About Us

Seniors Life Enhancement Centres (SLEC) is an Adult Day Program offering high quality social, recreational and health services to our clients. This offers caregivers respite during the program hours, to attend to their needs, work or even rest.

Our History

  • An Idea Is Born
    Canon David Long, the Minister at St. Hilary’s, recognized the need for respite care as he witnessed the stress and frustrations of a neighbour struggling to cope with a husband who had Alzheimer’s Disease. At that time, there was very little support in the community of Mississauga for caregivers. A community coalition was established by members of St. Hilary’s Church and other community agencies. This coalition came to a consensus that there was a need in the community for a project designed to meet the needs of frail and cognitively impaired seniors who were “housebound” and lived within the City of Mississauga. Since St. Hilary’s provided a day program for children, Canon Long looked at the idea of providing a day program for seniors who are physically and/or memory impaired.
  • St. Hilary’s Day Centre
    St. Hilary’s Day Centre opened its doors two days a week in the lower level of Westminster United Church at 4094 Tomken Road. The day program offered social and recreational activities for seniors who were physically and/or mentally impaired, thus providing respite care for the caregivers.
  • Name Change
    The Centre changed its name to The Seniors Day Centre to avoid confusion with St. Hilary’s Church location. At this time due to increased demand for their services, The Seniors Day Centre began offering programs four days each week, necessitating an increase in staff. Caregiver support workshops were also initiated. The next few years were busy with plans of expansion.
  • Doors Open
    St. Hilary’s Day Centre opened its doors two days a week in the lower level of Westminster United Church at 4094 Tomken Road. The day program offered social and recreational activities for seniors who were physically and/or mentally impaired, thus providing respite care for the caregivers of such individuals
  • Second Location Opens
    In April 1998, a second facility opened at 2041 Cliff Road, in the Cliffway Plaza. Initially, the new Centre operated two days a week, but quickly expanded to three days in October, four days in February 1999. The initial location expanded to five days of service each week. With the opening of the second centre, The Seniors Day Centre re-incorporated and was re-named Seniors Life Enhancement Centres. In the summer of 1998, Seniors Life Enhancement Centres disassociated from St. Hilary’s Community Care Centres. The newest Centre located on Cliff Road focused on providing services for seniors with physical disabilities, while the original Centre focused on seniors with physically and/or memory impairments.
  • Expanded Hours Introduced
    The second location expanded to five days of service each week to respond to the demand.
  • Hours Expanded Again
    Introduced Super Saturdays and extended hours to better meet the needs of the clients and their caregivers.
  • Drop In Participants
    Closed Saturday Program due to lack of participants.
  • Tomken Location Closes
    The Tomken Road location closed and the services housed there moved to the Cliff Road site. New services were added including a spa service. Number of clients per day increased to 37 serving 170 clients per year.
  • Official Re-Opening
    April 9, 2009 the official reopening of the combined programs was held, “Good beginnings grow great things”. Seniors Life Enhancement chose CARF as their Accreditation Organization and began the process. Survey date is planned for January/February 2011.
  • Our First CARF Accredidation

    CARF surveyors were on site March 7 & 8, 2011. On April 6, 2011 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres was awarded a three year Accreditation, until March 31, 2014.

  • Additional Funding Awarded

    November 2012 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres received funding from the MH LHIN and the Caregiver First Strategy to offer extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and services two weekends per month. We additionally received funding to offer a community bathing program.

  • Hours & Service Expands Again!
    Extended hours opened for clients in January 2013. The bathing program began in February 2013 in partnership with Peel Senior Link. On October 1, 2013 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres relocated to 2030 Bristol Circle in Oakville, ON. The new facility provides programming to residents of Mississauga and Halton in a large, open space with floor to ceiling windows and open and inviting programming areas.
  • SLEC Moves Location

    Seniors Life Enhancement Centres moved the alternating Saturday and Sunday programs to every Saturday to meet with program trends for demand. CARF surveyors were on site February 3rd and 4th to resurvey the programs. A second three (3) year accreditation was awarded. April 24, 2014 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres celebrated the new facility by hosting a “New Location Celebration” inviting members of the public and other agencies to tour the new location.

  • Social Media Launch
    The organization launched their Twitter and Facebook accounts, using social media to promote activities and share information with the community, including a monthly blog feature.
  • Governance Re-Evaluation
    As part of its governanceevaluation, the Board determined that its charitable corporate “object” was outdated and pursued a path to reset it along with a new vision, core values and mission statement. After consulting with its staff first, the Board engaged in refining and finalizing these elements.
  • Another CARF accreditation!
    CARF surveyors were on site in February to resurvey the programs. A third three year accreditation was awarded, demonstrating our ongoing dedication to service excellence.
  • 25th Anniversary
    In February, SLEC celebrates their 25th year of service, kicking off the celebrations with a gala dinner and dance . Throughout the year clients completed 25 Good Deeds benefiting the community. SLEC participated in the Grand Parade, a national fundraising walk to raise funds for organizations who support seniors across Canada.

