Letter to the members

Dear Syme members,

Well another month has passed and we are still isolating, washing our hands and social distancing.
Riddle: What animal should you never trust?
I went out for brunch the other day with some single friends who have been cooped up like me. We went mid-morning to a restaurant with a patio. It was quite wonderful. The restaurant had a roof over us, not umbrellas and there were trees between us and the road. It was so nice to get a little spiffed up. Sandra B. sent me an interesting email reminding me to use any gift cards that may be from companies that are closing. She included a list of some of those businesses. Although Alia n Tanjay is not on the list they are also closing all stores.
I am passing this information on to you as you may hold some of these gift cards:

Victoria’s Secret – 13 of the Canadian stores
Old Navy – Some of their stores in Canada closing
Banana Republic – Some of their stores in Canada closing
La Senza – 30 of their 100 stores in Canada closing
Sail – 6 of their stores (2 in ON) closing
Aldo Shoes – 40% of stores across Canada closing
Thyme Maternity – 54 stores closing
Nygard – All 169 stores closing
Moore’s Men’s Wear – Some of their stores closing
Le Chateau – All stores closing throughout 2020
Bootlegger – Some closing
Addition Elle – All 77 stores closing
Ricki’s – Some stores closing
Cleo – Some stores closing
The Gap – 130 stores closing
The Gap Kids – All stores
Children’s Place – 200 of their stores closing
Justice – All Canadian stores
Mendocino – 28 Stores across Canada closing
Bench 24 Canadian stores closing
Forever 21 – Any remaining stores
David’s Tea – 124 of 210 locations Canada-wide closing
GNC – All locations in Canada closing
People’s Jewellers – Some of their stores closing
Scholar’s Choice – 13 of 16 stores closing
Starbucks – many locations across Canada closing
Hallmark Cards – All locations closing
Bath & Body Works – 1 store, not sure where
Bed, Bath & Beyond – Any remaining stores open
Pier 1 – Any last remaining stores
Carleton Cards – All 76 stores closing
Things Engraved – All locations.

Although brick and mortar stores are closing many companies still sell their products online so check first if you do have a gift card.

On a happier note, Canadian Tire has donated 4000 face masks to Syme. Thank you very much Canadian Tire. Let us continue to support them by making purchases from them when we can. When we had our gala and were soliciting donations, Marks Work Warehouse, a Canadian Tire subsidiary, invited us to select what we wanted for our silent auction.

I am so disappointed as I saw my last on-line Stratford play the other day. It was ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. I also received notification that one of the British theatre groups was ending its free streaming. Thank goodness the San Diego Zoo and Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s animal web cams are still operating. I am still not good with jig saw puzzles though every now and then I try to do one.

Answer to the riddle: Cheetah

Did you ever imagine that we would watch hockey, baseball and basketball all on the same night? In real time, as they were being played? In the middle of summer? It was a great few days, albeit too short, as our dearly beloved Maple Leafs lost their series. However, I am fickle and will now switch my allegiance to the Canadiens, the Flames or the Canucks.

The food bank continues to operate. If you require any assistance or just want to chat, please telephone Syme at 416-766-0388. The phone is monitored daily and calls are returned.

Your Board continues to meet monthly via Zoom. Frances Nunziata, our Councillor, said in one of her emails that instructional classes offered by the City would begin in October. This is for recreation centres not senior’s centres.

This just in: The Ontario Corporations Act requires not-for-profits to hold an AGM within 15-months of the previous AGM or within 6-months of their fiscal year-end.  As of July 29, 2020, the Ontario Emergency Order ended so AGMs should be held within 90 days of this date. We are looking at options for holding our AGM and for reopening and looking at what is happening in other senior’s centres, retirement homes.

Stay safe, healthy and wash you hands. Remember: We will get through this.

Donna Tettmar, President,

Board of Directors, Syme 55+ Centre



Fall 2020 Zoom Class Schedule
These classes will run until December 18th.

