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 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.
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.
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
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.
The second location expanded to five days of service each week to respond to the demand.
Introduced Super Saturdays and extended hours to better meet the needs of the clients and their caregivers.
Closed Saturday Program due to lack of participants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Collaboration with the Adult Day Services Committee SLEC was funded to lead a Virtual Adult Day Services Platform. The Virtual Rec Connect Pilot launched in June 2022.
Our Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities
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
Client and Caregiver Satisfaction- To provide a service that is client-centred and driven with a high level of satisfaction and to maintain client independence through health and recreational services.
Safety - To provide a service which is safe.
Employee Satisfaction - To have a high-performing staff team and general employee satisfaction.
Partnership and Collaboration - To work with partners to create a seamless healthcare system for our clients and their families.
Use of Funds and Compliance - To achieve the mandates set out by the Funder and provide quality service that makes effective and efficient use of funds.
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
- Executive Director
- Outreach and Development Coordinator
- Program Coordinator
- Administrative Assistant
- Activity Coordinator(s)
- Client Assistant(s)
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
- Servery Assistants
- Clerical Assistants
- Board Members
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
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:
Reports & Statements
Some programs we have hosted placements from include:
- Community Service
- Worker Social Service Worker Gerontology
- Activation Coordinator
- 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
- University of Toronto
- Queens College
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.