FOCUS ON SENIORS: 'Hurricane' season in Brant

Opinion Jun 19, 2015 Brant News

A "hurricane" is expected to arrive in Brantford during the afternoon of June 24.  Dubbed “Hurricane Hazel” and well-known to many, former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion will be the guest speaker at the annual general meeting for the Grand River Council on Aging.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., when the doors open. The program will begin at 5 p.m.

The event planners suggest you plan to arrive early, to beat the rush and to secure a good seat.

A reporter from the Toronto Sun once asked her to explain why she is called “Hurricane Hazel.” McCallion responded, “I move quickly. I move quickly on getting answers and I move quickly on getting the job done. I move quickly on being around to many events and I certainly don’t let any grass grow under my feet.”  

It is anticipated that more than 400 people will be in attendance at the event.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd to give McCallion a warm, hearty greeting,” executive director Kathy Poirier said. “People are really excited about the opportunity to see her and hear what she has to say.”  

The Grand River Council on Aging, through its regular feature “Focus on Seniors” in the Brant News, recognizes and pays tribute to older adults every week.

Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to their communities by setting aside the month of June each year. June 2015 will mark the 31st annual celebration of Seniors Month.

Throughout the month of June, seniors are encouraged to find ways to celebrate.

Spending a few moments in quiet reflection, older adults can remember and cherish their many achievements. Or they could opt for a joyous time of high-fives and boisterous good cheer in the company of friends and loved ones in recognition of what they have accomplished in their lives.

Of course, we hope seniors will choose to celebrate with us and come out to hear McCallion’s message.

This year the theme for Seniors Month is “vibrant seniors, vibrant communities.”

McCallion definitely qualifies as a vibrant individual. How many other 90-year-olds are popular, public speakers? She was first elected mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and is the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. She is also one of the longest serving mayors in Canadian history.

Under her leadership, Mississauga’s population more than doubled, making it the sixth-largest city in Canada. Definitely a vibrant community.

Not to be outdone, the City of Brantford and the County of Brant are two other growing, vibrant communities. Both are committed to making their cities age-friendly. Each municipality has dozens of vibrant volunteers working to promote age-friendliness.

The GRCOA recognizes the efforts of its volunteers, partners, and sponsors who all contributed in some way to make this event a success. Some sponsors provided funds while others contributed in-kind support.  

A prime example is Revera Inc. As the gold sponsor of the day, they sponsored the speakers’ fee. Other examples of support received include the Best Western Plus for quoting a very favourable fee for the room rental and Nancy Tomkins, who promoted the event in her ongoing “Smile of the Week.” Sweet Bakery will supply the yummy party favours.

The annual general meeting has been featured on RogersTV’s Inside Brant. Other companies, such as West Brant Window World and the Dorsey Group have promoted Seniors Month on their electronic signs.

It seems that everyone wanted to share in this special event. Each contribution – large or small – will ensure the success of this first large event for the Grand River Council on Aging. The energy is starting to build. And if the support demonstrated to date is any indication, the event will be one to remember.

McCallion will speak about her life and her experiences growing older. This message is relevant for adults experiencing the many changes and challenges of aging. Many people will have watched her career and the growth of Mississauga.

It will be of interest to community leaders and planners, as they listen for any nuggets of information she might share that could support Brantford and the County of Brant as they grow.  

Registrants will have an opportunity to support the work of the Grand River Council on Aging through a freewill donation at the door. Register by calling the office at 519-754-0777, ext. 439, or online at hurricanehazel.eventbrite.ca.  

Join us by extending a vibrant welcome to “Hurricane Hazel.”  The more the merrier.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: 'Hurricane' season in Brant

Former Mississauga mayor coming to GRCOA meeting

Opinion Jun 19, 2015 Brant News

A "hurricane" is expected to arrive in Brantford during the afternoon of June 24.  Dubbed “Hurricane Hazel” and well-known to many, former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion will be the guest speaker at the annual general meeting for the Grand River Council on Aging.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., when the doors open. The program will begin at 5 p.m.

The event planners suggest you plan to arrive early, to beat the rush and to secure a good seat.

A reporter from the Toronto Sun once asked her to explain why she is called “Hurricane Hazel.” McCallion responded, “I move quickly. I move quickly on getting answers and I move quickly on getting the job done. I move quickly on being around to many events and I certainly don’t let any grass grow under my feet.”  

It is anticipated that more than 400 people will be in attendance at the event.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd to give McCallion a warm, hearty greeting,” executive director Kathy Poirier said. “People are really excited about the opportunity to see her and hear what she has to say.”  

The Grand River Council on Aging, through its regular feature “Focus on Seniors” in the Brant News, recognizes and pays tribute to older adults every week.

Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to their communities by setting aside the month of June each year. June 2015 will mark the 31st annual celebration of Seniors Month.

Throughout the month of June, seniors are encouraged to find ways to celebrate.

Spending a few moments in quiet reflection, older adults can remember and cherish their many achievements. Or they could opt for a joyous time of high-fives and boisterous good cheer in the company of friends and loved ones in recognition of what they have accomplished in their lives.

Of course, we hope seniors will choose to celebrate with us and come out to hear McCallion’s message.

This year the theme for Seniors Month is “vibrant seniors, vibrant communities.”

McCallion definitely qualifies as a vibrant individual. How many other 90-year-olds are popular, public speakers? She was first elected mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and is the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. She is also one of the longest serving mayors in Canadian history.

