or raised beds. In fact, you can enjoy fresh herbs and greens year-round grown in your own indoor mini-garden. Really, it’s quite simple. Alice will discuss seeds and cuttings, what makes a good growing medium, how and when to fertilize, what pots work well, sources of light, water and some basic knowledge. Then with a bit of care and patience you can start harvesting. In the spring you graduate to outdoor pots and expand your choices. Your favourite recipes will taste even better! Class Size Max: 20


Class Size: Maximum 20
HERBS IN POTS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Beverlee Bodnar
Instructor: Alice Silcox
BIO NOTES:

Alice, a retired teacher, grew up in Windsor but most of her relatives lived on farms in SW Ontario. As a child, she learned to cook with mixtures of fresh herbs and spices. One of her earliest memories is of her mother asking her to go in the backyard and gather some spearmint to flavour fresh peas and new potatoes. Her Grandmother also taught her how to use simple combinations of herbs to enhance soups, stews and casseroles.


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Learn to Lawn Bowl

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This course will introduce participants to an outdoor sport that can be played by almost any person. It is both recreational and social. We will include discussions about equipment, characteristics of the pitch, game procedures, etiquette and the basic rules, including the order of play, skip’s signals, scoring and the procedure for bowl delivery. The second class will include on the pitch experience and a game with participants and instructors. Class Size: Min.8 - Max.20
 
#1: The Game            #2: On the Pitch

Class Size: Maximum 20
LEARN TO LAWN (C)
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Tilbury Lawn Bowling Club
18-22 Stewart St.

Class Dates:
Monday, May 29th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: John Fantin
BIO NOTES:

John, a retired business owner, continues to volunteer in assisting local organizations in providing quality of life for all citizens. He has been involved in lawn bowling for 16 years and maintains the bowling greens at the Tilbury Lawn Bowling Club. He serves on the Chatham-Kent Senior games and is president of the Tilbury L.B. Club.


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Lyme Disease 101: Small Tick – Big Problems

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Lyme disease is becoming more prevalent in SW Ont. with devastating effects on those who suffer from it. This course will inform you of what it is, the symptoms that manifest from the tick bite and ensuing infection. What you should know if you suspect you have Lyme disease, the difficulty of diagnosis and the challenges of living with this debilitating disease will be covered in this informative course. The politics of Lyme will also be covered including why most doctors will not treat it. She will touch on how to encourage better diagnostics and treatment of Lyme disease as well as precautions to take to prevent getting bitten and contracting this life-limiting condition. Class Size Max: 20


Class Size: Maximum 20
LYME DISEASE
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Monday, April 24th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Cheryl Abbate
BIO NOTES:

Cheryl is Co-Facilitator Of Sun County Lyme Awareness Support Group with a background in social and health services. Getting a tick bite at Point Pelee in 2007 resulted in a debilitating case of Lyme disease and led her with other like-minded Lyme sufferers to form her group. She lives within the new limitations of her condition and brings awareness and prevention to the forefront, providing meaningful information for others.


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Parrots in the Wild & our Homes: Toddlers Forever

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Let’s learn about the unique physical traits of parrots, some of the 350 different parrot species, their wild habitats and behaviours, old and new world parrots, conservation, pros and cons of domestic breeding, the purpose of our parrot club and why parrots in our homes behave in certain ways. After the break we’ll focus on parrots as companion animals. You’ll learn about which species adapts more easily to home life, differences between living with parrots as opposed to other pets, how to best care for them, which households might be suitable and how to train your parrot to live happily. We’ll also meet some of parrots, and if you wish, you may be able to hold one! Class Size Max: 20


Class Size: Maximum 20
PARROTS
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: Vickie Brundritt
BIO NOTES:

In 1994 Vickie’s family purchased a pearl-pied cockatiel chick named Kiwi who is still with them today. They’ve also shared their home with other parrots including a blue-headed pionus and a Congo African Grey parrot, which still live with them. Attending several parrot conf. she’s learned from many world renowned parrot behaviourists. For 7 years she was secretary of the Parrot Club of SW Ont. and then started The C-K Parrot Club in 2005.


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Tea: More than a Beverage

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Learn some of the history and its development into the international drink it is today. Look into the main kinds of tea and different flavours that come from the tea plant. Explore the lifestyle and culture that tea drinking cultivates: Live in the moment, patience with the steeping time, appreciate the aroma, be enchanted with the colours and yes, the taste and memories that are in every cup. Tea time is anytime and we will sample a few loose leaf favourites at the break time. Then, "Drink tea for the health of it". A short introduction to the world of herbal and wellness teas. Class Size Max: 20

Class Size: Maximum 20
TEA
Course Cost: $25.00 + HST(13% ) = $28.25

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Date:
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
from: 1:00PM until 3:00PM



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: Alan McIntyre
BIO NOTES:

Alan is a partner/owner of Tea Connection, Southwestern Ontario's quality loose leaf tea merchant. He’s a lifelong tea drinker and has conducted seven years of research as well as having over four years in the tea business.  Alan is a sought after public speaker who is passionate about life and all things tea.


