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.
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.
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.
CARF surveyors were on site in January to resurvey the programs. A fourth three (3) year accreditation was awarded, with no recommendations, demonstrating our ongoing dedication to service excellence.
In March 2020 SLEC in person services were suspended and all services were provided virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April 2020 SLEC launched our Virtual Program Platform to support clients and caregivers throughout the course of the Pandemic.
From September 2020 to May 2021 SLEC distributed Activity Kits to isolated seniors in the community to help keep them active and engaged during the pandemic.
SLEC in person services resumed in the summer of 2021 with a limited capacity, under continued precautions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Reopening continues in a phased approach with input from local health officials.
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
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
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
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:
Seniors Life Enhancement Centres (SLEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. Our strategic priorities are:
SLEC is overseen by a 10-member community volunteer Board of Directors that is elected in accordance with its bylaws. Board members are selected based on their skills, expertise and desire to support the work of the organization. The Board provides leadership, sets the strategic direction and priorities for SLEC.
The Board is accountable to its clients, funders, the community and donors. It is accountable for appointing the Executive Director (ED) to achieve SLEC’s goals. The Board oversees SLEC’s strategic direction and the performance of the ED, who in turn is responsible for implementing the strategic direction and daily operations.
Current Board of Directors:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some programs we have hosted placements from include:
Current partnered schools or institutions include:
Support us through a variety of these inititatives:
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.