The Champlain Library in Vankleek Hill is excited to present “Thursday Talks”, a series of six talks on various programs, services and resources available to seniors in the community.  The talks are made possible through the Seniors Community Grant Program from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs.  The presentations will be made by representatives of local community and organizations aimed at helping older adults to stay healthy, safe, active and engaged.

The presentations will take place on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm during the months of September, October and November.  The location will be upstairs in the Masonic Hall above the library at 94 Main Street in Vankleek Hill.

On September 13, Janine Jalbert, a former nurse and PSW teacher, will talk about how to make healthy nutrition choices, eat on a budget and what foods to avoid with medication.  She currently teaches a cooking and nutrition course for those who go to the food banks and those on a tight budget.

Carmen Verdugo, RPN of Carefor in Hawkesbury will be speaking on September 27 about Home Care and Palliative Services.  Carmen is a Nurse Coordinator for Palliative Community Services for Carefor, both the Day Program and Community Care Visiting Program.  These programs provide social and emotional support to individuals with a terminal illness and their families, therefore allowing them to remain in their community.

On October 11, Constable Mario Gratton, Community Safety Officer/Media Relations of the OPP in Hawkesbury will talk about Fraud Prevention.  Whether it is a phone threat or door threat, you will hear how to recognize it, report it and stop it.

Lisa and Mark Henderson of Hillcrest Funeral Home are no strangers to the area, and on October 25, Mark will be discussing the importance of pre-planning your funeral and how it is the responsible thing to do.  Being appointed an executor is a huge responsibility and can be a very overwhelming task for many people.  Lisa will review what is involved in pre-planning.

On November 8, Andy Nguyen, a Manager of Customer Care with Service Ontario will be discussing the many services offered to seniors including the Senior Driver Licence Renewal Program and the Ontario Health Insurance Plan Health Card, just to name a few topics.

“How Not To Act Your Age” is the topic of discussion on November 22.  Hannah, a yoga instructor and health enthusiast, will discuss the benefits of the awareness of our healthy choices to help slow the aging process and stave off disease.

Whether you are a senior, a caregiver, or a concerned family member, you are welcome to join in this exciting and informative venue.  Refreshments will be provided by The Broken Kettle Bakery & Barkery.  Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling the library at 613-678-2216.  Visit the Champlain Library’s website at for more information.