Come for the Programs... Stay for the People.

Why Should I Volunteer?

There are so many things that motivate individuals to volunteer, but there are really two reasons:  enrichment of one's own life, and the enrichment of the lives of others. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers at Central Lions.  Their important work can be readily seen and experienced  throughout the Centre. We recently asked two of our long time volunteers to share a few words about their experiences. Read what they had to say.

Learning From the Expertise of Our Members

What natural processes led to the formation of Alberta’s oil and gas reserves? What unique features of the Alberta Sedimentary Basin make it a viable geological structure in which to store carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere? These are some of the many questions addressed in a three part series of well attended talks presented by Professional Geologist and CLSA member, Bill Gunter.  We are very fortunate to have members like Bill, who are willing to generously share their expertise and provide us with opportunities to keep learning. Watch for possible future sessions!

NEW!  Fun Art - Paint Day 

Impressive art projects can be created in an afternoon... Just ask participants in our new Fun Art - Paint Day class!  Under the guidance of instructor, Marilee Barry, our afternoon artists used acrylics to create their own personal masterpieces. Too much fun! Watch for future opportunities that may become available.

Our Spring Program Guide is Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce that our new Program Guide is "off to the printers" and should arrive in the middle of March! The spring season is packed with new and returning favourites. Mark this date on your calendar:  Spring registration for CLSA members begins Monday, March 13th... 10am -2pm. and is ongoing until each program start date. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Volunteers in Training

CLSA volunteers were taken on a detailed tour of our Centre as part of their orientation and ongoing training. The City of Edmonton Facility Manager and our Board Chair have led a number of training sessions, the next of which will take place on March 29th. Please call (7880-442-0934) or inquire at our Front Desk to learn more, or to register for these important future orientation sessions. New volunteers are always welcome!

Make a Difference... Join Our Board of Directors

By the year 2030, the "age 65+" demographic is estimated to be 23.6% of Canada’s population. These individuals, like the “seniors” of today, will be looking to actively engage in life… and CLSA is uniquely positioned to provide outstanding education/fitness programs, recreation activities and planned social events. We need the stewardship of dedicated volunteer Board members to build our organization. Find meaningful application of your valuable skills and experience.  Consider putting your name forward for election at our Annual General Meeting on March 23rd.   Additional information is available at the Front Office, or via email to our Executive Director at

Notice of CLSA Annual General Meeting – Everyone Welcome!

The CLSA annual general meeting will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  A free light lunch will be provided to CLSA members in attendance - starting at 12:30 p.m. Please r.s.v.p. with your intention to join us for lunch/meeting by calling (780) 442- 0934, or leaving your name at the front desk by March 21st.  Thank you for showing your interest and support of CLSA by attending this important meeting.  We look forward to seeing you.  For more information...

"Heart Fit" - February Fitness Centre Promotion

More and more of our members are discovering the benefits of "working out" in our Fitness Centre!  To provide additional encouragement to both our "regulars" and to new users, we are offering a special February Fitness Centre promotion.  Each time you work out, enter your name into a draw for one of 02 - one month passes! More information is available at the Fitness Centre desk. Drop by. Your heart will love you!!

Introducing Our New Executive Director:  Susan Mann

Our Board of Directors is very pleased to introduce Susan Mann, CLSA's new Executive Director.  Susan began her key role with us at the beginning of January, and is already a familiar face around the Centre as she works to become acquainted with our organization and its members.  Susan's experience, enthusiasm and expertise will be very valuable as we continue to build into the future.  Please extend to her, a warm CLSA welcome!

Introducing Rhiannon - Our New Office Assistant

At the beginning of January, we welcomed a new team member.  Rhiannon came to CLSA with experience both with the City of Edmonton (and a familiarity with Central Lions), as well as with the arts community of Edmonton. She has worked with the GeriActors, helping to develop plays for seniors - written by seniors - and conducting drama workshops. She is looking forward to learning more about our organization and meeting our members.  Be sure to say "hello" when you see her!

 Greetings from Catherine - Our New Fitness Centre Monitor

"I am thrilled to join the team of CLSA Fitness Monitors. I love the community feel at the Centre - and how everyone, from members to staff, are friendly and willing to help each other out. I thoroughly enjoy working in the Fitness Centre and am inspired by how committed CLSA members are in getting and staying physically and socially active.  I look forward to meeting you, and helping you with your fitness needs - either in the Fitness Centre or in a Pilates class here at CLSA."

What are YOU doing today?

Our CLSA Program Guide is packed with exciting classes, presentations, clubs and activities.  Learn new things.  Meet new people. Be active and engaged.  

In-person registration at the Centre (10:00 - 2:00)... online @ ... or phone 311

2017 WINTER Program Guides Are Here!

Our 2017 Winter Program Guide is filled with amazing offerings - and is now available on our website and at the Centre! Registration. Spots in popular sessions fill quickly, so please register early to avoid disappointment! If possible, please renew your CLSA membership ahead of time to "speed up" the registration process for you (and others).  Thank you. 

Register "in person" at the Centre (10:00 am to 2:00 pm), via 311 (telephone) or online at the City of Edmonton eReg site.

CLSA Conversation Circle - Fridays* @ 10:30 

Meet with others who are keen to informally explore and discuss topics of interest. Share and consider different perspectives. It is a great way to be introduced to other lively minded people!  The group meets every 2nd Friday* @10:30 (see notices in Atrium area)... in the Atrium's library/fireplace area. Bring a cup of coffee - and engage! 

Do We Have Your EMAIL Address?

78% of respondents in our recent CLSA Member Survey indicated that they prefer to receive communications from us via email.  In order to send email to you, we require your permission.  If you have not already done so, please provide consent so we can keep you "up-to-date" on all of the great things happening at the Centre!! 

Questions about seniors programs and services?

Call the Seniors Information Phone Line by dialing 2-1-1, and the Information and Referral Specialists at 211 will connect you to programs, services and resources in the Edmonton area.  

The updated Seniors Resource List (Nov. 2016) is available here.