Seniors' Advisory Committee

Seniors Advisory Committee

The Seniors Advisory Committee is a newly formed Committee with a mandate to serve in an advisory capacity to Council and staff on matters that impact the quality of lives of older adults in the Municipality of Leamington. The Leamington Seniors Advisory Committee advises Council on a variety of subjects as they relate to the impact quality of lives of older adults in the Municipality of Leamington.

Leamington Seniors' Advisory Committee 2024 Schedule 

The Leamington Seniors' Advisory Committee offers the following opportunities for seniors to get out and connect with one another in a safe environment.


  • SECC Lend a Hand Program Information Session
    • Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Location: Leamington Half Century Club, 160 Talbot Street East, Leamington


  • Medication Session, Thomson Guardian Pharmacist 
    • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Location: Leamington Half Century Club, 160 Talbot Street East, Leamington


  • Emergency Preparedness Seminar, Leamington Fire Services  
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Location: Leamington Half Century Club, 160 Talbot Street East, Leamington


  • Fraud and Scams Seminar, Ontario Provincial Police
    • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Location: Leamington Half Century Club, 160 Talbot Street East, Leamington


  • Old Age Security and Canadian Pension Plan Seminar, Service Canada
    • Wednesday, September 11, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Location: Leamington Half Century Club, 160 Talbot Street East, Leamington


More information on upcoming events coming soon!


Have questions? Please contact Abbie Marchildon, Council and Committee Coordinator by email at or phone at 519-326-5761 ext. 1118

2023 Event Photos

Frauds and Scams Presentation

Friday, June 9, 2023

Thank you to Katherine Burt, Leamington O.P.P, for presenting Frauds and Scams at the Half Century Club, hosted by the Leamington Senior's Advisory Committee.


Advanced Care Planning Presentation

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Thank you to Linda Thiessen-Belch, Chair of the Seniors' Advisory Committee for presenting the Advanced Care Planning information session at Chartwell.

 Seniors event

The purpose of the Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to Council and staff on matters that impact the quality of lives of older adults in the Municipality of Leamington.

The objectives of the Committee shall be to:

1. Engage 

• consult with residents about issues affecting seniors;
• provide opportunities for seniors to engage with and help address local concerns;
• provide a forum for Leamington seniors to exchange information about current issues and emerging concerns;
• meet with representatives of older adults from different ethnic and cultural groups to discuss ways to meet the needs of older adults.

2. Educate

• improve awareness of services available to seniors in Leamington and area;
• form partnerships in the community to educate, inform and improve quality of life for seniors.

3. Partner

• form partnerships in the community to educate, inform and improve quality of life for seniors.

4. Plan

• identify barriers to access by seniors in municipal programs and make suggestions for improvement;
• develop and bring forward recommendations to Council on how to make Leamington a more age-friendly community, relating to matters within the Municipality’s jurisdiction (e.g. transportation, communications and civic participation);
• define what an “Age-Friendly Community” looks like in the local context; and
• develop and implement an Age Friendly Community Action plan.

Committee Composition

The membership of the Committee shall be comprised as follows:

• Four (4) Leamington residents/ratepayers;
• Maximum of two (2) community stakeholders/representatives from an organization that services seniors in the Municipality (e.g. a retirement/long term care facility, residential homes or senior’s apartment complexes);and
• 2 members of Council, as appointed by Council.


Seniors Advisory Committee Members

  • Christine Lehn
  • Karen Jones
  • Linda Thiessen-Belch
  • Martin Girash
  • Melissa Loeppgy
  • Nadia DiDomenico
  • Hilda MacDonald, Council Representative
  • Larry Verbeke, Council Representative


COVID-19, Cold and Flu Care Clinic

Erie Shores HealthCare – Vaccine Booking, Assessment and Eligibility 

519-326-2373 ext. 4263

Local Health Department site with information on vaccinations with the option to book an appointment online.

Local Health Resources
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit - Leamington

(519)326-5716 or 1(800)265-5822

The Winsor-Essex County Health Unit, in partnership with other agencies and health care providers, seeks to enable all Windsor and Essex County residents to be as healthy as possible by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

They provide an array of services and information specific to seniors such as falls and injury prevention, chronic disease self-management, and home safety assessments.

VON Windsor-Essex


VON Windsor-Essex continually looks for needs in the community and develops programs to meet these needs. VON collaborates with other community agencies to enhance the client experience and find efficiencies to lower healthcare costs. They focus on minimizing hospital visits and stays and keeping our community healthy.

Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community (WECCC)

(519)728-1435 x 208 or 1(855)728-1433

An organization of citizens, families, neighbours, service providers, business  and community leaders who believe in the power of community. WECC’s goals are to empower citizens to live their best life possible, to be connected, and to achieve their goals in life. There are a menu of services including one-on-one support, group education on the topic of loneliness – health effects and prevention strategies.

Telehealth Ontario

1(866)797-0000 or TTY 1(866)797-0007

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and assistance is available in more than 300 languages. They can connect you to a registered dietitian for food and healthy eating support, a primary care expert, or mental health and addictions counsellor.

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP)

(613)933-1375 or 1(800)267-7120

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) provides access to free dental services to seniors aged 65 and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have dental benefits either through private insurance or other government programs.

In order to qualify for OSDCP, a single senior must have an income of less than $22,000 per year, while a senior couple must have a combined annual income of less than $37,100. Dental services covered under this program include examinations/assessments, preventive services (e.g., cleanings), restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities, x-rays, oral surgery services to remove teeth or abnormal tissue, anesthesia, endodontic services (root canals) to treat infections and pain, periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases. Prosthodontic services, including dentures, are also covered to a certain extent under the OSDCP.

Ontario Assistive Devices Program

1(800)268-6021 or TTY 1(800)387-5559

Provides Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities with support, funding, and access to assisted devices that meet their needs. To qualify, you must be an Ontario resident, have a valid Ontario health card, and have a disability requiring the equipment or supplies for six months or longer.

Home and Community Care Support Services Erie St. Clair

(Formerly Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)


Coordinates health care services in the patient’s home or other community settings. Provides information and referrals to community health and social services in Windsor and Essex County, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia and Lambton County. Services Include nursing, personal care and home support, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, speech-language pathology, nutrition counselling/dietetics, and more.

 Health Organizations 

Canadian National Institution for the Blind (CNIB)

(519)253-1900 or 1(800)563-2642

Offers multiple programs and services to assist with the living, working, playing, learning, and technological supports offered to individuals with vision and hearing loss, or those with vision and hearing difficulties. A few of these programs and services include peer support groups, recreational programs, vision tests, braille and literacy education, and technology training programs.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

(416)489-7111 or 1(888)473-4636

Focused on improving the health of people in Canada by decreasing risk factors for heart disease and stroke and reducing the death rate from heart disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment (VCI). They work with volunteers and donors, researchers, people who have lived experience, healthcare professionals, governments and others to promote health, save lives, and enhance recovery.

Parkinson’s Canada

(416)227-9700 or 1(800)565-3000

Parkinson’s Canada is committed to raising the voice of people affected by Parkinson’s through advocacy efforts focused on improving care and collaborating and partnering to drive research innovation with the hope of finding new treatments and ultimately a cure.

Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada’s mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. They offer information and assistance with diabetes through a risk questionnaire, nutrition and fitness tips, and a variety of resources.

Epilepsy Canada

(647)755-1611 or 1(877)734-0873

Epilepsy Canada is a charity dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy that believes that research will lead to a cure. Their sole mandate is to raise monies in order to promote and fund patient-focused research.

Osteoporosis Canada


Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people affected by osteoporosis that works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities on bone health and in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. They provide medically accurate information to patients, health care professionals and the public. Services to individuals with osteoporosis and the public include free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs and referrals to self-help groups and community resources.

Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario

(416)488-8772 or 1(800)616-8816

Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario offers information about dementia and Alzheimer’s, help and support, research, and options to donate, fundraise, or volunteer.

Canadian Hearing Services

1(866)518-000 or TTY 1(877)215-9530

Canadian Hearing Services (CHS) is an industry-leading provider of services, products and education that empower the Deaf and hard of hearing to overcome barriers to participation. Seniors should have their hearing checked on a regular basis. The cost for a hearing test by an audiologist is $80 and if a hearing aid is purchased, that cost is deducted. Third party funding is also available for clients with a valid OHIP card and many coupons for money off can also be found in your local newspaper and at

Speak Up Ontario

1(800)349-3111 x231

Speak Up Ontario’s long-term goal is to raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning and to equip individuals and families with the tools they need to effectively engage in the process. They offer resources such as advance care planning, conversation guides, and planning workbooks. 
 Transportation Services

South Essex Community Council – Transportation Services

SECC is part of a collaborative of agencies providing transportation services across Windsor-Essex County, providing affordable and accessible door-to-door transportation to Windsor and across Essex County for appointments, socializing, errands, shopping, volunteering or visiting family and friends.

