FOCUS ON SENIORS: How are you getting there?

Opinion Sep 17, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

What’s your favourite way of getting around? How do you get from point A to B? Do you live in the City of Brantford?

For many of us, the answers are simple … we get around in our cars.  Where we live doesn’t affect our ability to get around in our community.

Moving around our community enables us to engage in life to the fullest. If we are employed, we need transportation to get us to work each day. If we volunteer and the activity isn’t within walking distance, we need a way to get there.  We may need to visit a family physician or dentist, take a pet to the vet, or attend weekly worship. The needs for transportation are endless. They are all different and unique, just like people.

What do people do without a personal car or driver?

The City of Brantford has an economical and reasonable alternative for you to consider.

City buses are a reliable mode of transportation. In Brantford, there are two choices of bus transit available for citizens: regular transit and specialized transit for people with disabilities.

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) hosts its Workshop on a Bus on Oct. 1 every year.  This is the day designated by the federal government as National Seniors Day in Canada.  The date was selected to coincide with the International Day of the Elder Person. Communities around the world will be coming together that day to celebrate and promote healthy, active aging.

This year, GRCOA will host its third annual Workshop on a Bus on Thursday, Oct. 1. For that one day, the bus becomes a classroom.

This is an age-friendly event and is open to everyone. There is limited seating so participants are encouraged to register early.

There will be two designated pick-up locations to board the bus. You can meet the bus at the downtown bus terminal, or drive to the Airport Community Centre, located at 3 Airport Rd. in the County of Brant, to join the group there.

Once everyone has arrived at the airport, the tour will begin. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m.

While the primary objective of the day is to celebrate seniors and their many worthy accomplishments, organizers plan to describe the many positive benefits of choosing transit to get around the city.

City buses are engineering marvels. You won’t believe the many age-friendly features found on these mammoth machines. Bus drivers will demonstrate the bus kneeling – lowering parallel to the curb – making travel easier for persons in wheelchairs or pushing a stroller.

Speaking of bus drivers, these skilled and accomplished individuals aim to please. Seniors and persons with disabilities are top-priority for the transit department and drivers are there to ensure that everyone is seated safely and comfortably before the bus moves into traffic. They also ensure that wheelchairs, strollers and walkers are safely stored in one of several strategic locations on each bus.

The Workshop on a Bus will drive around the city, making stops at key locations. Guest speakers will board the bus to describe their programs and services. Their descriptions will help participants understand the many available options for them to consider.

The Brantford Public Library, the Grand River Community Health Centre, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre all feature very interesting and varied programs and services geared toward older adults.

After the bus tour, this free event will feature a light lunch, door prizes and entertainment.

There are two easy ways to register for this great morning: online at workshoponabus.eventbrite.ca or by phone at 519-754-0777, ext. 439.

Speaking of transportation, the core committee for the Age-Friendly Community Summit is pleased to announce limited transportation for people wishing to attend any of its summit gatherings.

The next meeting, the third gathering, which will focus on social participation, is Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Six Nations Tourism, located on Chiefswood Road in Ohsweken.

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. To register online go to gathering3.eventbrite.ca or call 519-754-0777, ext. 439. If you require transportation in order to attend the gatherings, please mention that at the time of registration.

We are so pleased to offer readers two more opportunities for leisure and education. You can choose a friendly, informative and fun half-day spent in the company of other older adults at Workshop on a Bus.

You can also lend your voice and opinion to the Age-Friendly Community Summit. And the best part is that, with free transportation, getting there is no problem.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: How are you getting there?

GRCOA hosts third annual Workshop on a Bus Oct. 1

Opinion Sep 17, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

What’s your favourite way of getting around? How do you get from point A to B? Do you live in the City of Brantford?

For many of us, the answers are simple … we get around in our cars.  Where we live doesn’t affect our ability to get around in our community.

Moving around our community enables us to engage in life to the fullest. If we are employed, we need transportation to get us to work each day. If we volunteer and the activity isn’t within walking distance, we need a way to get there.  We may need to visit a family physician or dentist, take a pet to the vet, or attend weekly worship. The needs for transportation are endless. They are all different and unique, just like people.

What do people do without a personal car or driver?

The City of Brantford has an economical and reasonable alternative for you to consider.

City buses are a reliable mode of transportation. In Brantford, there are two choices of bus transit available for citizens: regular transit and specialized transit for people with disabilities.

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) hosts its Workshop on a Bus on Oct. 1 every year.  This is the day designated by the federal government as National Seniors Day in Canada.  The date was selected to coincide with the International Day of the Elder Person. Communities around the world will be coming together that day to celebrate and promote healthy, active aging.

This year, GRCOA will host its third annual Workshop on a Bus on Thursday, Oct. 1. For that one day, the bus becomes a classroom.

This is an age-friendly event and is open to everyone. There is limited seating so participants are encouraged to register early.

There will be two designated pick-up locations to board the bus. You can meet the bus at the downtown bus terminal, or drive to the Airport Community Centre, located at 3 Airport Rd. in the County of Brant, to join the group there.

Once everyone has arrived at the airport, the tour will begin. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m.

While the primary objective of the day is to celebrate seniors and their many worthy accomplishments, organizers plan to describe the many positive benefits of choosing transit to get around the city.

