FOCUS ON SENIORS: A time for giving thanks

Opinion Oct 15, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The month of October for Canadians is a time for gratitude and appreciation.

This is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving and it begins with a day set aside to celebrate seniors.

Thursday, Oct. 1, was National Seniors Day. Throughout the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, there were several celebrations to mark the day.

The Grand River Council on Aging joined in the fun, proudly hosting its third annual “Workshop on a Bus.”

This workshop could not have been possible without the support and co-operation of a number of key sponsors and contributors. More importantly, their participation ensured the event was at no cost to the seniors who rode along with us.

First, we give thanks to the City of Brantford.

City council supported our workshop by waiving the charter fees for the bus and providing us with a driver for the day.  Back by popular demand for the third year, Dale Longstreet, a trainer with the transit department, was our driver.

Longstreet acknowledged that he always looks forward to the day with us. He enjoys the fellowship and camaraderie with seniors. As a 20-year employee of the City of Brantford, he’s very proud of the transit department and this special day gives him an opportunity to showcase the remarkable fleet.

We are grateful to the County of Brant also. Their generosity allowed us to use the Airport Community Centre for the day.

This pleasant facility has many age-friendly features. The newly paved parking lot provides a smooth surface that can be easily negotiated by anyone in a wheelchair or using another assistive device. It’s an excellent walking surface as well.

There is a choice of a ramp or steps to reach the main doors, that can be opened by hand or by pushing a button for the automatic opener. Washrooms are in close proximity to the meeting hall and the main room is large and inviting.

We gathered at the hall in the morning for registration. Brantford Mayor Chris Friel, who brought greetings from the city, kicked off the event by issuing a warm welcome to everyone.

It was rewarding to see the electronic banner on the bus proudly proclaiming “National Seniors Day.”  After a group photo huddled together on a cold, blustery day, everyone gladly escaped into the welcome warmth of the bus.

Longstreet patiently reviewed each age-friendly feature found on all city buses. Then we were on our way.

The tour made stops at the Brantford Public Library, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

At each location, speakers boarded the bus to provide an overview of their programs and services.  With the bus, as in the classroom, the seniors were avid, well-behaved students.

The Grand River Council on Aging wishes to thank its partners and supporters for this event and to commend them for their community spirit and civic pride.   

And so hurrah to the Brantford Public Library, applause for the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, praise to the Grand River Community Health Centre and kudos to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Your talks educated, enlightened and entertained.

Heartfelt appreciation and thanks go to two local seniors residences.

First, lunch was provided by Seasons Bell Lane, where chef Eric Wasylenky provided a wonderful meal. Delicious wraps and sandwiches with various fillings were attractively displayed. People raved about the taste and quality.

Second, administrator Ruby Toor and activity director Keith Barrett of Amberlea Place Retirement Home provided yummy tarts and squares for dessert.

Going above and beyond, both groups not only prepared and donated the food, they also hand-delivered their offerings to the hall just in time for hungry seniors.

Partnership, sponsorship and collaboration works.

With the support of the city and county, we had our bus, driver and hall. At the four tour stops, Laura, Nadine, Kaitlyn and Katie provided excellent overviews of the programs and services on offer at their locations. Eric, Ruby and Keith provided a beautiful luncheon. We couldn’t have done it without you.

And finally, to the volunteers and staff members of the Grand River Council on Aging, a debt of gratitude for the planning and implementation of another successful event. You work so hard to educate and inform, to promote the voice of seniors and to create a community for a lifetime.   

We give thanks to everyone for our third annual Workshop on a Bus.

See you next year.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: A time for giving thanks

Third annual Workshop on a Bus a success

Opinion Oct 15, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The month of October for Canadians is a time for gratitude and appreciation.

This is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving and it begins with a day set aside to celebrate seniors.

Thursday, Oct. 1, was National Seniors Day. Throughout the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, there were several celebrations to mark the day.

The Grand River Council on Aging joined in the fun, proudly hosting its third annual “Workshop on a Bus.”

This workshop could not have been possible without the support and co-operation of a number of key sponsors and contributors. More importantly, their participation ensured the event was at no cost to the seniors who rode along with us.

First, we give thanks to the City of Brantford.

City council supported our workshop by waiving the charter fees for the bus and providing us with a driver for the day.  Back by popular demand for the third year, Dale Longstreet, a trainer with the transit department, was our driver.

Longstreet acknowledged that he always looks forward to the day with us. He enjoys the fellowship and camaraderie with seniors. As a 20-year employee of the City of Brantford, he’s very proud of the transit department and this special day gives him an opportunity to showcase the remarkable fleet.

We are grateful to the County of Brant also. Their generosity allowed us to use the Airport Community Centre for the day.

This pleasant facility has many age-friendly features. The newly paved parking lot provides a smooth surface that can be easily negotiated by anyone in a wheelchair or using another assistive device. It’s an excellent walking surface as well.

There is a choice of a ramp or steps to reach the main doors, that can be opened by hand or by pushing a button for the automatic opener. Washrooms are in close proximity to the meeting hall and the main room is large and inviting.

We gathered at the hall in the morning for registration. Brantford Mayor Chris Friel, who brought greetings from the city, kicked off the event by issuing a warm welcome to everyone.

It was rewarding to see the electronic banner on the bus proudly proclaiming “National Seniors Day.”  After a group photo huddled together on a cold, blustery day, everyone gladly escaped into the welcome warmth of the bus.