Local service throughout Leamington, Kingsville and Wheatley is available Monday to Friday. Service to Windsor and other parts of Essex County is available on select days. Trips must be scheduled in advance. User fees apply and vary by destination. Select holiday and after-hours service is available upon request and at additional cost. There is no charge for self-supplied medically required attendant/escort.

CareLink Health Transit


CareLink Health Transit provides accessible transportation services throughout Windsor and Essex County for those 55+ and those with disabilities for a fee based on area of residency and destination.

Leamington Transit

LTW Transit (Leamington to Windsor Transit)


LTW Transit is an intercommunity transit system from Leamington to Windsor with stops in Kingsville and Essex. LTW Transit has been developed to deliver safe and reliable public transportation while strengthening ties between communities, and providing better access to employment, education, healthcare and social services.

 At-Home Support

South Essex Community Council – Community Services

SECC’s Community Services are a collection of programs and services that help seniors and persons with disabilities remain independent in their own homes and fully participate in their community.

Senior Homecare by Angels


Senior Homecare by Angels helps older adults in Leamington maintain their independence by providing personalized at-home care services. They specialize in providing personalized non-medical care for seniors so that they receive the care they need to assist them with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Care plans are tailored to fit the needs, preferences, and schedules of each individual client so that they stay safe and comfortable in their own home.

South Essex Community Council Meals on Wheels

Leamington (519)326-8629

Hot, nutritionally balanced meals are available Monday through Friday. Each meal consists of an appetizer (soup or juice), entrée and dessert. Most food allergies and sensitivities can be accommodated and texture modifications can be made upon request. Friendly volunteers deliver our meals providing a social contact and a check-in for those who live alone. Frozen meals are also available for bulk order and delivery. User fees apply. User fee may be covered by Veterans Affairs Canada for eligible clients.

South Essex Community Council Security Check and Friendly Visitation

Leamington (519)326-8629

Caring, trained volunteers provide telephone reassurance calls or in-home visits to determine individual well-being, promote social connectedness and report concerns for follow-up by SECC staff. Telephone reassurance calls are available up to seven days per week, either in the morning or afternoon. Visits can be scheduled on a day and time that is mutually convenient to the client and volunteer visitor. There is no cost for this service.

Retirement Living

Chartwell Leamington Retirement Residence


Chartwell offers a wide spectrum of seniors housing choices from independent retirement residences to assisted living services and long-term care. They offer personal support, which can include help with medications, activities of daily living or other customized services. They also offer a full range of retirement living activities reflecting our residents’ diverse backgrounds, including our fitness classes, community outings, and happy hour and pub nights featuring local entertainment.

Rosewood Senior Living – Erie Glen Retirement Residence


Rosewood Senior Living provides a variety of services, amenities, and health and wellness options for its residents. Their staff are trained to provide individualized programs and care for all needs.

Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence


Seacliff Manor is a senior living community in Leamington that provides residents with the comfort of knowing assistance is there should you need it. They offer options for independent supportive living, assisted living, and a memory care program; residents choose the level of support that suits their needs.

The Leamington Mennonite Home & Apartments


The Leamington Mennonite Home & Apartments provide physical, emotional ,and spiritual continuum of care for the elderly and others needing special support in a community setting. They provide resources for persons to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling retirement in addition to restorative and maintenance health care within the spirit of Christian love and compassion.

Long-Term Living

Sun Parlor Home


Sun Parlor Home offers resident-focused long-term care with an emphasis on life enrichment activities. They bring specialists and doctors to their residents and have special equipment for quick and convenient treatment.             

The Leamington Mennonite Home & Apartments


The Leamington Mennonite Home & Apartments provide physical, emotional ,and spiritual continuum of care for the elderly and others needing special support in a community setting. They provide resources for persons to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling retirement in addition to restorative and maintenance health care within the spirit of Christian love and compassion.

Franklin Gardens Long-Term Care Home


Franklin Gardens Long-Term Care Home offers 24-hour nursing and personal care, assistance with medication and activities of daily living, and recreation and social programs. Their amenities include a garden courtyard, lounge area, and activity room and they are located a short walk from the Leamington Marina.

