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Brrr!   We felt the full power of winter these past two weeks including some bone chilling temperatures. Hopefully our furry friends: Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam, Brandon Bob and Punxsutawney Phil awaken on Saturday morning with visions of an early spring. February, our shortest winter month is packed full of many special  events.  Sunday brings the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams vs. the New England Patriots, followed closely by Valentine's Day.  There is also a long weekend where we celebrate Family.  The Oscars have moved their celebrations back to the end of February.  If the frigid  weather continues, there are many movies to view over the next few weeks, cuddled under a blanket with a good cup of tea.
For some of our readers, this issue marks their first introduction to the events North York District 23 can offer in their retirement years.
 February provides a return to most of our familiar and favourite activities within the district. We hope you can join us, meet new friends and renew familiar acquaintances!

We would also like to remind our members that the deadline for submissions to the RTO-ERO Scholarship is
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by the end of the work day. Full details have been included in our last 3 E-Newsletters.

The next issue of STONY Bridges  will be published and mailed out in March, 2019. If you are concerned about our natural environment and would like to save a few trees, you are encouraged to sign up for the electronic version by completing an online form ( on our website – you can choose between single or double-page spreads. 

As always, please note that STONY provides full details for all District 23 events and the registration forms to participate.  If you do not have your current issue handy, it can be located online at our District 23 website  at:
Finally we wish to remind you to take a peek at our Facebook page:

We are trying to use several forms of media to communicate with our District 23 members.  Please see below for the information on our newest tool to reach out and get you involved: Twitter!

Enjoy the month of February as you prepare for the wintry temperatures that are forecasted.  

Photo courtesy of G. MacNeil


Weekly sessions are held on Tuesdays throughout the month.
All are asked to assemble by 12:45 p.m.

Bridge Dates:  February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019
New members to the Bridge group are always welcome as they learn to share a love for this amazing game.  For beginners or for those who have limited experience, basic instruction will be provided.   The weekly sessions meet at Willowdale United Church on Kenneth Avenue, just north of Church St. (south of Finch, 2 blocks east of Yonge.  A $3 subsidy is collected to help allay the costs of the Church Hall.

Please take some time in March and read Convener Alan Ward's Bridge Report in the upcoming Spring edition of STONY BridgesWhat a game!

North York Strollers

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New TTC Extension to Vaughan

Led by: Joanne Famiglietti

Walkers are asked to meet at the Wilson Subway Station at 10:00 a.m.  Bundle up to stay warm for the season's chills!  Use your Presto Card to explore the Stations' exteriors.
We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Have-a-Java is a monthly District 23 event that provides a cup of coffee/tea and a treat for all members who "just show up".  A $3 subsidy is provided for all members and a former colleague who may become a prospective member.  Members meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Bayview Village between 10:00 a.m. and noon.  Members are asked to meet Convener Margaret Schuman outside Pusateri's.  Members are also invited to walk around the mall to stretch their legs--and maybe do a little shopping?
Needlework and Craft Group
Thursday, February 21, 2019
9:30 a.m.

Convener Margaret Schuman reports that membership numbers remain steady and that the door is open to continue to embrace new members.
There are many exciting new projects in the coming months!  Projects developed by this amazing group of members, such as the Pillow Books pictured above, have been featured at District 23 events throughout the year.  Come and join this talented group of needlework and craft artisans.  Their finished craft, along with donated books for children, are all part of our Project to Serve Others this year in District 23.
This group meets on the third Thursday of most months from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Edithvale  C.C. More information about the group and their accomplishments are featured in the Spring issue of STONY Bridges. 

Photo courtesy of K. and G. Shorney

Retirement Planning Workshop

Do you have a family member, friend or former colleague planning to retire in the next 5 years?

Register for a retirement planning workshop designed for those in the education sector – early years, K-12, post-secondary and more.

Learn more about:
  • Planning for your financial future
  • Your pension
  • Health benefit needs in retirement
  • RTO/ERO benefit plans
  • Retirement insights from your peers

Workshops last for approximately 3 hours.

Register now for the sessions below!

Location: Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
90 Bloor St E
Toronto, ON
M4W 1A7

A.M. Session:  Saturday , February 23, 2019 @9:00 a.m. 

P.M.  Saturday, February 23, 2019  @1:00 p.m.  GTA

Book Club

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The District 23 Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Drive, North York.  A range of literary genres are explored each year and occasionally guest speakers are invited to participate.

Our February Book Selection is: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. 
When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him...

Please join us for an afternoon of discussion about this wonderful story. 
We are looking at suggestions for our next Project Service to Others. Contact Maureen Capotosto ~ with the name of a suggested organization and contact information.

District 23 North York Spring
Speaker’s Series

 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Nouchine Davarpanah,
Public Education Coordinator for The Alzheimer Society of Toronto

This is a follow-up (but independent)  session to the very well received presentation that we had from the Alzheimer Society last year.

Presentation Focus: Brain Health

Learning Objectives – To better understand the risk factors of dementia and improving and maintaining the health of the brain. Also learn about myths and facts of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Register by email with Gwen Scriven, by Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Space is limited by room size so register early.

Event Information:

Location: Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Drive, Toronto
Room Location: Dempsey Room – 1st Floor
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM (following Executive Meeting)
Registration: starts immediately 

We hope to see you there on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

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District 23 launched its Twitter account @RTO23_North York on December 13, 2018. We encourage all members to follow it, like its tweets and retweet them. Let’s target 500 followers by July 2019.! And if you are not on Twitter, do signup. Our Twitter account will keep you informed by:
  • Tweeting Breaking News and new content on our website
  • Retweeting curated content related to seniors’ matters, education and health issues
  • Providing notifications about Events, News, Articles, STONY, E-Newsletter, etc.
  • Attracting, informing and engaging members
  • Inviting feedback on specific issues requiring feedback from stakeholders and the public
  • Providing occasional live coverage of events
  • In short, Improving communications with our District 23 members
Please check us out!


Dear online members...
You will soon be invited to participate in a short online survey. The purpose of the survey is to get a better understanding about how satisfied you are with District 23 programs, activities, outings and the ways in which we communicate with  you.

The survey will help us determine which activities members want us to continue and which areas need improvement. This is an opportunity for you to share new ideas you would like the District to incorporate as part of events we offer our members.We value your opinions, preferences and your choices will be taken into consideration.
PS -Your responses will be kept confidential and will only be used in the planning that District 23 will be undertaking to improve their services in order to better serve the needs of all members.

More information will be included in the next edition of STONY Bridges and in future E-Newsletters.  We are anticipating that the survey may be sent out in April.  Stay tuned for updates.
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