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.
  • The Pandemic Pivot

    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. 

  • Phased in Reopening

    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 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.
  • Employee 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

  • 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
  • Program 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

Governance Structure
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 Skinner

    Board Chair
  • Judy Robinson

    Secretary
  • Ray Gilbert

    Director
  • Naeem Karodia

    Director
  • Mindy Lu

    Director
  • Lorena Smith

    Director
  • Lupita Loria

    Director
  • Board Chair

    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

    Mindy Lu

    Mindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, in which she majored in Honours Life Sciences and also obtained a minor in Psychology and a concurrent certificate in Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication. She is currently completing her Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto and dedicates much of her time to conducting research to support vulnerable communities, including older adults. She has three years of experience as an optometrist assistant and extensive volunteer experience in healthcare-related initiatives. She is also the Program Director at the Parsec Youth Network, where she runs a volunteer-based program aimed at mitigating educational inequities for hundreds of Canadian children. By serving on SLEC's board, she hopes to contribute to the implementation of safe and accessible services for older adults and their caretakers.
  • Director

    Lorena Smith

    Lorena recently retired from the City of Mississauga, Community Development Team overseeing the older adult portfolio. Her retirement brought an end to a wonderful 46-year career working with older adults/seniors in long-term care, community support, retirement home sectors and municipal government.

    Lorena is passionate about working with seniors and much focused on client-centred care and quality. Her quest for continuous quality improvement led her to join CARF International as an accreditation surveyor, a position she still holds.

    Prior to joining The City of Mississauga, Lorena was the Executive Director for Seniors Life Enhancement Centres, held senior positions in the retirement home industry, and worked 22 years for the Region of Halton, Services for Seniors Division, in various positions in Long Term Care and Community Support Services.

    She is known for her good sense of humour and is passionate about mentoring future leaders. Now in retirement, she is enjoying spending time more time with family and friends, golfing, cycling, tennis, pickleball, and walking her very active Cockapoo named Gus.

Reports & Statements

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
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens College

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 20, 2020, 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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