FOCUS ON SENIORS: The Workshop on a Bus goes round and round...

Opinion Oct 06, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The fourth annual Workshop on a Bus, held Friday in celebration of National Seniors Day, was another success. A dull, gloomy morning was quickly brightened by the energy and enthusiasm of our passengers as they arrived for the event. Tea, coffee, pastries and sweets were offered to passengers to start the day.  

The response was so great this year that two buses were required to accommodate the number of people registered. As the buses arrived, it was great to see the electronic readers on the front of the buses adjusted to read “Happy National Seniors Day.” Later, driving around town, it was noticed that all city buses were displaying this message.

Dale Longstreet, a trainer with the city, has been part of this event since the beginning. It’s always so great to see him pull up in front of the Airport Community Centre. This year he was joined by inspector Doug Ottman who drove bus No. 2. Both men, looking clean and crisp in their uniforms, had gone over the planned route in advance and were prepared to showcase the marvellous buses, owned and operated by Brantford Transit.

The primary objective of this workshop is to encourage people to consider riding the bus when driving a car is no longer an option. For many people, the thought of riding a bus can be frightening and intimidating to consider.

Hopping on the bus with a friend or two for this annual event is a completely different matter. It becomes an adventure to be shared.

During their time on the bus, the passengers do not disembark. Instead, at each stop, a guest joins the group by climbing aboard to give a presentation about the programs and services for seniors offered at their location.  

To make it easier for everyone to hear what is said, portable amplifiers with microphones are used by the presenters on each bus.  

Before we left on tour, Dale gave a brief overview of the age-friendly features found on each bus. Modern buses can lower down to be level with the curb and are also equipped with a folding ramp. This is great for people using canes, walkers or wheelchairs and for parents using strollers.  

Once on board, there is a special seating area for people using wheelchairs. For added safety, wheelchairs and strollers can be locked in place so they don’t roll with the bus movement.  

Approaching bus stops are announced in two ways. There is an electronic reader at the front of the bus where passengers can read the name of each stop.  At the same time, passengers can hear as each stop is announced over a sound system. 

Other age-friendly features include the floors and windows. The slip-resistant surface on the bus floor is easy and safe to navigate. Large windows from ceiling to waist height allow for natural lighting while providing great visibility for passengers to see where they’re going.  

Modern technology has improved the ride, too.  Today’s bus ride is comparable to some passenger trucks. The embroidered plush seats are also quite comfortable. 

Stopping at the Brantford Public Library, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, passengers were treated to wonderful presentations at each.  

Year after year, new programs and services for older adults and seniors are added to the rosters. Information about other bus trips was quite popular.

Arriving back at the Airport Community Centre, passengers were greeted by MPP Dave Levac and city councillor John Utley, who brought messages of congratulations for celebrating National Seniors Day.  

A delicious luncheon of sandwiches, salads and sweets followed.  

Each passenger received a bag donated by the Brantford Public Library or TA Appliances. People were offered a variety of goodies and information to put in their goody bags. Door prizes included plants and a gift bag filled with items. 

Various partnerships covered the expenses for the day which allowed the event to be free for the GRCOA to host and for the participants to attend.  

The Grand River Council on Aging is grateful to all participants for your contribution to making this a great celebration. A sincere thank you to the Brantford Public Library, the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Brantford Transit, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre, Queensview Retirement Community, Tranquility Place and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.  

Thank you so much for sharing this day with the Grand River Council on Aging.   

FOCUS ON SENIORS: The Workshop on a Bus goes round and round...

Opinion Oct 06, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The fourth annual Workshop on a Bus, held Friday in celebration of National Seniors Day, was another success. A dull, gloomy morning was quickly brightened by the energy and enthusiasm of our passengers as they arrived for the event. Tea, coffee, pastries and sweets were offered to passengers to start the day.  

The response was so great this year that two buses were required to accommodate the number of people registered. As the buses arrived, it was great to see the electronic readers on the front of the buses adjusted to read “Happy National Seniors Day.” Later, driving around town, it was noticed that all city buses were displaying this message.

Dale Longstreet, a trainer with the city, has been part of this event since the beginning. It’s always so great to see him pull up in front of the Airport Community Centre. This year he was joined by inspector Doug Ottman who drove bus No. 2. Both men, looking clean and crisp in their uniforms, had gone over the planned route in advance and were prepared to showcase the marvellous buses, owned and operated by Brantford Transit.

The primary objective of this workshop is to encourage people to consider riding the bus when driving a car is no longer an option. For many people, the thought of riding a bus can be frightening and intimidating to consider.

Hopping on the bus with a friend or two for this annual event is a completely different matter. It becomes an adventure to be shared.

During their time on the bus, the passengers do not disembark. Instead, at each stop, a guest joins the group by climbing aboard to give a presentation about the programs and services for seniors offered at their location.  

To make it easier for everyone to hear what is said, portable amplifiers with microphones are used by the presenters on each bus.  

Before we left on tour, Dale gave a brief overview of the age-friendly features found on each bus. Modern buses can lower down to be level with the curb and are also equipped with a folding ramp. This is great for people using canes, walkers or wheelchairs and for parents using strollers.  

