Brief History

1991

 

Steering meetings occur between City of Mississauga Parks & Recreation Department, Mississauga Central Lions Club, Square One and a dedicated team of older adult community leaders, as a result of a two-year consultant study identifying the need for a centrally-located seniors’ recreation centre.
1992 Square One Older Adult Centre opened – October 2nd; operating principles included: the incorporation of volunteers; democratic leadership style by a small management committee; a centre planned to promote multicultural integration; a caring community-like entering someone’s home.
1993 1050 members; 20 programs, 5 days/week; 30 events a year
1994 First full-time staff hired; 2nd in 1996
1998 SOOAC becomes incorporated as a non-profit organization; receives Letters Patent from the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations
2001 Now in operation 7 days a week; weekday cafeteria operating with affordable menu; 50 weekly programs; 107 annual events/trips
2004 Major renovation of the auditorium completed thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tridel Dorsay and Centre members.
2005 Membership policy changed to lower the minimum age to 50.
2007 1400 members and over 130 volunteers who donated 28,000 hours of their time to the Centre
2008 – 2009 Another round of renovations; the Centre now has a redesigned administration office and Executive Director’s Office with upgraded storage, a new Program Room and Cozy Corner Café.
2009 Created a charity focused on seniors’ health and wellness – Square One Seniors Wellness Services; all sessions offered for free.
2011 The Centre’s annual budget exceeds $500,000; SOOAC’s first Executive Director, Sue Hesjedahl, departs.
2012 1700+ members; year-long celebration of our 20th year of enhancing lives!
2013 SOOAC enters into a new Strategic Planning process – adopts new Vision, Mission, organizational Values and Priorities, paving the way for future growth and innovation; a strong volunteer team of 211 supports our two sites.
 

2014

1814 members; grant funding increased to $209,709; successful Buy-a-Brick campaign raises needed renovation funds; launched new website and My Seniors Center relational software system. Closed Mississauga West site after 3+ years of operation.
2015 SOOAC members vote unanimously to amalgamate with Square One Seniors Wellness Services strengthening our ability to better serve older adults.

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