December 3, 2021
Kinder Together December!
Covid Update

Are you looking for a booster shot or shot for a child? Check out Vaccine Hunters!

Here's a Covid-19 Risk Calculator. Note this doesn't take into account Omicron but is an interesting tool to assess your risks for different activities.

Ontario is expanding eligibility for boosters to everyone over the age of 50. Global News Report is here. Booking begins Dec 13th.

Nova Scotia and other Maritime provinces considering boosters soon from CTV news
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Happiest Birthday Wishes For December

Dec 1st Les H
Dec 21st Vikki S
Dec 22nd Carolyn P
Dec 26th Joan S

If you haven't already, please send along your birthday (day and month only) so we can include you in our monthly greeting!!
Send Some Holiday Cheer to Canadian Armed Forces Members at Christmas
Did you know that you can write to Canadian Armed Forces members across the world and send them holiday greetings and thanks for their service?

There are lots of options if you'd like to send a message. Check out the Canadian Forces website here for ways to post a message on Facebook or to find addresses where you can send Christmas cards.
In Other News.....

Candy Cane Shortbread - Yum! Penny has added many great new recipes to the Member Portal! Check them out here!

Speaking of food...check out this article from Zoomer magazine: Winter Diet: The Key Ingredients to Boost Your Immunity and this one too from CNBC Foods that Weaken Your Mind's Sharpness and Focus.

If you're thinking of attending Laurie Hunt's 5 week January Finding Possibility in Opportunity workshops, please register soon. There are still a few spots available! Check out Laurie's recent blog post Five Ways to Navigate Uncertainty.

For many of us, the upcoming holiday season may bring challenges. Check out our latest blog "Those Dreaded Memory Dates and Holidays" for some thoughts on managing through the holiday season.

If you're looking for the Widowed Friends Facebook site it is temporarily "down." We are working to restore it and hope to have it back up and running shortly.

Food For Life - Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help this week! In just a couple of hours Widowed Friends volunteers packed over 390 bags of food for families and seniors. All the fresh vegetables and fruits packaged on Wednesday were out in community on Thursday, helping those who are struggling with food scarcity to put food on their tables. Thank you!

Leslie F created these lovely seasonal decorations for her front door. Thanks Leslie for sharing.

If you've been creating artwork, crafts, woodworking or anything else, we'd love to share with everyone. Pls send along your pictures to info@widowedfriends.ca

Karen Meleniclis from Willowmore Studios
provided a presentation this week about creating warm and comforting environments in our homes. If you'd like more info about Karen and her services, check out her website.

Karen will be returning in the new year with more information about designing comfort and light into our living environments.

Widowed Friends Annual Christmas Draw
A Beautiful Gift or Lovely Addition to Your Home
Art Classes with Barbara!
Start 2022 in a new and creative way! Barbara is teaching at two different studios in January and registration is open now!

The Oakville Art Society has a variety of classes for all levels of artists from beginner to advanced in person and via zoom. Check out Barb's classes and some of the other offerings here.

Klaidescope Art Studio is in Mississauga and has workshops available beginning in January. Check out Barb's course here.
Upcoming Events!!
Ditch The DriveThru! Dec 7th at 2pm NEW!!
Do you want to stress less about meals, save time and money on food and have better health?

Join us Tuesday December 7th at 2pm when Suzanne Forster joins us to discuss:

  • feeling overwhelmed or exhausted with the thought of preparing another meal?
  • regret throwing out food because it went bad before you used it?
  • wish you didn’t have to decide what to eat when you’re hungry?

With a little planning you can solve these issues! Join us as Suzanne brings us ways to plan meals that can significantly increase your nutrition and decrease your food waste, so that you’ll stress less, save time and money, and have better health.

Please RSVP on the portal!
Lianne Harris Returns with a
"Holiday Feast"
December 10th @3:30pm
Tis the season to prepare and eat all kinds of delicious food! Join Lianne as she looks at all the different types of food that represent the holidays.

Please RSVP on the Member Portal to attend this event.
Date Change!!
Getting Through The Holidays with Carole LaTour! Dec 16 at 6pm NEW!
Please note the date for this presentation has changed to Thursday Dec 16th at 6pm.

Since this session is so close to Christmas, Carole will be discussing how to manage through the holidays.

Be sure to register on the portal to attend this special session and watch for the next date in January!
Happy New Year! New Program in 2022!
Finding Possibility in Opportunity - starting Jan 11th @ 2:30 pm for 5 consecutive weeks - a special program for Widowed Friends Members.

This 5 week program is led by Laurie Hunt who spoke at a recent zoom about Overcoming Energy Drainers and will explore these topics:

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

Upon completion you'll feel more self-assured making choices and influencing change in your life. Even when circumstances feel uncertain and you have little control.

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.

Note: The cost of this session is $75 for 5 weeks ($15 per week - this is a reduced rate for Widowed Friends members) and is payable directly to Laurie Hunt here. There is limited capacity at this event, so please RSVP as soon as possible. You will receive a workbook and other materials that accompany the course upon registration. Following the first session future dates include: Jan 17th, 24th, 31st and Feb 7th.
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