Fit & Fun with Katrina @ 11:00 am


Line Dancing with Karen @ 10:00 am


Osteo Keep Fit with Julie @ 11:00 am


Flex N Stretch with Gabriela @ 10:00 am


Yoga with Sandra @ 10:00 am





Summer Update

Hello Fellow Syme Members,
My goodness, whoever thought we would continue to be in this state of lock down 4 months after it began. It is tough being isolated from friends and relatives.
I had an appointment at St. Josephs during the closure but had finally rescheduled it for mid-June. It was so exciting to be going somewhere other than a grocery store. I took 20 minutes to decide which earrings to wear. It was the first of many hot days so what to wear was no problem, but the earrings…what a dilemma! It reminded me of the joke about people having to decide what to wear to put out the garbage.
I had my hair cut in January prior to visiting my friend in Florida so everyone who saw me on Zoom exercise classes or meetings will know it was getting quite long, in fact it was below my nose. After hair salons had been open for a week I phoned my hairdresser. There was no answer on either the first or second day of phoning. Thinking the worst (maybe she had closed the business) I drove by to see if it was open. She greeted me at the door. I really hustled getting the car parked and getting inside so my hair could be cut before her appointment arrived. No longer am I running my hand through my hair to keep it out of my eyes or off of my neck. What a wonderful feeling.
I am feeling much better about the exercise classes. For quite a while after I started exercising at Syme I found myself huffing and puffing and sweating and breathing hard when I thought the class nearly over only to discover that a mere 15 minutes had passed. I am doing much better now. Now when I check my watch, in a state of near exhaustion, I discover that 30 minutes has passed. Classes are 1 hour.
Your Board continues to meet via Zoom, to look after the affairs of Syme 55+ Centre. Stratford has cancelled the rest of the season so our Spamalot theatre trip is cancelled.

Don’t forget to give Syme a phone call if you have an issue or concern or just want to chat. The number is 416-766-0388
Stay safe and practice hand washing, wearing a mask and social distancing.

Donna Tettmar,
Board of Directors, Syme 55+ Centre

Message From The President – May 2020

Hello Syme Members,
I hope you are all healthy and keeping well and interested.
I am having some trouble with the latter. The other day I tried to phone someone and after dialing the number, I discovered there was no dial tone. It took a while but suddenly I realized that, when I thought I was activating the call, I was actually deleting the number. Oh dear!
Thank goodness for computers, as I have read all my newer books. Now it is time to go to my library which only has stuff that was published in the 60s and 70s. I was bemoaning this to a friend who said that she was rummaging around in her closet and, lo and behold, she found a jigsaw puzzle. Now I have never done a jigsaw puzzle but I am up for a new experience. I was doing some food shopping at Giant Tiger and I picked up a puzzle. I figured that the 1500 piece would be too difficult and the 300 piece not challenging enough so I bought the 500 piece. I still am cat- sitting my friend’s cat and the downstairs cat has the run of the house. I spent all day getting the border down on the jigsaw puzzle, frequently thinking the picture on the box did not resemble this border I was completing, and then I realized that it was upside down. Anyway, the cats like to move things around so not wanting to lose any pieces I covered my handiwork with a towel. When I went to remove the covering many of the 500 pieces were stuck to the towel. So back to reading old books.
For those of you who have access to a computer there is a free jigsaw page at www. Thejigsawpuzzles.com. Naturally I tried. There were 50, 100, 150 and 200 piece puzzles. Of course, based on my experience and knowledge I tried the 100 piece. After 4 hours I had the border completed and was starting on the inside. I accidentally hit a button and the whole thing disappeared, never to be found. But I am not a quitter so I tried the 50 piece. It only took 30 minutes to complete. I felt quite satisfied.
Have you ever watched grass grow? I have not but I have watched the leaves on the maple tree outside my living room window take shape. When this situation began I believe they were only small specks on the end of the twig or branch. Then they became buds, after a while they started to become larger and now they are a cluster of greenery, soon they will be leaves.
Your Board of Directors is becoming more proficient attending meetings via Zoom, but we are not experts yet. We appear to still be a fairly clean cut bunch. We are extremely pleased to have Kelly, Cleriese and Julie still with us. Thank you Prime Minister and government. Staff has reached out to some of our instructors and will be offering limited exercise sessions via Zoom; meanwhile Julie is conducting an exercise class on Facebook which can be seen through our webpage or Facebook. I was able to view it and in fact tried the exercises. If I can find it, so can you.

Don’t forget to call Syme, 416-766-0388, if you need to hear a friendly voice or have a concern.
No one knows how long this will go on but we will meet again at our Syme55+ Centre.
Stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy.

Donna Tettmar, President, Board of Directors, Syme55+ Centre