City buses are engineering marvels. You won’t believe the many age-friendly features found on these mammoth machines. Bus drivers will demonstrate the bus kneeling – lowering parallel to the curb – making travel easier for persons in wheelchairs or pushing a stroller.

Speaking of bus drivers, these skilled and accomplished individuals aim to please. Seniors and persons with disabilities are top-priority for the transit department and drivers are there to ensure that everyone is seated safely and comfortably before the bus moves into traffic. They also ensure that wheelchairs, strollers and walkers are safely stored in one of several strategic locations on each bus.

The Workshop on a Bus will drive around the city, making stops at key locations. Guest speakers will board the bus to describe their programs and services. Their descriptions will help participants understand the many available options for them to consider.

The Brantford Public Library, the Grand River Community Health Centre, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre all feature very interesting and varied programs and services geared toward older adults.

After the bus tour, this free event will feature a light lunch, door prizes and entertainment.

There are two easy ways to register for this great morning: online at workshoponabus.eventbrite.ca or by phone at 519-754-0777, ext. 439.

Speaking of transportation, the core committee for the Age-Friendly Community Summit is pleased to announce limited transportation for people wishing to attend any of its summit gatherings.

The next meeting, the third gathering, which will focus on social participation, is Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Six Nations Tourism, located on Chiefswood Road in Ohsweken.

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. To register online go to gathering3.eventbrite.ca or call 519-754-0777, ext. 439. If you require transportation in order to attend the gatherings, please mention that at the time of registration.

We are so pleased to offer readers two more opportunities for leisure and education. You can choose a friendly, informative and fun half-day spent in the company of other older adults at Workshop on a Bus.

You can also lend your voice and opinion to the Age-Friendly Community Summit. And the best part is that, with free transportation, getting there is no problem.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: How are you getting there?

GRCOA hosts third annual Workshop on a Bus Oct. 1

Opinion Sep 17, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

What’s your favourite way of getting around? How do you get from point A to B? Do you live in the City of Brantford?

For many of us, the answers are simple … we get around in our cars.  Where we live doesn’t affect our ability to get around in our community.

Moving around our community enables us to engage in life to the fullest. If we are employed, we need transportation to get us to work each day. If we volunteer and the activity isn’t within walking distance, we need a way to get there.  We may need to visit a family physician or dentist, take a pet to the vet, or attend weekly worship. The needs for transportation are endless. They are all different and unique, just like people.

What do people do without a personal car or driver?

The City of Brantford has an economical and reasonable alternative for you to consider.

City buses are a reliable mode of transportation. In Brantford, there are two choices of bus transit available for citizens: regular transit and specialized transit for people with disabilities.

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) hosts its Workshop on a Bus on Oct. 1 every year.  This is the day designated by the federal government as National Seniors Day in Canada.  The date was selected to coincide with the International Day of the Elder Person. Communities around the world will be coming together that day to celebrate and promote healthy, active aging.

This year, GRCOA will host its third annual Workshop on a Bus on Thursday, Oct. 1. For that one day, the bus becomes a classroom.

This is an age-friendly event and is open to everyone. There is limited seating so participants are encouraged to register early.

There will be two designated pick-up locations to board the bus. You can meet the bus at the downtown bus terminal, or drive to the Airport Community Centre, located at 3 Airport Rd. in the County of Brant, to join the group there.

Once everyone has arrived at the airport, the tour will begin. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m.

While the primary objective of the day is to celebrate seniors and their many worthy accomplishments, organizers plan to describe the many positive benefits of choosing transit to get around the city.

City buses are engineering marvels. You won’t believe the many age-friendly features found on these mammoth machines. Bus drivers will demonstrate the bus kneeling – lowering parallel to the curb – making travel easier for persons in wheelchairs or pushing a stroller.

Speaking of bus drivers, these skilled and accomplished individuals aim to please. Seniors and persons with disabilities are top-priority for the transit department and drivers are there to ensure that everyone is seated safely and comfortably before the bus moves into traffic. They also ensure that wheelchairs, strollers and walkers are safely stored in one of several strategic locations on each bus.

The Workshop on a Bus will drive around the city, making stops at key locations. Guest speakers will board the bus to describe their programs and services. Their descriptions will help participants understand the many available options for them to consider.

The Brantford Public Library, the Grand River Community Health Centre, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre all feature very interesting and varied programs and services geared toward older adults.

After the bus tour, this free event will feature a light lunch, door prizes and entertainment.

There are two easy ways to register for this great morning: online at workshoponabus.eventbrite.ca or by phone at 519-754-0777, ext. 439.

Speaking of transportation, the core committee for the Age-Friendly Community Summit is pleased to announce limited transportation for people wishing to attend any of its summit gatherings.

The next meeting, the third gathering, which will focus on social participation, is Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Six Nations Tourism, located on Chiefswood Road in Ohsweken.

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. To register online go to gathering3.eventbrite.ca or call 519-754-0777, ext. 439. If you require transportation in order to attend the gatherings, please mention that at the time of registration.

We are so pleased to offer readers two more opportunities for leisure and education. You can choose a friendly, informative and fun half-day spent in the company of other older adults at Workshop on a Bus.

You can also lend your voice and opinion to the Age-Friendly Community Summit. And the best part is that, with free transportation, getting there is no problem.