Strategies for Staying Policy: policy on making Woodsworth accessible




Approved at the GMM on November 20, 2006

1. A maximum of nine (5%) of our units (including the original “accessible apartments”) will undergo major adaptations and/or architectural changes to improve their accessibility and safety.

2. If a need is demonstrated and if the project is structurally feasible, any unit (up to a total of 9) in the medium-rise may be altered.

3. The Co-op will spend a maximum of $5,000 per unit per major upgrading project (up to a total of 9). This maximum would be in addition to any grants or other contributions that might be available. The three original “accessible units” — namely apartments 306, 307, and 310 — will be exempt from this $5,000 guideline.

4. Alterations must be approved by the Board prior to the start of any construction. If a member wishes to apply for financial grants or subsidies from outside agencies or government programs, it is that member’s responsibility to provide the Board, or its designate, the required information and signatures in order to file or fulfill the application.

5. The accessible apartments 306, 307, and 310 will continue to be allocated to people with disabilities appropriate to those units.

6. Waiting lists will be maintained for members who want to relocate to an “enhanced unit” (apartments 315, 506, 521, and three apartments yet to be determined). When a vacancy occurs, the Membership Committee shall make every effort to allocate the vacant apartment to someone whose quality of life would be improved by the specific adaptations made to that unit. The Membership Committee, however, shall not be obliged to hold the unit for a qualified resident, if that would result in an unacceptably long uncompensated vacancy of no more than three months.

7. Expenditures on common areas accessibility upgrades will be referred to the Board or membership.

8. At the member’s written request, the Co-op will install minor safety and accessibility enhancements in any townhouse or medium-rise apartment. These minor assists or safety features shall include, but not be limited to, installation of bathroom safety grab bars, replacement of standard door handles with lever handles, installation of height adjustable shelving in bedroom closets.

9. All safety and accessibility changes to a unit are permanent changes to that unit. Members will not be expected to return the unit to its original condition when they move out, nor will the Co op agree to restore the unit to its previous state for subsequent residents.

Consolidated up to April 2010 and adopted September 30, 2010.

Festive Lunch, Wednesday January 9, 2019 and Souper Lunches

Following another communal soup lunch, these dates have been confirmed:

Tuesday December 11 (souper lunch)

Wednesday January 9 (Festive Lunch)

[other 2019 dates will be set shortly]

Most members will know that the Festive Lunch is the only time we require advance notice of attendance.  Those of you who would like to join us in January should prepare to come to the December Souper Lunch, where tickets for the Festive Lunch will be on sale.  Yet again we will sell tickets for $5.00.

We are able to keep at this price due to the many members who contribute food for this buffet.  If you have a special dish you would like to prepare for this meal, please send an email to, or tell Jocelyn Thompson or Marilyn Richards.

We continue to offer our regular Souper Lunch where a choice of Woodsworth-made soups, a selection of breads and dessert and a beverage are served, for the low cost of $2.00.  We have been able to keep this low rate thanks to donations from our soup makers, who receive a small honorarium, and through donations of bread and desserts from Loblaws at Queens Quay.  Unfortunately the new Manager at Loblaws has decided that the store can no longer support our program.  We have, however, been able to source bread from Cobbs, and members have offered to bring baked goods to supplement our dessert table.  If you would like to bring a dessert please let us know!

To assist in keeping clean-up to a minimum, we do ask that you bring your own mug for coffee or tea.

If at all possible, it also helps to let us know how many members might be coming – a brief email to would be great, or you can leave a message with either Ian or Marilyn Richards at 416-214-3833.

We look forward to seeing you at our next lunch.

S4S Holiday Party, Wednesday December 19, 2018

An update on the S4S holiday party In addition to a good time, come and enjoy lunch, wine, some puzzles and our annual “Once in a Lifetime” auction. All free!

By popular demand, Audrey West returns as auctioneer! Plan to bring an item. Anything and everything will be auctioned – except pets, plants and partners! The items are real; only the money is mock.
Where & When: The Penthouse on Wednesday, Dec 19, at 12:00.

Rules and Guidelines for a Mock Auction

Every participant brings an item to be auctioned. What kind of item? Anything you no longer need – a vase, a dish, a piece of jewelry, a gadget, a good book, a work of art, a CD or DVD, a tool or appliance, a clothing accessory, or even a batch of cookies.

Bring your item in a box or bag. Part of the fun in this game is in not knowing what items are still coming up for bidding.

The Accountant enters each participant’s name and gives everyone a “kitty” of play money.

To start the game, the Auctioneer picks up an item, unwraps it and asks for a bid. She proceeds in the usual manner to get increases in the bidding until there are no more, at which time the item is declared “Sold” and the Accountant deducts the amount from that buyer’s “kitty.” (At any time during the auction you can ask how much you have left in your “kitty.”) The Auctioneer then continues the auction.

The fun and suspense of the game is that although it’s not real money, you have only a definite amount to spend but you don’t know what kind of items are coming up to bid on, so you have to choose your strategy.

Afterwards, the winners can exchange items among themselves if they so desire.

Adapted from a submission by John Boyd

Sponsored by S4S

Creative Aging Circle

Discover your creative spark through music, art, drama, song, dance, creative writing, movement, expressive arts, poetry and more! Free arts-based workshops for seniors. Call Shawne Macdonald in our co-op or email

The Creative Aging Circle is a small non profit group of volunteer seniors in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. Established in 2014, it is funded by a Seniors Community Grant.

Started by Woodsworth’s S4S with community contacts from OWN.

Applying for an Accommodation for your Disability

S4S (Strategies for Staying) Committee has written a pamphlet on Woodsworth’s accommodation procedures.  It gives an overview of what you have to do to request an accommodation for your disability.

The pamphlet will be available in print in the 2nd floor photocopy room, in a plastic hanging sleeve near the door to the inner office.

It is also available online – click on Accessibility on the home page menu.

And for your convenience, here it is as well!

Seniors’ fitness programs in Woodsworth

Updated:  November 14, 2018

Free programs in the co-op! Exercise programs designed for seniors (60 and over) and people with disabilities led by a qualified trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the penthouse. Same times on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


3:00-3:45 pm – Falls Prevention program – balance and gentle exercises. This  program includes an evaluation of balance. Maximum number of members will be evaluated but others can participate.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Exercise. Chair and standing – More vigorous exercise.


3:00 -3:45 pm – Falls Prevention program – balance and gentle exercises. This  program includes an evaluation of balance. Maximum number of members will be evaluated but others can participate.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Exercise. Chair and standing – More vigorous exercise.

One and two pound weights are available. No special gear except a theraband or similar may be required. No special clothing, just comfortable clothes that you can move in. No floor exercises!

The S4S contact for this program is member Carol Pasten.