Our Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities

Our Mission
Providing caregiver respite by promoting and enriching the lives of adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges through health ans recreational services personalized to the needs of our clients and their families
Our Vision
Transforming lives through purposeful living.
Our Values

Our values guide us in our interactions with each other, clients, their families, and all other stakeholders: 
Believe: We inspire and enable people because we hold an “anything is possible” mindset
Love: We relate to each other through compassion, empathy and genuine caring
Excellence: We strive to create a dynamic, joyful, and positive environment with a focus on leading best practices, accountability and growth

Our Strategic Priorities
  1. Quality and Safety
  2. Expansion of Clients Services
  3. Partnership and Collaboration

Focus Streams

  • Clients and Caregivers - To provide a service that is client centred and driven with a high quality of satisfaction and to maintain client independance.
  • Safety - To provide a service which is safe.
  • Emloyee Conscious - To have a high performing staff team and general employee satisfaction.
  • Compliance - To achieve the mandates of service set out by the funder.
  • Use of Funds - To provide a high quality service that makes effectice use of funds.

Statement of
Client Rights

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  • Respectful and courteous treatment that respects privacy, dignity and autonomy

  • Input to and information about the Centres’ policies and your individual plan of service

  • Give feedback, express concerns or  complain without fear of reprisal

  • Help and encouragement while respecting and maintaining the highest degree of independence

  • Treatment that recognizes the ethnic, spiritual, linguistic, family, cultural, dietary and other preferences

  • Safe, clean, and welcoming environment

Our Team

The staff at Seniors Life Enhancement Centres consists of a supportive team of dedicated professionals who have specialized training and experience to respond with care to the unique needs of our clients and their caregivers

Organization Structure SLEC

  • Executive Director
  • Outreach and Development Coordinator
  • Finance Coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Activity Coordinator(s)
  • Client Assistant(s)
Organizational Chart

Our Volunteers

Everyday our dedicated team of volunteers contribute to the quality of life of our clients. Seniors Life Enhancement Centres enjoy the assistance of volunteers in a variety of positions including:

  • Program Assistants
  • Fundraising
  • Servery Assistants
  • Entertainers
  • Clerical Assistants
  • Board Members
  • Marketing

Our Board of Directors

Seniors Life Enhancement Centres (SLEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. Our strategic priorities are:

  • Quality and Safety
  • Expansion of Clients Services
  • Partnership and Collaboration

Seniors Life Enhancement Centres is governed by a 10 member community volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are selected based on their skills, expertise and passion for seniors. The Board provides leadership and sets the strategic direction and priorities for SLEC and these are implemented by a qualified team of professionals. The Board holds six board meetings, an AGM and two strategic plan refreshes through the year. Special board meetings may be called if and when necessary.

Current Board of Directors:

  • Rick Menassa

    Board Chair
  • Naeem Karodia

    Treasurer
  • Shalini Alleluia

    Secreatry
  • Brooke Stewart

    Director
  • Maria Skinner

    Director
  • Rookiya Sader

    Director
  • Jacqui Foster

    Director

    Board Member Biographies

    Rick Menassa - Board Chair

    Rick brings 27 years of business development experience working for global and Canadian technology companies in Canada and across Europe. He is the President and co-founder of a boutique home health care co. serving Halton, Peel and the GTA region. Make a Difference is an integral part of his DNA, Rick fundraised for several organizations including the Credit Valley and Oakville hospital foundations; also continues to participate in the annual Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart and the annual Alzheimer Society campaign. Rick gives back by serving as Co-Chair of the Health; Wellness forum of the Mississauga Board of Trade, in addition current church activities and past mission trip serving youth in Lebanon. Serving on SLEC’s board compliments Rick’s passion for serving and empowering seniors to age with the dignity and respect they deserve. 

    Brooke Stewart - Director

    Brooke Stewart has earned a law degree from both the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is currently an employment lawyer practicing in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to her legal education, she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University. Brooke has always had a passion for giving back to her community and has done so through various volunteer placements. She has experience volunteering with children, students, the homeless, as well as families experiencing domestic violence. Brooke’s passion for the elderly developed at a young age and she is excited to use her education and experience to contribute to the betterment of the Seniors Life Enhancement Centres.