Once on board, there is a special seating area for people using wheelchairs. For added safety, wheelchairs and strollers can be locked in place so they don’t roll with the bus movement.  

Approaching bus stops are announced in two ways. There is an electronic reader at the front of the bus where passengers can read the name of each stop.  At the same time, passengers can hear as each stop is announced over a sound system. 

Other age-friendly features include the floors and windows. The slip-resistant surface on the bus floor is easy and safe to navigate. Large windows from ceiling to waist height allow for natural lighting while providing great visibility for passengers to see where they’re going.  

Modern technology has improved the ride, too.  Today’s bus ride is comparable to some passenger trucks. The embroidered plush seats are also quite comfortable. 

Stopping at the Brantford Public Library, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, passengers were treated to wonderful presentations at each.  

Year after year, new programs and services for older adults and seniors are added to the rosters. Information about other bus trips was quite popular.

Arriving back at the Airport Community Centre, passengers were greeted by MPP Dave Levac and city councillor John Utley, who brought messages of congratulations for celebrating National Seniors Day.  

A delicious luncheon of sandwiches, salads and sweets followed.  

Each passenger received a bag donated by the Brantford Public Library or TA Appliances. People were offered a variety of goodies and information to put in their goody bags. Door prizes included plants and a gift bag filled with items. 

Various partnerships covered the expenses for the day which allowed the event to be free for the GRCOA to host and for the participants to attend.  

The Grand River Council on Aging is grateful to all participants for your contribution to making this a great celebration. A sincere thank you to the Brantford Public Library, the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Brantford Transit, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre, Queensview Retirement Community, Tranquility Place and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.  

Thank you so much for sharing this day with the Grand River Council on Aging.   

FOCUS ON SENIORS: The Workshop on a Bus goes round and round...

Opinion Oct 06, 2016 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The fourth annual Workshop on a Bus, held Friday in celebration of National Seniors Day, was another success. A dull, gloomy morning was quickly brightened by the energy and enthusiasm of our passengers as they arrived for the event. Tea, coffee, pastries and sweets were offered to passengers to start the day.  

The response was so great this year that two buses were required to accommodate the number of people registered. As the buses arrived, it was great to see the electronic readers on the front of the buses adjusted to read “Happy National Seniors Day.” Later, driving around town, it was noticed that all city buses were displaying this message.

Dale Longstreet, a trainer with the city, has been part of this event since the beginning. It’s always so great to see him pull up in front of the Airport Community Centre. This year he was joined by inspector Doug Ottman who drove bus No. 2. Both men, looking clean and crisp in their uniforms, had gone over the planned route in advance and were prepared to showcase the marvellous buses, owned and operated by Brantford Transit.

The primary objective of this workshop is to encourage people to consider riding the bus when driving a car is no longer an option. For many people, the thought of riding a bus can be frightening and intimidating to consider.

Hopping on the bus with a friend or two for this annual event is a completely different matter. It becomes an adventure to be shared.

During their time on the bus, the passengers do not disembark. Instead, at each stop, a guest joins the group by climbing aboard to give a presentation about the programs and services for seniors offered at their location.  

To make it easier for everyone to hear what is said, portable amplifiers with microphones are used by the presenters on each bus.  

Before we left on tour, Dale gave a brief overview of the age-friendly features found on each bus. Modern buses can lower down to be level with the curb and are also equipped with a folding ramp. This is great for people using canes, walkers or wheelchairs and for parents using strollers.  

Once on board, there is a special seating area for people using wheelchairs. For added safety, wheelchairs and strollers can be locked in place so they don’t roll with the bus movement.  

Approaching bus stops are announced in two ways. There is an electronic reader at the front of the bus where passengers can read the name of each stop.  At the same time, passengers can hear as each stop is announced over a sound system. 

Other age-friendly features include the floors and windows. The slip-resistant surface on the bus floor is easy and safe to navigate. Large windows from ceiling to waist height allow for natural lighting while providing great visibility for passengers to see where they’re going.  

Modern technology has improved the ride, too.  Today’s bus ride is comparable to some passenger trucks. The embroidered plush seats are also quite comfortable. 

Stopping at the Brantford Public Library, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, passengers were treated to wonderful presentations at each.  

Year after year, new programs and services for older adults and seniors are added to the rosters. Information about other bus trips was quite popular.

Arriving back at the Airport Community Centre, passengers were greeted by MPP Dave Levac and city councillor John Utley, who brought messages of congratulations for celebrating National Seniors Day.  

A delicious luncheon of sandwiches, salads and sweets followed.  

Each passenger received a bag donated by the Brantford Public Library or TA Appliances. People were offered a variety of goodies and information to put in their goody bags. Door prizes included plants and a gift bag filled with items. 

Various partnerships covered the expenses for the day which allowed the event to be free for the GRCOA to host and for the participants to attend.  

The Grand River Council on Aging is grateful to all participants for your contribution to making this a great celebration. A sincere thank you to the Brantford Public Library, the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Brantford Transit, the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, the Grand River Community Health Centre, Queensview Retirement Community, Tranquility Place and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.  

Thank you so much for sharing this day with the Grand River Council on Aging.