FOCUS ON SENIORS: Reaching the summit

News Oct 20, 2016 by Dave Levac Brant News

During the last election in 2014, I pledged to create a summit series on seniors.

I promised to open a discussion on making Brant more accessible, innovative, community-oriented and age-friendly.

My vision was to make Brant welcoming for people of all ages.

To date, we have organized seven roundtable discussions focusing on improving services for seniors in various sectors. This month marks an important milestone as we are hosting our final roundtable discussion in this summit series.

Statistics show that our riding is home to an increasing number of seniors. Currently there are 41,000 people who are over 55 years of age in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. It is expected that in 15 years there will be 59,320 people in Brant and Brantford over the age of 55.

In light of these demographics, I have sought to engage various stakeholders and individuals to bring focus to the needs and concerns of seniors in our community. To ensure there is a community voice heavily engaged in the process, the Grand River Council on Aging has been invited to co-chair this initiative. They have been instrumental and perfect for this task.

The planning committee has been meeting since November 2014. During 2015 and into 2016, the Committee has hosted seven sessions focusing on a wide range of topics: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, social participation, civic participation and employment, respect and social inclusion.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the concluding session will highlight ways in which we can improve communication and information for people of all ages in our riding. This session will be held at the Brantford and District Civic Centre at 79 Market St. S. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and join the discussion.

The final stage of this process is to draw conclusions and make recommendations using the knowledge, viewpoints and ideas that we have gained from these meetings.

A final report will be submitted to decision-makers at all levels of government to guide them in what we need and want in Brant.

I strongly believe that collaboration is the key to politics. That is why I strive to take a collaborative, co-operative approach as your democratically elected representative, knowing that consultations and round-table discussions lead to the best policy decisions possible.

A huge thank you is owed to the Grand River Council on Aging, the city of Brantford, planning committee and the various stakeholders and participants of the summits.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about these age-friendly events, please call the constituency office at 519-759-0361 or drop by at 96 Nelson St. in Brantford.

Dave Levac is the MPP for Brant.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Reaching the summit

News Oct 20, 2016 by Dave Levac Brant News

During the last election in 2014, I pledged to create a summit series on seniors.

I promised to open a discussion on making Brant more accessible, innovative, community-oriented and age-friendly.

My vision was to make Brant welcoming for people of all ages.

To date, we have organized seven roundtable discussions focusing on improving services for seniors in various sectors. This month marks an important milestone as we are hosting our final roundtable discussion in this summit series.

Statistics show that our riding is home to an increasing number of seniors. Currently there are 41,000 people who are over 55 years of age in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. It is expected that in 15 years there will be 59,320 people in Brant and Brantford over the age of 55.

In light of these demographics, I have sought to engage various stakeholders and individuals to bring focus to the needs and concerns of seniors in our community. To ensure there is a community voice heavily engaged in the process, the Grand River Council on Aging has been invited to co-chair this initiative. They have been instrumental and perfect for this task.

The planning committee has been meeting since November 2014. During 2015 and into 2016, the Committee has hosted seven sessions focusing on a wide range of topics: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, social participation, civic participation and employment, respect and social inclusion.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the concluding session will highlight ways in which we can improve communication and information for people of all ages in our riding. This session will be held at the Brantford and District Civic Centre at 79 Market St. S. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and join the discussion.

The final stage of this process is to draw conclusions and make recommendations using the knowledge, viewpoints and ideas that we have gained from these meetings.

A final report will be submitted to decision-makers at all levels of government to guide them in what we need and want in Brant.

I strongly believe that collaboration is the key to politics. That is why I strive to take a collaborative, co-operative approach as your democratically elected representative, knowing that consultations and round-table discussions lead to the best policy decisions possible.

A huge thank you is owed to the Grand River Council on Aging, the city of Brantford, planning committee and the various stakeholders and participants of the summits.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about these age-friendly events, please call the constituency office at 519-759-0361 or drop by at 96 Nelson St. in Brantford.

Dave Levac is the MPP for Brant.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Reaching the summit

News Oct 20, 2016 by Dave Levac Brant News

During the last election in 2014, I pledged to create a summit series on seniors.

I promised to open a discussion on making Brant more accessible, innovative, community-oriented and age-friendly.

My vision was to make Brant welcoming for people of all ages.

To date, we have organized seven roundtable discussions focusing on improving services for seniors in various sectors. This month marks an important milestone as we are hosting our final roundtable discussion in this summit series.

Statistics show that our riding is home to an increasing number of seniors. Currently there are 41,000 people who are over 55 years of age in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. It is expected that in 15 years there will be 59,320 people in Brant and Brantford over the age of 55.

In light of these demographics, I have sought to engage various stakeholders and individuals to bring focus to the needs and concerns of seniors in our community. To ensure there is a community voice heavily engaged in the process, the Grand River Council on Aging has been invited to co-chair this initiative. They have been instrumental and perfect for this task.

The planning committee has been meeting since November 2014. During 2015 and into 2016, the Committee has hosted seven sessions focusing on a wide range of topics: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, social participation, civic participation and employment, respect and social inclusion.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the concluding session will highlight ways in which we can improve communication and information for people of all ages in our riding. This session will be held at the Brantford and District Civic Centre at 79 Market St. S. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and join the discussion.

The final stage of this process is to draw conclusions and make recommendations using the knowledge, viewpoints and ideas that we have gained from these meetings.

A final report will be submitted to decision-makers at all levels of government to guide them in what we need and want in Brant.

I strongly believe that collaboration is the key to politics. That is why I strive to take a collaborative, co-operative approach as your democratically elected representative, knowing that consultations and round-table discussions lead to the best policy decisions possible.

A huge thank you is owed to the Grand River Council on Aging, the city of Brantford, planning committee and the various stakeholders and participants of the summits.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about these age-friendly events, please call the constituency office at 519-759-0361 or drop by at 96 Nelson St. in Brantford.

Dave Levac is the MPP for Brant.