FOCUS ON SENIORS: CARP drawing a crowd

Opinion May 02, 2016 by Gary Chalk Brant News

If you need something done, get a busy person to do it.

This is exactly what the Brantford chapter of CARP – formerly the Canadian Association of Retired Persons – did when the time came to organize their upcoming annual Seniors’ Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 11, at the Brantford and District Civic Centre.

However, the person they selected to head up the ambitious project is both busy and retired.

Gord Mewhiney, 72, has been retired for five years. However, being retired is a bit of a misnomer.

“For me helping others is a labour of love,” Mewhiney says.

Since taking up the task of organizing next Wednesday's resource fair for CARP, Mewhiney has immersed himself into the project. All the while he maintains his other volunteer positions.

When Mewhiney retired he immediately became involved with Snooker Canada. He now serves on their board. He is also on the board of directors of the Ontario Senior Games Association and serves as the district co-ordinator for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk region.

Mewhiney joined the local CARP chapter when someone suggested that he is a senior with a proven skillset that could assist the local organization which represents 1,600 members.

“CARP is a national organization with 60 chapters across Canada with over 300,000 members,” Mewhiney said. "In Brantford our chapter was created many years ago and is flourishing.

“CARP is recognized for its leadership providing assistance for seniors. It’s all about making their lives easier whether helping keeping a person’s benefits up to date or advocating on issues such as legal assisted death.”

Brantford’s Seniors' Resource Fair continues to grow in popularity. Today, it is the largest fundraiser of all the CARP shows right across Canada. Last year’s event attracted almost 2,000 people.

This year the show will be even larger. Attendees can expect to view over 100 exhibits and receive lots of free advice and valuable information on everything from senior’s health services, finances, gardening and physical fitness. As well, government agencies will be attendance.

Wanda Morris, the national vice-president of CARP, will be among the special guests.

“It is surprising the number of people who come out who are not seniors,” Mewhiney said.

“Caregivers and children of seniors appreciate the opportunity to pick up the latest information that may help them when the time comes to care for their parents. It isn’t a waste of time for anybody. I encourage everybody to attend.”

The Grand River Council on Aging will once again be at the fair.

“We always have a large booth each year which gives us the opportunity to dialogue with those who attend the fair,” said Lucy Marco, a board member of the Grand River Council on Aging. “This allows us to gather important information to assist with development of our go-forward plans for Brantford and Brant to become an age-friendly community.”

The Brantford and District Civic Centre is a perfect location for the event with its convenient, free parking and easily accessible entrances and washrooms.

Mewhiney says that this year an improved sound system and assistance of students will add to the experience.

“The dynamics between students and seniors is phenomenal,” he said. "Student volunteers will help retrieve information, complete exit interviews and be visible at the comfort stations.

“Last year people were lined up at the doors to get in. We expect even more interest in this year’s seniors’ resource fair. There is no admission and there is lots of room for everyone.”

FOCUS ON SENIORS: CARP drawing a crowd

More than 2,500 expected for Seniors’ Resource Fair on May 11

Opinion May 02, 2016 by Gary Chalk Brant News

If you need something done, get a busy person to do it.

This is exactly what the Brantford chapter of CARP – formerly the Canadian Association of Retired Persons – did when the time came to organize their upcoming annual Seniors’ Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 11, at the Brantford and District Civic Centre.

However, the person they selected to head up the ambitious project is both busy and retired.

Gord Mewhiney, 72, has been retired for five years. However, being retired is a bit of a misnomer.

“For me helping others is a labour of love,” Mewhiney says.

Since taking up the task of organizing next Wednesday's resource fair for CARP, Mewhiney has immersed himself into the project. All the while he maintains his other volunteer positions.

When Mewhiney retired he immediately became involved with Snooker Canada. He now serves on their board. He is also on the board of directors of the Ontario Senior Games Association and serves as the district co-ordinator for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk region.

Mewhiney joined the local CARP chapter when someone suggested that he is a senior with a proven skillset that could assist the local organization which represents 1,600 members.

“CARP is a national organization with 60 chapters across Canada with over 300,000 members,” Mewhiney said. "In Brantford our chapter was created many years ago and is flourishing.

“CARP is recognized for its leadership providing assistance for seniors. It’s all about making their lives easier whether helping keeping a person’s benefits up to date or advocating on issues such as legal assisted death.”

