December 17, 2021
Our wish for you this season: hope.

We know this season may be difficult for many and with the resurgence of Covid and the arrival of Omicron, some of us may be feeling more anxious or isolated at this time of year.

We hope you will consider joining us for our ongoing December zooms as we share companionship and find some fun and pleasure during this sometimes challenging holiday season.

As our focus is on hope in the new year, we've put together a new blog post we hope you'll find comforting and helpful. You can read it here.
Covid Updates!

Omicron and Social Gatherings - 4 questions to ask before you go, from Global News

Indoor Ventilation Key is key to Covid safety, from the CBC

Here's another viewpoint from Macleans Magazine: What to do as we walk into a fifth wave

It looks like everyone above the ago of 18 is now able to book their booster starting next week!! Many local health authorities, pharmacies and doctor's offices are offering shots. You can also check out Vaccine Hunters for the location of a vaccination site near you.

Thanks to Partner of the Month, Supperworks for their support. Supperworks provides delicious meals for one or for families. Check out their Christmas specials! Note: Sign up with Supperworks and receive $25 off your first order.
Congratulations to Leslie F who won November's $50 gift certificate from Supperworks!
Thanks also to our December Member Appreciation Sponsor, Tryst Hair for their generous gift certificate for a haircut and style.

The draw for the gift certificate will be Wednesday December 29th at 6pm at our regular zoom. All members are eligible to win!
Annual Christmas Draw!
Last Week to Buy Tickets!

Barb Chapman has generously donated a painting for a draw to benefit Acclaim Health's new Dementia Centre.

Valued at around $300, it is a 12" x 12" oil on gallery canvas, wired and ready to hang with or without a frame.

It can be yours to win with a purchase of a draw ticket @ 1 for $20 or 3 for $45.

Please etransfer your ticket purchase to widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com or provide a cheque or cash to either Stephanie or Penny. Stephanie will send you your tickets.

All proceeds from the draw will go to Acclaim Health. The draw will be held Wednesday December 22nd.
Facebook is Back!
A new, improved, members only site has just launched!

You can find it here! This site is exclusively for you to share, connect and keep up to date with the latest news and info about the Widowed Friends community.

Just click on the link to request to join for access to the private group.

If you're wondering whether to join or not, why not attend the upcoming special Facebook and security session to learn the ins and outs of Facebook membership? See the events section below for more details!
It's Renewal Season!

Some of you recently received December renewal notices for your annual membership.

We hope you will consider renewing and join us as we move forward into the new year. The (2021 price) of $75 is for existing members and due no later than Dec 31st ** Others will receive their renewal notices in the new year as their membership month comes up for renewal.**
As part of the renewal process, we always look for ways to improve your experience. One way we can ensure an ongoing safe and secure environment for everyone is to update our policies so everyone understands their responsibilities and standards of membership that we hold for ourselves and members.

As a result we've made a few updates to our Terms of Membership agreement.
 
Here’s a summary of the updates:
 
  • Confidential information is the exclusive property of Widowed Friends Ltd. This includes all data, member information and intellectual property.
 
  • To ensure a safe environment, we require all members to be fully vaccinated with a Canadian approved Coronavirus/Covid-19 vaccination if they wish to attend in-person events. Those who are not fully vaccinated are welcome to join us on any virtual event. 
 
  • Membership in Widowed Friends Ltd can be suspended or canceled if members action or behaviour are in direct contravention to the Terms of Agreement. 
 
You can take a look at the full Terms of Membership Agreement on the website here.
These changes are effective as of December 15th 2021.
Happy New Year!
We're looking forward to lots of exciting new activities to come in the New Year!
Life After Loss Winter Series with Dr. Flavia Ceschin
Dr. Ceschin is returning monthly on the following Fridays, January 7, Feb 4, Mar 4 and April 1 at 10am to facilitate discussions on a variety of topics facing widows and widowers after the loss of a partner or spouse.

Dr Ceschin is a grief counsellor in practice in Oakville and Burlington. You can read more about her here.

Please note a $10 fee pp to attend per session.
Finding Possibility in Opportunity!
Starts Jan 10th @ 2:30 pm for 5 consecutive weeks - a special program for Widowed Friends Members. Registration closes soon, be sure to register before the end of December!

This 5 week program is led by Laurie Hunt.
Life is filled with uncertainty. The more adept you become at being comfortable in the discomfort of not knowing, the easier it will become for you to see options ... even when none are readily apparent.

This program will help you figure out what's next ...one step at a time. You'll learn a 5-step process to:

  • See where you have more or less control in your life  
  • Identify where you'd like to make changes
  • Create a list of engaging options 
  • Choose a compelling action 
  • Feel confident completing that action

The program includes online video modules with a workbook as well as five live group coaching sessions on zoom starting on January 10, 2022 at 2:30pm. Total cost is $75. Learn more about Laurie and the program here.
Intro to Meditation
Join us Tuesday Jan 11 at 2pm when Marguerite Oranes joins us for an hour long Intro to Meditation.

If you've been wondering if meditation is right for you, join us to learn more about the process and benefits.

Register on the Member Portal to join us!
Facebook Tutorial! Jan 11 at 6pm!
Are you worried about your safety and security on Facebook? Have you heard scary stories about people being scammed or taken advantage of while using Facebook?

Join us when Facebook expert, Tammy Hudgin joins us to talk about security and how to use Facebook safely and avoid problems.

Please register on the portal to attend this session
Next Meeting January 12th at 1pm
The Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1pm.

We've read some great books and are looking forward to January's selection of The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes and February's pick, The Gown by Jennifer Robson.

New members are always welcome! Check out our previous selections on the Member Portal or email us at info@widowedfriends.ca if you have any questions.
Lianne Harris Returns Friday January 14th at 3:30pm for The Titanic Era!
The turn of the century - 1901-1918

Sandwiched between the Victorian Age and the catastrophe of WW1, the Edwardian time was when women wore big hats, the men drove big cars, and the rich were not ashamed to live big. 

But things change--and fast!  Like the Titanic, this society is on a collision course and nothing will be the same again.

Please register on the portal to attend this session!
Sugar Junkie! Tuesday January 18th at 2pm
Suzanne Forster returns ( Ditch The DriveThru) for a presentation about how to find a safe, powerful and holistic approach to balancing sugar in your life and
kicking the sugar habit without giving up sweetness.

Please register on the portal to attend this session.
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Financial Q&A
Join us Jan 25th at 6pm for a financial checkup with Dana Mitchell from Basis Wealth.

Dana will join us to answer your financial questions. With the new year, tax season coming and uncertain markets, if you have questions, Dana has answers.

Email us at info@widowedfriends.ca with your financial questions you'd like answered and we'll submit to Dana. It can be about anything financial from bank accounts to RRSPs, RRIFS, stocks, mortgages etc. No judgement so feel free to ask any financial question on your mind!
Sneak Peak!!
Retreat for the weekend!

Get away for a weekend at a beautiful Ontario country retreat!

We are working out the details now, so watch for more information about an exclusive weekend at a lovely Ontario newly renovated country home just for Widowed Friends members!

Activities might include journaling, yoga, guided walks, mediation and of course good food and good friends!

More details to come......