Longstreet patiently reviewed each age-friendly feature found on all city buses. Then we were on our way.

The tour made stops at the Brantford Public Library, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

At each location, speakers boarded the bus to provide an overview of their programs and services.  With the bus, as in the classroom, the seniors were avid, well-behaved students.

The Grand River Council on Aging wishes to thank its partners and supporters for this event and to commend them for their community spirit and civic pride.   

And so hurrah to the Brantford Public Library, applause for the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, praise to the Grand River Community Health Centre and kudos to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Your talks educated, enlightened and entertained.

Heartfelt appreciation and thanks go to two local seniors residences.

First, lunch was provided by Seasons Bell Lane, where chef Eric Wasylenky provided a wonderful meal. Delicious wraps and sandwiches with various fillings were attractively displayed. People raved about the taste and quality.

Second, administrator Ruby Toor and activity director Keith Barrett of Amberlea Place Retirement Home provided yummy tarts and squares for dessert.

Going above and beyond, both groups not only prepared and donated the food, they also hand-delivered their offerings to the hall just in time for hungry seniors.

Partnership, sponsorship and collaboration works.

With the support of the city and county, we had our bus, driver and hall. At the four tour stops, Laura, Nadine, Kaitlyn and Katie provided excellent overviews of the programs and services on offer at their locations. Eric, Ruby and Keith provided a beautiful luncheon. We couldn’t have done it without you.

And finally, to the volunteers and staff members of the Grand River Council on Aging, a debt of gratitude for the planning and implementation of another successful event. You work so hard to educate and inform, to promote the voice of seniors and to create a community for a lifetime.   

We give thanks to everyone for our third annual Workshop on a Bus.

See you next year.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: A time for giving thanks

Third annual Workshop on a Bus a success

Opinion Oct 15, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The month of October for Canadians is a time for gratitude and appreciation.

This is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving and it begins with a day set aside to celebrate seniors.

Thursday, Oct. 1, was National Seniors Day. Throughout the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, there were several celebrations to mark the day.

The Grand River Council on Aging joined in the fun, proudly hosting its third annual “Workshop on a Bus.”

This workshop could not have been possible without the support and co-operation of a number of key sponsors and contributors. More importantly, their participation ensured the event was at no cost to the seniors who rode along with us.

First, we give thanks to the City of Brantford.

City council supported our workshop by waiving the charter fees for the bus and providing us with a driver for the day.  Back by popular demand for the third year, Dale Longstreet, a trainer with the transit department, was our driver.

Longstreet acknowledged that he always looks forward to the day with us. He enjoys the fellowship and camaraderie with seniors. As a 20-year employee of the City of Brantford, he’s very proud of the transit department and this special day gives him an opportunity to showcase the remarkable fleet.

We are grateful to the County of Brant also. Their generosity allowed us to use the Airport Community Centre for the day.

This pleasant facility has many age-friendly features. The newly paved parking lot provides a smooth surface that can be easily negotiated by anyone in a wheelchair or using another assistive device. It’s an excellent walking surface as well.

There is a choice of a ramp or steps to reach the main doors, that can be opened by hand or by pushing a button for the automatic opener. Washrooms are in close proximity to the meeting hall and the main room is large and inviting.

We gathered at the hall in the morning for registration. Brantford Mayor Chris Friel, who brought greetings from the city, kicked off the event by issuing a warm welcome to everyone.

It was rewarding to see the electronic banner on the bus proudly proclaiming “National Seniors Day.”  After a group photo huddled together on a cold, blustery day, everyone gladly escaped into the welcome warmth of the bus.

Longstreet patiently reviewed each age-friendly feature found on all city buses. Then we were on our way.

The tour made stops at the Brantford Public Library, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

At each location, speakers boarded the bus to provide an overview of their programs and services.  With the bus, as in the classroom, the seniors were avid, well-behaved students.

The Grand River Council on Aging wishes to thank its partners and supporters for this event and to commend them for their community spirit and civic pride.   

And so hurrah to the Brantford Public Library, applause for the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, praise to the Grand River Community Health Centre and kudos to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Your talks educated, enlightened and entertained.

Heartfelt appreciation and thanks go to two local seniors residences.

First, lunch was provided by Seasons Bell Lane, where chef Eric Wasylenky provided a wonderful meal. Delicious wraps and sandwiches with various fillings were attractively displayed. People raved about the taste and quality.

Second, administrator Ruby Toor and activity director Keith Barrett of Amberlea Place Retirement Home provided yummy tarts and squares for dessert.

Going above and beyond, both groups not only prepared and donated the food, they also hand-delivered their offerings to the hall just in time for hungry seniors.

Partnership, sponsorship and collaboration works.

With the support of the city and county, we had our bus, driver and hall. At the four tour stops, Laura, Nadine, Kaitlyn and Katie provided excellent overviews of the programs and services on offer at their locations. Eric, Ruby and Keith provided a beautiful luncheon. We couldn’t have done it without you.

And finally, to the volunteers and staff members of the Grand River Council on Aging, a debt of gratitude for the planning and implementation of another successful event. You work so hard to educate and inform, to promote the voice of seniors and to create a community for a lifetime.   

We give thanks to everyone for our third annual Workshop on a Bus.

See you next year.