Brantford’s Seniors' Resource Fair continues to grow in popularity. Today, it is the largest fundraiser of all the CARP shows right across Canada. Last year’s event attracted almost 2,000 people.

This year the show will be even larger. Attendees can expect to view over 100 exhibits and receive lots of free advice and valuable information on everything from senior’s health services, finances, gardening and physical fitness. As well, government agencies will be attendance.

Wanda Morris, the national vice-president of CARP, will be among the special guests.

“It is surprising the number of people who come out who are not seniors,” Mewhiney said.

“Caregivers and children of seniors appreciate the opportunity to pick up the latest information that may help them when the time comes to care for their parents. It isn’t a waste of time for anybody. I encourage everybody to attend.”

The Grand River Council on Aging will once again be at the fair.

“We always have a large booth each year which gives us the opportunity to dialogue with those who attend the fair,” said Lucy Marco, a board member of the Grand River Council on Aging. “This allows us to gather important information to assist with development of our go-forward plans for Brantford and Brant to become an age-friendly community.”

The Brantford and District Civic Centre is a perfect location for the event with its convenient, free parking and easily accessible entrances and washrooms.

Mewhiney says that this year an improved sound system and assistance of students will add to the experience.

“The dynamics between students and seniors is phenomenal,” he said. "Student volunteers will help retrieve information, complete exit interviews and be visible at the comfort stations.

“Last year people were lined up at the doors to get in. We expect even more interest in this year’s seniors’ resource fair. There is no admission and there is lots of room for everyone.”

FOCUS ON SENIORS: CARP drawing a crowd

More than 2,500 expected for Seniors’ Resource Fair on May 11

Opinion May 02, 2016 by Gary Chalk Brant News

If you need something done, get a busy person to do it.

This is exactly what the Brantford chapter of CARP – formerly the Canadian Association of Retired Persons – did when the time came to organize their upcoming annual Seniors’ Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 11, at the Brantford and District Civic Centre.

However, the person they selected to head up the ambitious project is both busy and retired.

Gord Mewhiney, 72, has been retired for five years. However, being retired is a bit of a misnomer.

“For me helping others is a labour of love,” Mewhiney says.

Since taking up the task of organizing next Wednesday's resource fair for CARP, Mewhiney has immersed himself into the project. All the while he maintains his other volunteer positions.

When Mewhiney retired he immediately became involved with Snooker Canada. He now serves on their board. He is also on the board of directors of the Ontario Senior Games Association and serves as the district co-ordinator for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk region.

Mewhiney joined the local CARP chapter when someone suggested that he is a senior with a proven skillset that could assist the local organization which represents 1,600 members.

“CARP is a national organization with 60 chapters across Canada with over 300,000 members,” Mewhiney said. "In Brantford our chapter was created many years ago and is flourishing.

“CARP is recognized for its leadership providing assistance for seniors. It’s all about making their lives easier whether helping keeping a person’s benefits up to date or advocating on issues such as legal assisted death.”

Brantford’s Seniors' Resource Fair continues to grow in popularity. Today, it is the largest fundraiser of all the CARP shows right across Canada. Last year’s event attracted almost 2,000 people.

This year the show will be even larger. Attendees can expect to view over 100 exhibits and receive lots of free advice and valuable information on everything from senior’s health services, finances, gardening and physical fitness. As well, government agencies will be attendance.

Wanda Morris, the national vice-president of CARP, will be among the special guests.

“It is surprising the number of people who come out who are not seniors,” Mewhiney said.

“Caregivers and children of seniors appreciate the opportunity to pick up the latest information that may help them when the time comes to care for their parents. It isn’t a waste of time for anybody. I encourage everybody to attend.”

The Grand River Council on Aging will once again be at the fair.

“We always have a large booth each year which gives us the opportunity to dialogue with those who attend the fair,” said Lucy Marco, a board member of the Grand River Council on Aging. “This allows us to gather important information to assist with development of our go-forward plans for Brantford and Brant to become an age-friendly community.”

The Brantford and District Civic Centre is a perfect location for the event with its convenient, free parking and easily accessible entrances and washrooms.

Mewhiney says that this year an improved sound system and assistance of students will add to the experience.

“The dynamics between students and seniors is phenomenal,” he said. "Student volunteers will help retrieve information, complete exit interviews and be visible at the comfort stations.

“Last year people were lined up at the doors to get in. We expect even more interest in this year’s seniors’ resource fair. There is no admission and there is lots of room for everyone.”