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LONELY NO MORE

Rural Community Connections - a program for seniors

Current Offerings & Upcoming Events

Lonely No More, as showcased below, is an effective virtual outreach model. It empowers those who self-identify with the negative impacts of social isolation and is currently being used to serve rural older adults. This program enhancing well-being through co-facilitating new networks and enabling improved community engagement by integrating peer support, coaching conversations and system navigation.

Impact Highlight

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Monthly Storytelling Club

Lonely No More's online Storytelling Club is open to all community members. To help us find our own voice and be empowered to share our own stories, we will feature live storytelling, prerecorded tales and opportunities to engage with each other. 

  • listen to the art of storytelling through hearing professional storytellers share their tales (September to December)

  • learn the art of storytelling through writing workshops that will be held early next year

  • try the art of storytelling by sharing your stories this spring 


The last Thursday of the month at 7 pm. 
​​Video and phone-in options are available. 
Register online by clicking here or give us a call at 519 292 6862. 

Weekly Music Group

Founded by two of Lonely No More participants, this weekly online jam session is open to community members that are interested in listening or sharing their musical talents. This is a great way to connect with your rural neighbors and be able to play and share from the comfort of your own home. Lonely No More's Music Group will be hosting 2 holiday concerts on December 10th and 17th at 3:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Every Friday at 3:30 pm 
Video and phone-in options are available. 
Register by giving us a call at

519 292 6862. 

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Stretch, Lift or Tap (SLoT)

Get active without going to the gym. Join us this January for FREE interactive over the phone and online weekly workshops designed for older adults. Caregivers are also welcomed. Lets keep moving in fun and safe ways at home. 

Thank you Sunnybrook Hospital for selecting us as an implementation and evaluation partner to pilot the Regional Geriatric Program's SLoT program to interested LNM participants. ​

Multiple Offerings 
Interested in joining SLoT? 
Give us a call at 519 292 6862

Weekly Elder Circles

Since 2018, the Lonely No More program has been offering weekly over-the-phone group chats in rural Southwestern Ontario. These weekly chats occur in a party line fashion with 3 to 5 rural older adults engaging together, facilitated by 2 trained Community Volunteers. These Community Volunteers (Co-Facilitators) help implement the program's three pong approach to combating social isolation: peer support, coaching conversations and system navigation. 

Multiple Offerings   
Interested in joining an Elder Circle?
Give us a call at 519 292 6862.  

Click here to learn more about the Lonely No More Program 

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Impact Highlight

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Recent News

National Highlight - November 2021

Lonely No More's Leadership Team was invited to participate on the Loneliness Panel at CMHC's Crafting Connections in a Landscape of Uncertainly Conference. During the conference, the Leadership Team presented on the piloted intergenerational customization of Lonely No More, highlighting the positive impact Lonely No More and it's affiliated training (Connectedness Coaching) on engaged rural youth. 

National Recognition - June 2021

The Lonely No More Program has been recognized as a promising practice by the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors for Canada and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) announced at the Federal / Provincial / Territorial Ministers’ ‘Future of Aging in Canada’ symposium held on June 8, 2021. 

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Loneliness Defined By Post-Secondary Mental Health Service Providers During Connectedness Coaching Hosted Discussion on Loneliness at CMHC 2021 Conference 

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Interested in Engaging With Us?

If you are interested in volunteering, participating in, or are a service provider looking to refer clients to Lonely No More's current offerings please contact Lonely No More's Program Coordinator Sarah Versteeg at sarah@gatewayruralhealth.ca.


Interested in Collaborating With Us?

If your organization is interested in partnering or sponsoring a local expression of the Lonely No More program, please reach out to Sheila Schuehlein, Gateway's Chair of Rural Health Coaching and Program Lead, at sheila@gatewayruralhealth.ca.  

Lonely No More was developed by Sheila Schuehlein and engaged community partners in 2018. ​​Lonely No More has recently been supported by: McCall MacBain Foundation, Rotary Club of Goderich, IODE, MacKay Seniors Centre / Senior Centers Without Walls, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Southwest Analytics, the Municipality of North Perth, Rural Response for Healthy Children and the Regional Geriatric Program. Gateway CERH is also supported by the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund, Community Foundations of Canada and the New Horizons for Seniors Program.