An afternoon with the Wynford Seniors Club at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
On November 6th I did a presentation to around 80 members of the wonderful Wynford Seniors’ Club.
The group was comprised of individuals from their early 60’s to some over the age of 100. Many of those in their 90’s and 100’s still live in their own homes, are independent and love activities. They commented on how keeping fit and having access to groups like the Wynford Senior’s Club was important to their well being as individuals. In fact, as I arrived the group were just finishing off their exercises.
The Wynford Senior’s Group meet at The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre the first and third Wednesday of each month. The club offers social, recreational and educational activities including cards, numerous games and bowling for over 55s.
Separately, the cultural centre itself hosts Japanese language classes for Adults, Chado (Tea Ceremony – Way of Tea), a Taiko Drumming Workshop, a Japanese Cooking Workshop, Bridge, Kendo, Judo and many other cultural events. For more information visit www.jccc.on.ca
I was invited to stay for a traditional Japanese lunch of noodles, vegetables, salad, and my favourite dessert mocha Manjū (饅頭?, まんじゅう)
“ Manjū (饅頭?, まんじゅう) is a popular traditional Japanese confection. There are many varieties of manjū, but most have an outside made from flour, rice powder and buckwheat and a filling of an (red bean paste), made from boiled azuki beans and sugar. They are boiled together again and kneaded. There are several varieties of bean paste used including koshian, tsubuan, and tsubushian.]”
As usual I enjoyed speaking to many of the members, finding out what happens in their community and explaining what Mosaic does and the events we host, as well as those services we provide at home to help people stay independent.
I have been to this centre on a number of occasions especially around the Japanese New Year – my brother who is married to a Japanese lady from Osaka used to live in Toronto. Our children spent many fun events there especially around the New Year!
And by the way, the Wynford Seniors Club and the JCCC itself is open to all-you do not have to be Japanese Canadian to join.