CARF surveyors were on site March 7 & 8, 2011. On April 6, 2011 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres was awarded a three year Accreditation, until March 31, 2014.
November 2012 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres received funding from the MH LHIN and the Caregiver First Strategy to offer extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and services two weekends per month. We additionally received funding to offer a community bathing program.
Seniors Life Enhancement Centres moved the alternating Saturday and Sunday programs to every Saturday to meet with program trends for demand. CARF surveyors were on site February 3rd and 4th to resurvey the programs. A second three (3) year accreditation was awarded. April 24, 2014 Seniors Life Enhancement Centres celebrated the new facility by hosting a “New Location Celebration” inviting members of the public and other agencies to tour the new location.
CARF surveyors were on site in January to resurvey the programs. A fourth three (3) year accreditation was awarded, with no recommendations, demonstrating our ongoing dedication to service excellence.
In March 2020 SLEC in person services were suspended and all services were provided virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April 2020 SLEC launched our Virtual Program Platform to support clients and caregivers throughout the course of the Pandemic.
From September 2020 to May 2021 SLEC distributed Activity Kits to isolated seniors in the community to help keep them active and engaged during the pandemic.
SLEC in person services resumed in the summer of 2021 with a limited capacity, under continued precautions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Reopening continues in a phased approach with input from local health officials.
Our values guide us in our interactions with each other, clients, their families, and all other stakeholders:
Believe: We inspire and enable people because we hold an “anything is possible” mindset
Love: We relate to each other through compassion, empathy and genuine caring
Excellence: We strive to create a dynamic, joyful, and positive environment with a focus on leading best practices, accountability and growth
Respectful and courteous treatment that respects privacy, dignity and autonomy
Input to and information about the Centres’ policies and your individual plan of service
Give feedback, express concerns or complain without fear of reprisal
Help and encouragement while respecting and maintaining the highest degree of independence
Treatment that recognizes the ethnic, spiritual, linguistic, family, cultural, dietary and other preferences
Safe, clean, and welcoming environment
The staff at Seniors Life Enhancement Centres consists of a supportive team of dedicated professionals who have specialized training and experience to respond with care to the unique needs of our clients and their caregivers
Organization Structure SLEC
Everyday our dedicated team of volunteers contribute to the quality of life of our clients. Seniors Life Enhancement Centres enjoy the assistance of volunteers in a variety of positions including:
Seniors Life Enhancement Centres (SLEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. Our strategic priorities are:
SLEC is overseen by a 10-member community volunteer Board of Directors that is elected in accordance with its bylaws. Board members are selected based on their skills, expertise and desire to support the work of the organization. The Board provides leadership, sets the strategic direction and priorities for SLEC.
The Board is accountable to its clients, funders, the community and donors. It is accountable for appointing the Executive Director (ED) to achieve SLEC’s goals. The Board oversees SLEC’s strategic direction and the performance of the ED, who in turn is responsible for implementing the strategic direction and daily operations.
Current Board of Directors:
Maria is a self–starter, high achiever and adaptive leader, who approaches and handles situations methodically, diligently, with a can-do attitude, integrity and empathy towards others. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated high reliability and competency. Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electromechanical Engineering, Quality Assurance Management Certificate and a Business Analyst certificate. She is a Project Management Professional, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Certified Scrum Master and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, with a high success rate of project completion. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Maria has extensive volunteering experience and joined the Board in 2017 as a way to be able to put to work the skills gained from her 35 years in the corporate world for a cause that is very dear to her heart. Having seen how the Centre has changed her mother’s life, she wanted to help in some way so that other seniors can have the same experience.
Mindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, in which she majored in Honours Life Sciences and also obtained a minor in Psychology and a concurrent certificate in Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication. She is currently completing her Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto and dedicates much of her time to conducting research to support vulnerable communities, including older adults. She has three years of experience as an optometrist assistant and extensive volunteer experience in healthcare-related initiatives. She is also the Program Director at the Parsec Youth Network, where she runs a volunteer-based program aimed at mitigating educational inequities for hundreds of Canadian children. By serving on SLEC's board, she hopes to contribute to the implementation of safe and accessible services for older adults and their caretakers.
Lorena recently retired from the City of Mississauga, Community Development Team overseeing the older adult portfolio. Her retirement brought an end to a wonderful 46-year career working with older adults/seniors in long-term care, community support, retirement home sectors and municipal government.
Lorena is passionate about working with seniors and much focused on client-centred care and quality. Her quest for continuous quality improvement led her to join CARF International as an accreditation surveyor, a position she still holds.
Prior to joining The City of Mississauga, Lorena was the Executive Director for Seniors Life Enhancement Centres, held senior positions in the retirement home industry, and worked 22 years for the Region of Halton, Services for Seniors Division, in various positions in Long Term Care and Community Support Services.
She is known for her good sense of humour and is passionate about mentoring future leaders. Now in retirement, she is enjoying spending time more time with family and friends, golfing, cycling, tennis, pickleball, and walking her very active Cockapoo named Gus.
Some programs we have hosted placements from include:
Current partnered schools or institutions include:
Support us through a variety of these inititatives:
The Grand Parade is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraising walk that celebrates and supports aging Canadians and their families across Canada.
The money we raise with this initiative will support Seniors Life Enhancement Centres to continue providing valuable services in our community by helping the elderly and their families. SLEC will be enhancing our rate reduction program in order to serve clients who may not be able to attend the program due to financial hardship.