North York Seniors Centre – Humble Beginnings to Community Institution

April 2014

North York Seniors Centre (NYSC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary!

North York Seniors Centre (NYSC) is for those 55 years and older. Many seniors first learn of NYSC through friends or family members.

It was in 1974 when a group of seniors asked Mayor Mel Lastman for a meeting place so they could socialize and enjoy recreation. A modest storefront in Newtonbrook Plaza was found for them. Over time NYSC relocated to Empress Walk.

Through the years, NYSC continued to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of people aged 55 years and older. By 1987 they moved to their present home at 21 Hendon Ave. which is located on the Yonge subway line near Finch station. One year later, the popular Adult Day

Services expanded and moved to its present home at 80 Sheppard Ave. West.

NYSC continued growing in 2009 through funding received from the Central Local Health Integration Network to provide a supportive housing program in two buildings; 5430 Yonge St. and 35 Park Home Ave. In 2013, NYSC became one of the first senior adult centres in Ontario to become an accredited organization. That’s quite a transformation coming from such a humble beginning.

North York Seniors Centre offers a surprisingly extensive range of services:

  •  Many programs, interesting classes, plus special events take place in the Active Living Centre at the Hendon Avenue location. There’s even a fully equipped fitness centre.
  • A variety of services to help seniors live safely and independently in their own homes. These include personal care, light housekeeping and meal preparation.
  • An adult day program for older adults with physical frailties or cognitive challenges at the Sheppard Avenue location.

2014 marks the 40th anniversary for NYSC and they’re celebrating with special open house events throughout the month of June. Find out more by visiting or calling 416-733-4111.


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