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The Dawn Settlement’s Historical Roots

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Our visions of early settlers in Canada often feature white European settlers “conquering the untamed wilderness”. An examination of the people of the Dawn Settlement however, severely challenges this notion. Using stories of groups, families and individuals who defy our normal ideas of settlement patterns and travel trajectories of early pioneers, Marie will unfold the fascinating story of a community that challenges us to rethink the early Canadian identity, and to understand that “multiculturalism” and multi-racial identities are not modern phenomenon, but have been part of our Canadian heritage. Learn about immigration to Dawn from such astonishing places as South America and Haiti. This course will feature a bus ride to Dresden with pick-up points in 2 locations: Essex (8:30am) and the Chatham area (9:30am). You’ll start with a tour of one of Dresden’s historical churches, and will be followed by an afternoon tour of local sites. A lunch will be served by the local IODE Chapter, who are engaged in researching and preserving the local history of Dresden. Class Size Max: 20
 
SPECIAL NOTE: The afternoon portion of the tour will involve walking through a local cemetery.
 
This course is not included in the Buffet-Course Fee
 
1 Thursday           9:30am – 5:00pm           May 4
DEPARTURE TIME: Bus departs 9:30am sharp
LOCATION: Country View Golf Course, 25393 St Clair Rd, Dover Centre
 
COURSE FEE WAIVED (by the Community Fund for Canada's 150th)
 
TRIP FEE*: $43.00 - Includes Bus Transportation and Lunch
 
*REFUND POLICY: Must cancel by Monday, April 24th for full refund.

Class Size: Maximum 20
DAWN SETTLEMENT
FREE with Canterbury ElderCollege Membership. * NOT ELIGIBLE FOR "BUFFET FEE"

LOCATION: View on Map View on Map
Country View Golf Course
25393 St Clair Rd, Dover Centre

Class Date:
Thursday, May 4th, 2017
from: 9:30AM until 5:00PM SPECIAL NOTE: There will also be a pickup for this trip in Essex at 8:30am at the Essex Municipal Parking Lot behind the Dollar Tree Store (61 Talbot St. N.)



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Marie Carter
BIO NOTES:

Marie has been researching and sharing the history of the Dawn Settlement for the past 15 years.   She has written three local volumes on Dresden’s history and is a former Advisory Board member of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historical Site.  Currently she’s an active member of the Catherine McVean Chapter IODE History Committee and she is a lifelong resident of the former Dawn Settlement.  The former journalist currently works as the Migrant Workers Ministry Specialist where she works with modern day issues of migration & multiculturalism.


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War Airpower—Far More than Aces

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We’ll look at where flight was in mid-1914 and the uses for it should a conflict arise. Crucial to this discussion will be: the state of the “industry” and its ability to actually supply product to the armed forces; what types of product to prioritize; how to organize planes into the military, and how many resources to put into them. The Great War is often seen as static in approaches to the conflict, but aviation saw tremendous progress month by month. We’ll look at the importation of pilots from the British colonies and how the universities helped serve as a conduit. While the “aces” helped build pride in many lands, the regular missions were performed under terrible conditions with limited life expectancy. Lastly, the great companies that grew up were left with an industry that had limited uses after 1918. What happened to them is almost as interesting a story as their growth. Class Size Max: 20


Class Size: Maximum 20
WAR AIRPOWER
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Dates:
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Gary Wells
BIO NOTES:

Gary graduated from Economics & Political Science at the UofW. He grew up in North Ridge, a place to which he still feels connected. Gary has a love of history that he demonstrates through this course. He’s a member of the Western Front Assoc. which seeks to keep the memory of the Great War alive.


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Wastewater Treatment: After You Flush Where Does It Go?

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When you flush, do you ever wonder what happens then? Come to learn the exciting side of wastewater treatment. This course will cover topics such as: the myths on disposable wipes, how the wastewater goes from your drain to the treatment plant and how do we take municipal sewage and return it back to the lakes and streams ready for others to consume. You will also learn about the different stages of wastewater treatment. The environment is protected thanks to our local municipal wastewater treatment facilities and the skilled municipal staff who run them. Learn more about the history of wastewater treatment from early efforts to the highly sophisticated processes of today. The technical aspects of the operation will be discussed and a tour of the facility will be provided. The biological, chemistry and related science that is involved in each step will be discussed along with the reasons for their use. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the challenges as well as the solutions used in the treatment of municipal wastewater. Class Size Max: 12
 
SPECIAL NOTE: The 2nd session which involves a tour of the Chatham facility it is not handicap accessible.

Class Size: Maximum 12
WASTEWATER
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Chatham Water Treatment Plant
325 Grand Ave. E.

Class Dates:
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Dave Bjorkquist & Tim Sunderland
BIO NOTES:

Dave began his career as a Water Treatment Operator for the industrial sector in 1979.  In 1989 he moved into Municipal water treatment at the Wallaceburg Water Treatment Plant.  After amalgamation, Dave worked for the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission as an operator for both water and wastewater. T

Tim began his career as a Water & Wastewater Treatment Operator in 1983 holding various positions in the industry throughout the years and has worked in several different plants in Essex County. Tim joined Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission in Jan. 2011 as an Area Manager and in Oct. 2015 took over as the General Manager of CK PUC.


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