 Senior Activities, Fitness & Recreation

Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre


The Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre is a multi-use facility providing Leamington and surrounding communities a variety of recreational opportunities all under one roof. The Centre is a place for people of all ages to gather for sports, fitness, meetings, and community events. Amenities include: Olympic-sized ice surface, 25 metre swimming pool, weight and cardio fitness training rooms, full gymnasium, indoor cycling studio, NHL-sized ice surface, indoor walking/jogging track, racquetball and squash courts, fitness studio, and meeting rooms.

Essex County Library

Leamington (226)946-1529 x220

There are 14 branches in the Essex County Library network offering free memberships and provide access to more than 195,501 resources like books, magazines, DVDs, and videos, computers and Wi-Fi access, online services like eBooks and audiobooks, and programs for all ages.

The Leamington & District Half Century Centre


The Leamington & District Half Century Centre is a multi-purpose, community-oriented non-profit centre aimed at keeping older adults active, well, and living independently. We provide social, recreational, and educational programs and activities for people aged 50 and older, and also opportunities for volunteering time and services.

South Essex Community Council Adult Day Program


This program is a supervised day service providing social, recreational and personal support to clients, and respite, information and referral services for their caregivers. Each client is assessed and an individualized care plan is developed. Meals and snacks are provided, and clients can access on-site nursing services through VON. Transportation to and from the program can also be coordinated. Online virtual programming is also available. User fees apply.

Program Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Life After Fifty


Life After Fifty is a membership-based active living centre for older adults whose mission is to enrich the lives of older adults by providing opportunities to be fit, well and social. Regular weekly programs fall under three core categories are health and wellness, skills development, and personal connections. 

Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA)


The OSGA 55+ Games are geared towards adults over the age of 55 and have been designed to attract amateur participants. They promote an active and healthy lifestyle and believe that regardless of your age, gender or ability, there is an event for everyone.

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls

A free interactive telephone-based group activity program that connects seniors and older adults 50+ and adults with physical disabilities who find it difficult to leave their home. This program offers an inclusive, safe, inviting space to listen, learn, and be heard from the comfort of their own home.

Point Pelee National Park


Leamington Parks and Facilities


An interactive map showing Leamington’s beaches, parks, trails, sports fields, and municipal facilities. 

 Wellness and Nutrition


Promotes physical activity for all Canadians with resources to help those 65+ stay active so that they can be strong, mentally fit and independent. This is an interactive website with several tools and resources to encourage older adults to move more.

Canada’s Food Guide - Healthy Eating for Seniors

A place for seniors to learn why eating healthy is important and a key part of aging well. Includes tips on healthy eating habits, guides to healthy eating on a budget, and food safety for adults ages 60 and over.

Unlock Food Canada

Telehealth Ontario 1(866)797-0000

This site provides information on nutrition, food, and healthy eating, as well as recipes, videos, and interactive healthy eating tools. You can also find out more about dietitians, how they can help you, and where to find dietitians in your area.


Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) Windsor-Essex Chapter 7

(226)280-7745 - Larry Duffield, President

CARP is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians and promotes equitable access to health care, financial security, and freedom from ageism. They are backed by more than 320,000 members, and advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism.

Veterans Affairs Canada

Targeted services and benefits to improve the well-being of current or former members of the CAF or RCMP, or a family member. Includes information and resources for mental and physical health, education and jobs, families and caregivers, financial programs and services, housing and home life, and remembrance.

 Educational Opportunities and Newsletters

Council on Aging Windsor-Essex County


Working with seniors in the community to educate and inform the public about issues concerning the aging population and how to create programs best suited to enhance senior living. The COA offers a wide range of services, events, information, and referrals.

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

A database of evidence-based information for trustworthy information about health and social aspects of aging. Users can browse the website, search for specific content, or register to receive full access to professional content.

Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

A charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing care and quality of life for older adults. The RIA strives to use innovation to tackle the biggest issues facing an aging population and their websites provides information on resources, research, programs, news, and events.

Canterbury ElderCollege


A not-for-profit organization dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning by offering courses that are useful, sociable and entertaining for older adults who wish to enrich their lifestyle through active involvement. With no homework, no exams, no pressure we encourage lifelong learning to enrich a long life!


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Phone: 519-326-5761
Fax: 519-326-2481
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