Living Well Expo


Are you or someone you know, looking to live a healthy active life over 55?

Join us at the Living Well Expo on Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda (FREE parking in city hall parking garage)

At this free event, you will find:

  • More than 50 exhibitors with information about programs, activities and services that support healthy, active living for aging adults;
  • Demonstrations and speakers, including the presentation of the Kitchener Senior of the Year Award (11 a.m. in council chambers);
  • Free refreshments and parking;
  • Free tote bag for the first 300 attendees.

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Hosted by the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS), this event is geared to adults age 55+, family members, informal caregivers and other service providers.

Speakers & Activity Demonstrations

Pre-registration is not required.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Eating Well for Less (Conestoga Room main floor)

With rising costs at grocery stores, affording to eat healthy can be challenging. Join Amy as she offers tips and tricks to make eating healthy simple and delicious while staying on budget. Life can be complicated, healthy eating shouldn't be! Presented by: Amy Sonnenberg, Registered Holistic Nutritionist- Designed for You Nutrition Elmira


11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Kitchener Senior of the Year Award Presentation (Council Chambers 2nd floor)

Join Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and local dignitaries for the announcement and presentation of Kitchener's Senior of the Year Award recipient. Nominees include: 

  • Esselyne Bell
  • Wanda Cakebread
  • Wayne Ernst
  • Carol Johnston
  • Heike Sixtus

The Kitchener Age-Friendly Advisory Committee will also be recognized for their recent provincial Age-Friendly Community Recognition award.


12 - 12:30 p.m.

Rockway Entertainers - Mixed Senior Chorus (Rotunda main floor)

Take a break in the Rotunda and listen to the beautiful music of the Rockway Entertainers Mixed Senior Chorus.  This energetic group will have to singing along to familiar favourites!


12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Grand River Transit – Keeping You Moving! (Conestoga Room main floor)

Learn about Grand River Transit (GRT) programs, services and upcoming changes to the system. GRT and ION staff will be present with updates to help keep you moving around the Region.

Presented by: Ruth Lavender and David Steffler, Regional Grand River Transit staff


1:30 – 2 p.m.

Normal Aging Versus Dementia - Solutions To Help Brains Stay Healthy (Conestoga Room main floor)

 Almost 40 per cent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss. Age-associated memory impairment and dementia can be told apart in a number of ways. Learn about cognitive decline and how it can be managed using simple techniques in the comfort of your home. This fun and interactive presentation will include brain     games for you to try!

Presented by: Matt Vijayan, Home Care Assistance of Waterloo & Wellington


Activity Demonstrations

Time Activity Location
10 - 10:45 a.m. Polercise Rotunda
10-11 a.m. Watercolours & Pen and Ink Rockway Centre Table (2nd Floor)
10-11:30 a.m. Complimentary 15 min. Hand Reflexology Treatments* Heritage Room (main floor)
10:45-11:15 a.m. Pickleball Rotunda
12:45-1:15 p.m. Stability Ball Rotunda
1-2 p.m. Complimentary 15 min. Hand Reflexology Treatments* Heritage Room (main floor)
1:15-1:45 p.m. Ballroom Dancing Rotunda

 * Complimentary 15 min. Hand Reflexology Treatments

A certified, registered reflexologist, Pat Arrsenault, will be offering complimentary 15-minute hand reflexology treatments in the Heritage Room from 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. In addition, you will be provided with take home literature so you may continue doing this treatment yourself in order to maintain overall general good health. Pat Arsenault, RRPr website:

Video Relay Service Workshop

While this workshop is not part of the Living Well Expo, it is happening the same day in Council Chambers from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. and may be of interest to older adults.

Video relay service, or VRS, is a service that enables people to have video conversations over the Internet. SRV Canada VRS is offered in Canada and is available in four languages, ASL/English and LSQ/French. It brings Deaf or Hard of Hearing people closer together with employers, friends, family, and service providers. With SRV Canada VRS, everyone can communicate simply and effectively. Whether it’s a grandmother connecting with her grandchild, a friend calling to catch up, or someone placing a call to learn about a new government service, SRV Canada VRS empowers all Canadians to connect and share in powerful ways.

Video Relay Service Workshop

Come and meet a Community Outreach Specialist and Customer Service Representatives who will provide a workshop and customer support.

Come to the workshop to:

  • Learn more about SRV Canada VRS and how it works
  • Ask questions, and get technical support
  • Share your feedback on SRV Canada VRS

Date and Time: Saturday, May 26 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Location: Kitchener City Hall

200 King Street West, Kitchener

Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

FREE event. To register go to

For more information on SRV Canada VRS, go to


List of Exhibitors

Community Organizations

Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More

Community Justice Initiatives

Canadian Council of the Blind Waterloo Region

Kitchener Public Library

Canadian Hearing Society

Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region

SPECTRUM  - Waterloo Region's Rainbow Community Space

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN)



Grand River Transit (including Mobility Plus & ION)



Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club

Kitchener/Waterloo Woodworking & Craft Centre

Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club


Food Services

Thrive Life Food


Government Services

Canada Revenue Agency

Ontario Ministry of Finance


Health & Wellness

*The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

*Schlegel - UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)

Haven Wellness Centre Inc.

VOR Physiotherapy

Complete Foot Care



Hearing Clinics

*Arnold Hearing Centres

Hearing Life

Grand River Hearing and Tinnitus Centre


Home Support Services

Retire-At-Home Services

Seniors for Seniors


Memory Aid



Education & Learning

*The Waterloo Region Record

Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning



Merit Travel


Financial Services

*Funeral Plans Canada

BDO Canada Limited

TD Bank


Service Clubs

*Kitchener Pioneer Lions Club



*Henry Walser Funeral Home

Kitchener Cemeteries

Erb and Good Family Funeral Home


Real Estate

Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty

Huron Creek Developments


Retirement Living

*The Winston Park

Briarfield Gardens by Revera

Lanark Village

Chartwell Retirement Residences

Sandhills Residential Retirement Community Inc.


Careplanner Support & Coordination Services

Leave it to Kliever

Confident Careplanners Inc.


City of Kitchener Programs & Services

Older Adult Programs (Breithaupt, Rockway and Downtown Community Centres)

Kitchener Fire Department

City of Kitchener Customer Service Survey

Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS)


*Event sponsors

Be an exhibitor

Exhibitor applications are closed for the 2018 Living Well Expo. 

Should you wish to be added to the wait list, please complete the Exhibitor application.

For further information please contact Carolyn Cormier.


 View photos from our 2017 Living Well Expo.

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