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!


Toronto Challenge and Raffle

Greetings! The Toronto Challenge is underway. Join us on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 for our walkathon. You can register online. Please make sure that you indicate that you are apart of St. Matthew’s Bracondale House. Alternatively, you can pick up a registration or pledge form at the front-desk.

We are also excited to announce our raffle. There are so many prizes and we would like to thank our donors who generously provided us with gifts. You can buy tickets at the front-desk. In addition, we will be selling tickets at our annual barbeque on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. There are 25 prizes to be won! Some prizes include multiple vouchers.

Here is a list of participants and prizes:

  1. Acapella Menswear Boutique: Gift card worth $75.00 dollars 
  2. Angel Interiors: $25.00 dollars gift card
  3. Arlington Dental: Electronic Toothbrush
  4. Christie Pharmacy: Two ten dollars gift cards
  5. City Councillor Joe Mihevc: Lunch for two with Joe Mihevc
  6. Cocoa Latte: $20.00 dollars at Cocoa Latte
  7. Dave’s on St. Clair:  $40.00 dollars in gift cards
  8. De La Mer: $50.00 dollars gift card
  9. Ecoexistence: One eco-thermal glass
  10. Evergreen Natural Foods: $50.00 dollars gift card
  11. Ferro Bar Café: Two $25.00 dollars gift cards 
  12. Gerry’s Fast Foods: $30.00 dollars gift card
  13. Gypsy/Caravan Found Objects: $25.00 gift card
  14. Hairplay: Gift basket
  15. Krave Coffee: $25.00 dollars gift card
  16. Leah’s Bakery: Biscotti
  17. Macelleria Atlas: Gift basket worth $30.00
  18. Menchies: Four $5.00 gift cards
  19. Pain Perdu: One quiche
  20. Robert Ashley Hair Design: One $60.00 dollars gift card
  21. Sea Witch Fish & Chips: One $50.00 dollars gift card
  22. South St. Burger: Two $10.00 dollars gift cards
  23. The Rushton: Two $25.00 dollars gift cards
  24. The Stockyards: Three $20.00 dollars gift cards
  25.  Vintage Home Boutique: Two bookends, one lantern


Yoga Q&A with Betty Ann

Betty Ann McKenzie has taught our gentle chair yoga class for years. In the spring, we spoke about her class, her yoga philosophy, and what appropriate exercise can do for students of all ages. With our fall session starting up next Monday, I’m posting the interview here.

Q. What is yoga? What can your class do for me?

A. Hatha yoga is a meditative flow of postures harmonizing the energy of your body—it’s called chakra—so that energy is balanced between mind, breath, and body. In that way, yoga has a [multi]-pronged approach; it gives you physical as well as mental energy.
My class is designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

Below: Betty Ann demonstrates some common yoga poses, meant to strengthen the core and improve balance.

Q. Do you have any advice for beginners?

A. First—you do not need to know anything about yoga to come to class. It’s really one of the oldest, most gentle exercises around. You can safely do it for your whole life.

Also: Don’t do more than you can do. You will get more flexible.

Q. Can someone come if they have health concerns?

A. If you’re not sure you should ask your doctor, [but] we know that, for example, arthritis benefits from movement. And in this class there are people with hip replacements or knee replacements. But I should know about [any injuries] beforehand.

Q. What if you’re active already? What’s the benefit of a gentle yoga class?

A. [It will] help someone who’s already active to maintain their level of activity, but it [also] balances other activities. If you do a lot of walking, for example, coming to my yoga class will help make your muscles supple.

And it helps balance, coordination. You remember the old story: if you can pat your head and rub your tummy, that really works your brain, because the messages have to be sent to the right place. So your brain gets a workout in my class as well, because you have to really coordinate your movements.

Below: Betty Ann demonstrates three different chair adaptations of the “downward dog” pose, which stretches the arms, legs, and spine, strengthens your arms, shoulders and back, and can reduce back pain.

YOGA FALL SESSION: Starts Monday, October 2nd

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.