FOCUS ON SENIORS: Board wishes a fond farewell to Dr. Jean Kincade

Opinion Jul 08, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

This month, the Grand River Council on Aging board of directors bids farewell to vice-president Dr. Jean Kincade.

Kincade retired from the School of Medicine Center for Aging and Health at the University of North Carolina in May 2006. She and her niece Donna Kincade chose Brantford as their community of choice in which to retire.

Lucy Marco has often said, “Jean retired and moved to Brantford and we’re so glad she did!”

The need for comprehensive planning for seniors was first identified by the Task Force on Issues Pertaining to Seniors and the Disabled.

Dr. Kincade told of her participation in the development and implementation of two five-year Master Aging Plans in Orange County, North Carolina. When she suggested that a similar process could be used to develop a planning document for Brantford and Brant County, many community agencies expressed interest in becoming involved in the plan.  

In March 2007, a community presentation led to an invitation to make a report to Brantford city council in April 2007.

Things progressed very quickly after that and a Master Aging Plan (MAP) for Brantford and Brant County, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, was published in 2008.

The MAP highlights issues of interest or concern to seniors including transportation, housing, recreation, leisure, safety and health care. Prepared with input from community stakeholders and seniors, it is a plan “by the community for the community.” The MAP aims to develop an age-friendly community for a lifetime.

In November 2010, Kincade and Marco became members of the board of directors for the newly created Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA).

As an incorporated non-profit research and planning body, the GRCOA also assumed responsibility for the implementation of the MAP.

Together, the women have shared the leadership of the organization, with Marco as president and Kincade as vice-president.

The two women hit it off, quickly becoming friends and colleagues. Often referred to as the “Lucy and Jean Roadshow,” they have spent the past eight years working together to promote the realities of the changing demographics and growing numbers of people over 55.  

Kincade is a quiet and unassuming woman. She is quick to deflect compliments, preferring to share any accolades with others, such as the board or staff members.

That’s OK to a point. However, it must be emphasized that it was she who got us thinking about healthy aging, talking about the needs of older adults and how we might address their areas of concern through effective planning.

There is no question that Kincade brought us the MAP. In fact, she has provided solid leadership and guidance navigating through the goals, objectives and 99 recommendations the end result contains.

Over the years, Kincade has made presentations to both City of Brantford and County of Brant councils.

She has co-led training and educational webinars with Marco. They attend the bimonthly meetings of the South Western Ontario Age-Friendly Network.

Together, they have taken the ‘roadshow’ to Parry Sound, Kingston, Niagara, Oxford County and Cambridge, just to name a few communities that have asked for expert guidance and support.

As a board member of the GRCOA, Kincade is diligent and hard-working. Having done her homework, she is always prepared at meetings.

She seldom speaks, but when she does, her comments are well-thought out and knowledgeable. Her input and guidance are always welcomed. She is an excellent communicator.

Kincade is always the first to volunteer for any event or activity planned by the GRCOA.

She has been at the CARP Fair booth, on the bus for the annual Workshop on a Bus, working the registration table for the Hazel McCallion event, and at the Lynden Park Mall celebrating National Seniors Day.  

She is a member of the core planning group for the Age-Friendly Community Summit and has facilitated small group discussions at the six gatherings held to date.

Kincade has also taken part in an annual review conducted by the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS). In fact, she is currently the vice-chair of the BCHS and is slated to become the next chair.

It’s very difficult to adequately capture and record the importance and value of the work she is contributing to this community on behalf of older adults and seniors.  

Jean, we wish you continued health and vitality as you continue to chart new directions for your personal journey.

Thank you for the MAP …  and so much more.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Board wishes a fond farewell to Dr. Jean Kincade

Dr. Kincade has been a tireless advocate for Brantford and Brant County’s older adults and seniors

Opinion Jul 08, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

This month, the Grand River Council on Aging board of directors bids farewell to vice-president Dr. Jean Kincade.

Kincade retired from the School of Medicine Center for Aging and Health at the University of North Carolina in May 2006. She and her niece Donna Kincade chose Brantford as their community of choice in which to retire.

Lucy Marco has often said, “Jean retired and moved to Brantford and we’re so glad she did!”

The need for comprehensive planning for seniors was first identified by the Task Force on Issues Pertaining to Seniors and the Disabled.

Dr. Kincade told of her participation in the development and implementation of two five-year Master Aging Plans in Orange County, North Carolina. When she suggested that a similar process could be used to develop a planning document for Brantford and Brant County, many community agencies expressed interest in becoming involved in the plan.  

In March 2007, a community presentation led to an invitation to make a report to Brantford city council in April 2007.

Things progressed very quickly after that and a Master Aging Plan (MAP) for Brantford and Brant County, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, was published in 2008.

The MAP highlights issues of interest or concern to seniors including transportation, housing, recreation, leisure, safety and health care. Prepared with input from community stakeholders and seniors, it is a plan “by the community for the community.” The MAP aims to develop an age-friendly community for a lifetime.

In November 2010, Kincade and Marco became members of the board of directors for the newly created Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA).

As an incorporated non-profit research and planning body, the GRCOA also assumed responsibility for the implementation of the MAP.

Together, the women have shared the leadership of the organization, with Marco as president and Kincade as vice-president.

The two women hit it off, quickly becoming friends and colleagues. Often referred to as the “Lucy and Jean Roadshow,” they have spent the past eight years working together to promote the realities of the changing demographics and growing numbers of people over 55.  