    Maria Skinner - Director
    Maria is a Self–Starter, high achiever and adaptive leader, who approaches and handles situations methodically, diligently, with a can-do attitude, integrity and empathy towards others. Throughout her career, has demonstrated high reliability and competency. Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electromechanical Engineering, Quality Assurance Management Certificate and a Business Analyst certificate. She is a Project Management Professional, a Six Sigma Master Black, a Certified Scrum Master and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, with a high success rate of project completion. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish Maria has extensive volunteering experience and joined the Board in 2017 as a way to be able to put to work the skills gained from her 35 years in the corporate world for a cause that is very dear to her heart. Having seen how the Centre has changed her mother’s life and she wanted to help in some way so that other seniors can have the same experience.
    Rookiya Sader -Director
    Rookiya was born in South Africa, graduated from College with a Secretarial degree and later immigrated to Canada 46 years ago. She is married and raised 2 children and has the pleasure of enjoying her 2 grandchildren. She loves cooking, baking and practicing yoga. She enjoyed a career in magazine publishing for 29 years with Maclean Hunter Publishing and Rogers Publishing. She is a wedding/event planner. Has been a participant in fundraising for the Breast Cancer Walk, Heart & Stroke Walk and The Grand Parade. She is a Home Service Rep for Philips Lifeline and enjoys supporting seniors. She is at a place now in her life to give back to the community and what better place to be than with Seniors Life Enhancement Centres.
    Lynn Gwilliam - Director

    Lynn has had a seasoned career as a member of the health carecommunity. A graduate of the Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing and theUniversity of Ottawa, she was employed as a nurse educator in the school ofNursing in Hamilton at Mohawk College, before moving to work as a HomeSupport Supervisor at Spectrum (Mississauga). A long time resident of Oakvilleshe’s contributed to the communities of Mississauga and Oakville. She has served on the board of Residential Placement Advisory Committee (Mississauga) and Family Council of Extendicare (Georgetown) and Senior Life EnhancementCentres. She continues to volunteer through the Oakville Parks & Recreation to contribute to the Seniors Services program. Lynn has had personal experience with the Health Care System when her husband (age 62) received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

    Jacqui Foster - Director

    Jacqui has extensive experience as a former legal assistant, with over 20 years’ experience at prominent law firms in the USA. She rejoined the SLEC Board in 2018, after a four-year hiatus, during which time she volunteered on various healthcare-related committees as a Consumer Representative, including Oakville Health Links Steering Committee, and Provincial Lived Experience Advisory Committee (Behavioral Supports Ontario), while also caring for her mother, who attended the SLEC Adult Day Program for 10 years. Her experience as a small business owner includes the food industry, producing and distributing condiments in Florida; and as previous owner of a wholesale and retail floral supplies company in Kingston, Jamaica.

    • Board Chair

      Rick Menassa

      Rick brings 27 years of business development experience working for global and Canadian technology companies in Canada and across Europe. He is the President and co-founder of a boutique home health care company serving Halton, Peel and the GTA region. Make a Difference is an integral part of his DNA; Rick fundraised for several organizations including the Credit Valley and Oakville hospital foundations; also continues to participate in the annual Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart and the annual Alzheimer Society campaign. Rick gives back by serving as Co-Chair of the Health and Wellness forum of the Mississauga Board of Trade, in addition to current church activities and past mission trip serving youth in Lebanon. Serving on SLEC’s board complements Rick’s passion for serving and empowering seniors to age with the dignity and respect they deserve.

    • Treasurer

      Naeem Karodia

    • Secretary

      Shalini Alleluia

    • Director

      Brooke Stewart

      Brooke Stewart has earned a law degree from both the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is currently an employment lawyer practicing in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to her legal education, she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University. Brooke has always had a passion for giving back to her community and has done so through various volunteer placements. She has experience volunteering with children, students, the homeless, as well as families experiencing domestic violence. Brooke’s passion for the elderly developed at a young age and she is excited to use her education and experience to contribute to the betterment of the Seniors Life Enhancement Centres.

    • Director

      Maria Skinner

      Maria is a self–starter, high achiever and adaptive leader, who approaches and handles situations methodically, diligently, with a can-do attitude, integrity and empathy towards others.  Throughout her career, she has demonstrated high reliability and competency.  Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electromechanical Engineering, Quality Assurance Management Certificate and a Business Analyst certificate.  She is a Project Management Professional, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Certified Scrum Master and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, with a high success rate of project completion.  She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.  Maria has extensive volunteering experience and joined the Board in 2017 as a way to be able to put to work the skills gained from her 35 years in the corporate world for a cause that is very dear to her heart.  Having seen how the Centre has changed her mother’s life, she wanted to help in some way so that other seniors can have the same experience.

