2019 Annual Barbecue and Raffle!

We had a wonderful annual barbecue and raffle. We had a great turn out of 158 people!! Our tenants, families and friends came to enjoy good food and great music. A special thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who made the evening go smoothly!


Floor Meetings 2019

TORONTO, February 21, 2019 – Floor meetings start next week! These provide tenants with timely information on various Bracondale issues. Our agenda is as follows:

  • Opening
  • Pest Control
  • HVAC
  • Riser Project
  • Building Security
  • Noise in the hallways
  • Ramp accessibility in streetcars
  • Scams
  • Health
  • Program Update
  • Closing Video

The dates for the meetings are:

1 & 2 & 3rd Floors: Wednesday, February 27th – 3:00 p.m.

4 & 5 Floors: Wednesday, March 6th – 3:00 p.m.

6 & 7th Floors: Wednesday, March 13th – 3:00 p.m

There is also a possibility of an evening meeting, Monday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. The evening meeting will happen if 10 people sign up.

Canada’s new food guide!

Our Holistic Wellness program prides ourself on one’s social, physical and mental wellbeing. The recent edition of the Canada Food Guide is one that clients should consider when creating a holistic lifestyle.


The new Canada Food Guide is simple and easy to follow. PC: Canada Food Guide

Others have argued that milk and meat have been completely ignored in this new guide. Ultimately, clients must decide what foods work best for their lifestyle. 

Here are some highlights of the new guide:

  • Be mindful of eating habits
  • Cook more often
  • Enjoy your food
  • Eat meals with others
  • Use food labels
  • Limit foods high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat
  • Be aware of food marketing

What are your thoughts on the new food guide? 

Granny Penny’s Great Adventure

This Thursday, we will be showing Granny Penny’s Great Adventure. It will be presented by the Smile Theatre. The play will be shown at 2:00 p.m. in the lower level. Please read the following synopsis of the play:

Penelope has decided to go on an odyssey. Despite her advanced age and the warnings of her friends and family, she sets out of a journey, to do the things she has been waiting all her entire life to do. What happens on her voyage of discovery is unlike anything she expected, and not only does she change her own life, but she changes the lives of everyone she meets along the way. “Granny Penny” may never have seemed like a woman who would start breaking rules, but once she is free, nothing will ever be the same again.

Granny Penny's Great Adventure

3 Reasons Why You Should Exercise


PC: Top 10 Medical Alert Systems

1. Exercise controls weight

Exercise helps you to maintain your weight. Any form of physical activity burns calories.

2. Reduce the risk of heart diseases through exercise

Through exercise, one can increase high-density lipoprotein or cholesterol that decreases unhealthy triglycerides. Other ailments can be managed through exercise such as cancer, stroke, depression, type 2 diabetes.

3. Exercise improves mood

Exercise stimulates the brain and releases chemicals in the brain that leaves you happier and relaxed. Having an overall increased self-esteem will improve your confidence.

This fall, why not partake in the many activities that we offer in partnership with Senior Adult Services (SAS)?

Adapted from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389



On September 13,  2018, we had our open house to showcase the new activities that will be hosting alongside Senior Adult Services (SAS).

In the past year, our government funders have informed us that they are reviewing the financial support that they provide to Bracondale. When providing activities or services, government funders request that recipients of funding form partnerships with other organizations. To maintain our funding, we realized that we would have to find a partner to jointly provide activities and services. Through a partnership, Bracondale will be able to increase participation levels and offer a wider range of activities for our senior community.

Unexpectedly in the summer, Seniors Adult Services in the Annex (SAS) approached Bracondale about moving their programs here. SAS received a termination notice from Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) in the Senator Croll building. After careful consideration, we decided that this partnership with SAS would be an exciting opportunity. We are now working together to provide exciting new activities at Bracondale starting on September 17th.

Our agreement with SAS means that all Bracondale residents can attend all of their activities for FREE except the Osteoporosis Fitness class which is $65.00 per 13- week session. Bracondale’s yoga class will be free for all residents and SAS members.

We hope that many of you will come out to participate in the activities that SAS is bringing to Bracondale.  The following is a list of SAS’s activities that Bracondale will host:

Tai Chi                    Latin Quarter Luncheon          People & Current Events

Gentle Fitness      ESL – Engl. /Spanish Conv.       Gentle Yoga

Art Instruction    Stretch and Relax                       Functional Fitness

Duplicate Bridge Dancercise                                    Zumba

Friday Seniors Club for Spanish speaking seniors

We will continue to provide your favourite activities such as afternoon teas, shopping service, day trips, computer classes, yoga and the fall prevention classes.

Information booklets, calendars and pamphlets with programming information can be picked up at the Front Desk.

All of these activities will:

  • Keep you physically active

  • Give you more activities to enjoy during the day

  • Provide you with opportunities to meet new friends

  • Offer new ways to have fun and learn new skills

  • Participate in a class that matches your physical ability

Classes started on Monday, September 17th. We welcome everyone to participate in the new classes. Once again, all activities with the exception of the Osteoporosis classes are free.

If you have any questions, please speak to us in the office.

All my best,

Susan DesLauriers

Executive Director



Toronto Challenge 2018

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the Toronto Challenge. In total, we had 27 walkers (29 registered walkers) on Sunday! After, we enjoyed some pizza and took some pictures. There is still time to donate! All funds raised go to the programs and activities we have at Bracondale. We look forward to next year’s challenge!

We want to thank Andrea Valentini and Doreen Vanini who solicited prizes for the raffle. With their help, we were able to get 25 prizes from local businesses. As a result, we raised $830.00 for our raffle!

In total, we collected over $7,757.00 dollars!

We also want to thank our top fundraiser, Aurora Milla who raised $610.00 dollars for The Toronto Challenge.

We look forward to raising even more money next year!