FOCUS ON SENIORS: Celebrate Nationals Seniors Day on a bus

News Sep 19, 2014 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

Wednesday, Oct. 1, is National Seniors Day in Canada. Having a designated day each year gives us an occasion to recognize our seniors and to celebrate their many accomplishments. It is fitting that we recognize their contributions to our families, workplaces and communities.  

Take a moment to think about that special senior who has made a difference in your life. Each day, seniors in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant make a big difference to us.  

By partnering with several community organizations, the Grand River Council on Aging is pleased to host its second annual workshop on a bus, a free bus tour around the City of Brantford complete with entertainment and lunch. We will celebrate seniors, learn new things, and have fun.

Why a bus tour? Many seniors have told us they have no experience riding a bus. Some even confessed the idea of riding a bus was overwhelming and intimidating.

Hosting a bus tour will introduce the bus in a friendly, casual manner.  

The age-friendly features and modifications of the bus will be explained and demonstrated. Questions about fee structure, monthly passes and how to transfer from one route to another will all be answered. Riding with us, seniors can experience the ride and see how the routes work. Our goal is to introduce riding the bus so that seniors will be more comfortable with using the transit system.

We refer to our event as a “workshop on a bus” because our tour is educational. In this case, the learning takes place on a bus rather than in a classroom.

We are thrilled to have the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, the Brantford Public Library, Charlotte Villa and Nancy Tomkins onboard with us as partners. Through collaboration and partnership we hope to make it a day to remember for those who come along for the ride.  

A city bus and driver have been designated for the day. There are two pickup locations for people to board the bus – the downtown transit terminal or the Airport Community Centre. At the end of the event, riders will be returned to their original starting point.

Our tour will make four stops along the way. Participants will remain in the classroom (on the bus), while guest speakers at each location step on up to provide mini presentations about their facility. There will be time to ask questions, too.

We invite you to register for our free workshop on a bus to experience the Brantford transit system. You will discover the Brantford Public Library at our first stop. We think you’ll be amazed at the number of programs the library provides for seniors. They can even help you learn how to use your e-reader or figure out how to tweet.

Next, we’ll visit the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre. Their programs are geared towards adults 50-plus and you’ll hear all about their fall and winter programs and the many benefits of membership at the centre. Did you know that there is a cafeteria there that is open to the public? They serve well-cooked, delicious meals at very reasonable prices.

At the Grand River Community Health Centre, which is the third stop on our tour, you’ll find out about the health care they offer as well as the number of community programs and services they provide. From Stitch and Chat to cooking classes, they have a lot going on.

And last but by no means least, we’ll stop at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. The Gretzky sculpture at the front of the new entrance is truly remarkable. This brand new sports facility has much on offer of interest to all ages and this stop promises to be a real eye-opener.

When the formal part of the bus tour is complete, lunch will be served at the Airport Community Centre. There will be time for socializing and fellowship with your bus mates. Also, we are pleased that several of our local politicians have accepted our invitation and will join us for lunch.

Want to join us? To register please call the County of Brant Community Services Office at 519-442-1818. Call soon for space is limited.

On Oct. 1, the Grand River Council on Aging will celebrate seniors and the magic of great partnerships.  How will you mark this special day? Be sure to thank a senior. Happy National Seniors Day to all!

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Celebrate Nationals Seniors Day on a bus

Workshop on a bus tour showcases city services to seniors

News Sep 19, 2014 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

Wednesday, Oct. 1, is National Seniors Day in Canada. Having a designated day each year gives us an occasion to recognize our seniors and to celebrate their many accomplishments. It is fitting that we recognize their contributions to our families, workplaces and communities.  

Take a moment to think about that special senior who has made a difference in your life. Each day, seniors in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant make a big difference to us.  

By partnering with several community organizations, the Grand River Council on Aging is pleased to host its second annual workshop on a bus, a free bus tour around the City of Brantford complete with entertainment and lunch. We will celebrate seniors, learn new things, and have fun.

Why a bus tour? Many seniors have told us they have no experience riding a bus. Some even confessed the idea of riding a bus was overwhelming and intimidating.

Hosting a bus tour will introduce the bus in a friendly, casual manner.  

The age-friendly features and modifications of the bus will be explained and demonstrated. Questions about fee structure, monthly passes and how to transfer from one route to another will all be answered. Riding with us, seniors can experience the ride and see how the routes work. Our goal is to introduce riding the bus so that seniors will be more comfortable with using the transit system.

We refer to our event as a “workshop on a bus” because our tour is educational. In this case, the learning takes place on a bus rather than in a classroom.

We are thrilled to have the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, the Brantford Public Library, Charlotte Villa and Nancy Tomkins onboard with us as partners. Through collaboration and partnership we hope to make it a day to remember for those who come along for the ride.  

A city bus and driver have been designated for the day. There are two pickup locations for people to board the bus – the downtown transit terminal or the Airport Community Centre. At the end of the event, riders will be returned to their original starting point.