    • Director

      Rookiya Sader

      Rookiya was born in South Africa, graduated from College with a Secretarial degree and later immigrated to Canada 46 years ago. She is married and raised 2 children and has the pleasure of enjoying her 2 grandchildren. She loves cooking, baking and practicing yoga. She enjoyed a career in magazine publishing for 29 years with Maclean Hunter Publishing and Rogers Publishing. She is a wedding/event planner. Has been a participant in fundraising for the Breast Cancer Walk, Heart & Stroke Walk and The Grand Parade. She is a Home Service Rep for Philips Lifeline and enjoys supporting seniors. She is at a place now in her life to give back to the community and what better place to be than with Seniors Life Enhancement Centres.

    • Director

      Lynn Gwilliam

      Lynn has had a seasoned career as a member of the health care community. A graduate of the Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing and the University of Ottawa, she was employed as a nurse educator in the school of Nursing in Hamilton at Mohawk College, before moving to work as a Home Support Supervisor at Spectrum (Mississauga). A longtime resident of Oakville, she’s contributed to the communities of Mississauga and Oakville.  She has served on the board of Residential Placement Advisory Committee (Mississauga) and Family Council of Extendicare (Georgetown) and Seniors Life Enhancement Centres. She continues to volunteer through the Oakville Parks & Recreation to contribute to the Seniors Services program.  Lynn has had personal experience with the Health Care System when her husband (age 62) received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

    • Director

      Jacqui Foster - Director

      Jacqui has extensive experience as a former legal assistant, with over 20 years’ experience at prominent law firms in the USA. She rejoined the SLEC Board in 2018, after a four-year hiatus, during which time she volunteered on various healthcare-related committees as a Consumer Representative, including Oakville Health Links Steering Committee, and Provincial Lived Experience Advisory Committee (Behavioral Supports Ontario), while also caring for her mother, who attended the SLEC Adult Day Program for 10 years. Her experience as a small business owner includes the food industry, producing and distributing condiments in Florida; and as previous owner of a wholesale and retail floral supplies company in Kingston, Jamaica.


    Our Students

    Seniors Life Enhancement Centres accept Student placements from a variety of programs to help enrich the student learning experience. Students are accepted from affiliated, universities, colleges, high schools, and other learning institutions.

    Some programs we have hosted placements from include:

    • Community Service
    • Worker Social Service Worker Gerontology
    • Activation Coordinator
    • Gerontology
    • Family and Community Social Services Program
    • Registered Practical Nursing Personal
    • Support Workers
    • Registered Nurse
    • High School Co-op

    Current partnered schools or institutions include:

    • Ryerson University
    • University of Guelph Humber
    • Humber College
    • Sheridan College
    • George Brown College
    • Cawthra Park

    Fundraising Initiatives

    Support us through a variety of these inititatives:

    Canada Helps

    Donations

    Your support is valued and important to further our mission in providing a nurturing and stimulating setting for our clients. You can support Seniors Life Enhancement Centres with monetary donations or gifts in kind. Tax receipts may be issued upon request for tax deductible cash or cheque donations. Tax receipts will automatically be issued for online donations made through CanadaHelps.org

    Grand Parade

    The Grand Parade is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraising walk that celebrates and supports aging Canadians and their families across Canada.

    The money we raise with this initiative will support Seniors Life Enhancement Centres to continue providing valuable services in our community by helping the elderly and their families. SLEC will be enhancing our rate reduction program in order to serve clients who may not be able to attend the program due to financial hardship.

    In Memory of Our Friends Donations

    In lieu of flowers upon the passing of our SLEC friends, we welcome donations by family and friends. Please contact our Executive Director, Heidi Yerxa for more information.

    Testimonials

    “SLEC has changed my mom's life. Since she started going she feels more integrated with society and she feels appreciated!”
    “SLEC is the gold standard for Adult Day Service.”
    “The staff at SLEC have been very caring and patient and interested in creating the best experience for my mom.”
    “The Day Program is a life saver for me.” - The caregiver
    “[The client] used to be alone, lonely and depressed. Nowadays she is back to herself, a happy person.”
    “You offer a wonderful caring service for clients and caregivers.”
    “Because the Bathing Program is in a salon setting, my mother feels that she is accessing a personal spa service, which makes her comfortable and happy.”

    Accreditation
    Effective February 7, 2017, Seniors Life Enhancement Centres received the status of a CARF accredited service provider for the second time. CARF accredited programs and services have demonstrated that they substantially meet internationally recognized standards. CARF accreditation means that you, the consumer, can be confident that our organization has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of its services and programs, and its focus is on consumer satisfaction.  Please visit CARF Canada for more information on CARF and the accreditation process and consumer benefits.

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