Under her leadership, Mississauga’s population more than doubled, making it the sixth-largest city in Canada. Definitely a vibrant community.

Not to be outdone, the City of Brantford and the County of Brant are two other growing, vibrant communities. Both are committed to making their cities age-friendly. Each municipality has dozens of vibrant volunteers working to promote age-friendliness.

The GRCOA recognizes the efforts of its volunteers, partners, and sponsors who all contributed in some way to make this event a success. Some sponsors provided funds while others contributed in-kind support.  

A prime example is Revera Inc. As the gold sponsor of the day, they sponsored the speakers’ fee. Other examples of support received include the Best Western Plus for quoting a very favourable fee for the room rental and Nancy Tomkins, who promoted the event in her ongoing “Smile of the Week.” Sweet Bakery will supply the yummy party favours.

The annual general meeting has been featured on RogersTV’s Inside Brant. Other companies, such as West Brant Window World and the Dorsey Group have promoted Seniors Month on their electronic signs.

It seems that everyone wanted to share in this special event. Each contribution – large or small – will ensure the success of this first large event for the Grand River Council on Aging. The energy is starting to build. And if the support demonstrated to date is any indication, the event will be one to remember.

McCallion will speak about her life and her experiences growing older. This message is relevant for adults experiencing the many changes and challenges of aging. Many people will have watched her career and the growth of Mississauga.

It will be of interest to community leaders and planners, as they listen for any nuggets of information she might share that could support Brantford and the County of Brant as they grow.  

Registrants will have an opportunity to support the work of the Grand River Council on Aging through a freewill donation at the door. Register by calling the office at 519-754-0777, ext. 439, or online at hurricanehazel.eventbrite.ca.  

Join us by extending a vibrant welcome to “Hurricane Hazel.”  The more the merrier.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: 'Hurricane' season in Brant

Former Mississauga mayor coming to GRCOA meeting

Opinion Jun 19, 2015 Brant News

A "hurricane" is expected to arrive in Brantford during the afternoon of June 24.  Dubbed “Hurricane Hazel” and well-known to many, former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion will be the guest speaker at the annual general meeting for the Grand River Council on Aging.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., when the doors open. The program will begin at 5 p.m.

The event planners suggest you plan to arrive early, to beat the rush and to secure a good seat.

A reporter from the Toronto Sun once asked her to explain why she is called “Hurricane Hazel.” McCallion responded, “I move quickly. I move quickly on getting answers and I move quickly on getting the job done. I move quickly on being around to many events and I certainly don’t let any grass grow under my feet.”  

It is anticipated that more than 400 people will be in attendance at the event.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd to give McCallion a warm, hearty greeting,” executive director Kathy Poirier said. “People are really excited about the opportunity to see her and hear what she has to say.”  

The Grand River Council on Aging, through its regular feature “Focus on Seniors” in the Brant News, recognizes and pays tribute to older adults every week.

Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to their communities by setting aside the month of June each year. June 2015 will mark the 31st annual celebration of Seniors Month.

Throughout the month of June, seniors are encouraged to find ways to celebrate.

Spending a few moments in quiet reflection, older adults can remember and cherish their many achievements. Or they could opt for a joyous time of high-fives and boisterous good cheer in the company of friends and loved ones in recognition of what they have accomplished in their lives.

Of course, we hope seniors will choose to celebrate with us and come out to hear McCallion’s message.

This year the theme for Seniors Month is “vibrant seniors, vibrant communities.”

McCallion definitely qualifies as a vibrant individual. How many other 90-year-olds are popular, public speakers? She was first elected mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and is the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. She is also one of the longest serving mayors in Canadian history.

Under her leadership, Mississauga’s population more than doubled, making it the sixth-largest city in Canada. Definitely a vibrant community.

Not to be outdone, the City of Brantford and the County of Brant are two other growing, vibrant communities. Both are committed to making their cities age-friendly. Each municipality has dozens of vibrant volunteers working to promote age-friendliness.

The GRCOA recognizes the efforts of its volunteers, partners, and sponsors who all contributed in some way to make this event a success. Some sponsors provided funds while others contributed in-kind support.  

A prime example is Revera Inc. As the gold sponsor of the day, they sponsored the speakers’ fee. Other examples of support received include the Best Western Plus for quoting a very favourable fee for the room rental and Nancy Tomkins, who promoted the event in her ongoing “Smile of the Week.” Sweet Bakery will supply the yummy party favours.

The annual general meeting has been featured on RogersTV’s Inside Brant. Other companies, such as West Brant Window World and the Dorsey Group have promoted Seniors Month on their electronic signs.

It seems that everyone wanted to share in this special event. Each contribution – large or small – will ensure the success of this first large event for the Grand River Council on Aging. The energy is starting to build. And if the support demonstrated to date is any indication, the event will be one to remember.

McCallion will speak about her life and her experiences growing older. This message is relevant for adults experiencing the many changes and challenges of aging. Many people will have watched her career and the growth of Mississauga.

It will be of interest to community leaders and planners, as they listen for any nuggets of information she might share that could support Brantford and the County of Brant as they grow.  

Registrants will have an opportunity to support the work of the Grand River Council on Aging through a freewill donation at the door. Register by calling the office at 519-754-0777, ext. 439, or online at hurricanehazel.eventbrite.ca.  

Join us by extending a vibrant welcome to “Hurricane Hazel.”  The more the merrier.