Our tour will make four stops along the way. Participants will remain in the classroom (on the bus), while guest speakers at each location step on up to provide mini presentations about their facility. There will be time to ask questions, too.

We invite you to register for our free workshop on a bus to experience the Brantford transit system. You will discover the Brantford Public Library at our first stop. We think you’ll be amazed at the number of programs the library provides for seniors. They can even help you learn how to use your e-reader or figure out how to tweet.

Next, we’ll visit the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre. Their programs are geared towards adults 50-plus and you’ll hear all about their fall and winter programs and the many benefits of membership at the centre. Did you know that there is a cafeteria there that is open to the public? They serve well-cooked, delicious meals at very reasonable prices.

At the Grand River Community Health Centre, which is the third stop on our tour, you’ll find out about the health care they offer as well as the number of community programs and services they provide. From Stitch and Chat to cooking classes, they have a lot going on.

And last but by no means least, we’ll stop at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. The Gretzky sculpture at the front of the new entrance is truly remarkable. This brand new sports facility has much on offer of interest to all ages and this stop promises to be a real eye-opener.

When the formal part of the bus tour is complete, lunch will be served at the Airport Community Centre. There will be time for socializing and fellowship with your bus mates. Also, we are pleased that several of our local politicians have accepted our invitation and will join us for lunch.

Want to join us? To register please call the County of Brant Community Services Office at 519-442-1818. Call soon for space is limited.

On Oct. 1, the Grand River Council on Aging will celebrate seniors and the magic of great partnerships.  How will you mark this special day? Be sure to thank a senior. Happy National Seniors Day to all!

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Celebrate Nationals Seniors Day on a bus

Workshop on a bus tour showcases city services to seniors

News Sep 19, 2014 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

Wednesday, Oct. 1, is National Seniors Day in Canada. Having a designated day each year gives us an occasion to recognize our seniors and to celebrate their many accomplishments. It is fitting that we recognize their contributions to our families, workplaces and communities.  

Take a moment to think about that special senior who has made a difference in your life. Each day, seniors in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant make a big difference to us.  

By partnering with several community organizations, the Grand River Council on Aging is pleased to host its second annual workshop on a bus, a free bus tour around the City of Brantford complete with entertainment and lunch. We will celebrate seniors, learn new things, and have fun.

Why a bus tour? Many seniors have told us they have no experience riding a bus. Some even confessed the idea of riding a bus was overwhelming and intimidating.

Hosting a bus tour will introduce the bus in a friendly, casual manner.  

The age-friendly features and modifications of the bus will be explained and demonstrated. Questions about fee structure, monthly passes and how to transfer from one route to another will all be answered. Riding with us, seniors can experience the ride and see how the routes work. Our goal is to introduce riding the bus so that seniors will be more comfortable with using the transit system.

We refer to our event as a “workshop on a bus” because our tour is educational. In this case, the learning takes place on a bus rather than in a classroom.

We are thrilled to have the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, the Brantford Public Library, Charlotte Villa and Nancy Tomkins onboard with us as partners. Through collaboration and partnership we hope to make it a day to remember for those who come along for the ride.  

A city bus and driver have been designated for the day. There are two pickup locations for people to board the bus – the downtown transit terminal or the Airport Community Centre. At the end of the event, riders will be returned to their original starting point.

Our tour will make four stops along the way. Participants will remain in the classroom (on the bus), while guest speakers at each location step on up to provide mini presentations about their facility. There will be time to ask questions, too.

We invite you to register for our free workshop on a bus to experience the Brantford transit system. You will discover the Brantford Public Library at our first stop. We think you’ll be amazed at the number of programs the library provides for seniors. They can even help you learn how to use your e-reader or figure out how to tweet.

Next, we’ll visit the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre. Their programs are geared towards adults 50-plus and you’ll hear all about their fall and winter programs and the many benefits of membership at the centre. Did you know that there is a cafeteria there that is open to the public? They serve well-cooked, delicious meals at very reasonable prices.

At the Grand River Community Health Centre, which is the third stop on our tour, you’ll find out about the health care they offer as well as the number of community programs and services they provide. From Stitch and Chat to cooking classes, they have a lot going on.

And last but by no means least, we’ll stop at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. The Gretzky sculpture at the front of the new entrance is truly remarkable. This brand new sports facility has much on offer of interest to all ages and this stop promises to be a real eye-opener.

When the formal part of the bus tour is complete, lunch will be served at the Airport Community Centre. There will be time for socializing and fellowship with your bus mates. Also, we are pleased that several of our local politicians have accepted our invitation and will join us for lunch.

Want to join us? To register please call the County of Brant Community Services Office at 519-442-1818. Call soon for space is limited.

On Oct. 1, the Grand River Council on Aging will celebrate seniors and the magic of great partnerships.  How will you mark this special day? Be sure to thank a senior. Happy National Seniors Day to all!