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Bring some ‘spice’ into your life with the MWCN

On January 11th, the Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN) launched its “Spice of Life Club,” which will take place every second Thursday at the Ormstown Legion. Events will include a hot lunch, dessert, and coffee, accompanied by musical performances and the chance to socialize with other folks from the community.

Kim Wilson of the MWCN says the first event featured Canadian singer-songwriter Rob Lutes, adding, “Participants were treated to great singing and storytelling and, more importantly, the history behind the music.” 35 people took part.

Upcoming events could include “chocolate making, ceramics, yoga meditation, karaoke, and [we] are open to any suggestions of interest from participants.”

Breaking isolation

The planning for this started with the closure of the café in the Ormstown mall. Wilson says, “The community – especially seniors – did not have a space to gather and share a coffee and socialize.” The MWCN met with the mayor of Ormstown, and then applied for a grant, reaching out to local partners such as the town of Ormstown, the Ormstown Legion, Une Affaire de Famille, and the Village Church.

 

Participants in the first installment of the MWCNs Spice of Life series of events were treated to a hot soup and a great concert on January 11th PHOTO MWCN

 

“We know that some seniors may feel isolated with the losses they have experienced throughout the pandemic,” she says, adding that the club can bring a sense of social participation and inclusion to help people regain a feeling of purpose and belonging. “We hope that the Spice of Life Club becomes a name and space known for its ability to bring seniors and partners together to socialize, learn, and share who they are – while at the same time having fun!”

Wilson says that anyone can join at any time; they can email her at kim@mwcn.ca for more information. The next lunch will take place on January 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; however, the Ormstown Legion is still open for Ormstown residents every Thursday during those hours.

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