Kincade is a quiet and unassuming woman. She is quick to deflect compliments, preferring to share any accolades with others, such as the board or staff members.

That’s OK to a point. However, it must be emphasized that it was she who got us thinking about healthy aging, talking about the needs of older adults and how we might address their areas of concern through effective planning.

There is no question that Kincade brought us the MAP. In fact, she has provided solid leadership and guidance navigating through the goals, objectives and 99 recommendations the end result contains.

Over the years, Kincade has made presentations to both City of Brantford and County of Brant councils.

She has co-led training and educational webinars with Marco. They attend the bimonthly meetings of the South Western Ontario Age-Friendly Network.

Together, they have taken the ‘roadshow’ to Parry Sound, Kingston, Niagara, Oxford County and Cambridge, just to name a few communities that have asked for expert guidance and support.

As a board member of the GRCOA, Kincade is diligent and hard-working. Having done her homework, she is always prepared at meetings.

She seldom speaks, but when she does, her comments are well-thought out and knowledgeable. Her input and guidance are always welcomed. She is an excellent communicator.

Kincade is always the first to volunteer for any event or activity planned by the GRCOA.

She has been at the CARP Fair booth, on the bus for the annual Workshop on a Bus, working the registration table for the Hazel McCallion event, and at the Lynden Park Mall celebrating National Seniors Day.  

She is a member of the core planning group for the Age-Friendly Community Summit and has facilitated small group discussions at the six gatherings held to date.

Kincade has also taken part in an annual review conducted by the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS). In fact, she is currently the vice-chair of the BCHS and is slated to become the next chair.

It’s very difficult to adequately capture and record the importance and value of the work she is contributing to this community on behalf of older adults and seniors.  

Jean, we wish you continued health and vitality as you continue to chart new directions for your personal journey.

Thank you for the MAP …  and so much more.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Board wishes a fond farewell to Dr. Jean Kincade

Dr. Kincade has been a tireless advocate for Brantford and Brant County’s older adults and seniors

Opinion Jul 08, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

This month, the Grand River Council on Aging board of directors bids farewell to vice-president Dr. Jean Kincade.

Kincade retired from the School of Medicine Center for Aging and Health at the University of North Carolina in May 2006. She and her niece Donna Kincade chose Brantford as their community of choice in which to retire.

Lucy Marco has often said, “Jean retired and moved to Brantford and we’re so glad she did!”

The need for comprehensive planning for seniors was first identified by the Task Force on Issues Pertaining to Seniors and the Disabled.

Dr. Kincade told of her participation in the development and implementation of two five-year Master Aging Plans in Orange County, North Carolina. When she suggested that a similar process could be used to develop a planning document for Brantford and Brant County, many community agencies expressed interest in becoming involved in the plan.  

In March 2007, a community presentation led to an invitation to make a report to Brantford city council in April 2007.

Things progressed very quickly after that and a Master Aging Plan (MAP) for Brantford and Brant County, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, was published in 2008.

The MAP highlights issues of interest or concern to seniors including transportation, housing, recreation, leisure, safety and health care. Prepared with input from community stakeholders and seniors, it is a plan “by the community for the community.” The MAP aims to develop an age-friendly community for a lifetime.

In November 2010, Kincade and Marco became members of the board of directors for the newly created Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA).

As an incorporated non-profit research and planning body, the GRCOA also assumed responsibility for the implementation of the MAP.

Together, the women have shared the leadership of the organization, with Marco as president and Kincade as vice-president.

The two women hit it off, quickly becoming friends and colleagues. Often referred to as the “Lucy and Jean Roadshow,” they have spent the past eight years working together to promote the realities of the changing demographics and growing numbers of people over 55.  

Kincade is a quiet and unassuming woman. She is quick to deflect compliments, preferring to share any accolades with others, such as the board or staff members.

That’s OK to a point. However, it must be emphasized that it was she who got us thinking about healthy aging, talking about the needs of older adults and how we might address their areas of concern through effective planning.

There is no question that Kincade brought us the MAP. In fact, she has provided solid leadership and guidance navigating through the goals, objectives and 99 recommendations the end result contains.

Over the years, Kincade has made presentations to both City of Brantford and County of Brant councils.

She has co-led training and educational webinars with Marco. They attend the bimonthly meetings of the South Western Ontario Age-Friendly Network.

Together, they have taken the ‘roadshow’ to Parry Sound, Kingston, Niagara, Oxford County and Cambridge, just to name a few communities that have asked for expert guidance and support.

As a board member of the GRCOA, Kincade is diligent and hard-working. Having done her homework, she is always prepared at meetings.

She seldom speaks, but when she does, her comments are well-thought out and knowledgeable. Her input and guidance are always welcomed. She is an excellent communicator.

Kincade is always the first to volunteer for any event or activity planned by the GRCOA.

She has been at the CARP Fair booth, on the bus for the annual Workshop on a Bus, working the registration table for the Hazel McCallion event, and at the Lynden Park Mall celebrating National Seniors Day.  

She is a member of the core planning group for the Age-Friendly Community Summit and has facilitated small group discussions at the six gatherings held to date.

Kincade has also taken part in an annual review conducted by the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS). In fact, she is currently the vice-chair of the BCHS and is slated to become the next chair.

It’s very difficult to adequately capture and record the importance and value of the work she is contributing to this community on behalf of older adults and seniors.  

Jean, we wish you continued health and vitality as you continue to chart new directions for your personal journey.

Thank you for the MAP …  and so much more.