As I enter my term as President of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA) I am excited about the Council’s many accomplishments and where the Council is headed as an organization. In just short eight years since it was established, the Council has made tremendous progress as it strives to make a difference in the lives of older adults and contributes to their well-being.
2014 has been a significant year for the Council as it continues its partnership with the City of Hamilton, and community partners to develop a Plan for an Age Friendly Hamilton and we are extremely pleased to report that on September 24, 2014, Hamilton City Council approved the recommendations contained in the plan, bringing to fruition much of what the Council has work on for the past several years, work that was begun by Dr. Margaret Denton, Dr. Carolyn Rosenthal, and the Council’s founding Board of Directors.
A Plan for an Age Friendly Hamilton is significant because it reflects “the voices” – ideas, perceptions, and needs of older adults and key stakeholders of greater Hamilton. It identifies strengths, opportunities and recommendations to move Hamilton further along to become an age-friendly city.
Through all of its work, the Council is challenged to maintain focus on its four strategic priorities that guide its work – prevention of abuse of older persons; increasing access to programs and support services for older adults from diverse communities; tackling poverty among seniors; and creating an age-friendly city, while remaining financially sound. The Council will continue to identify funding opportunities, partnerships and collaborations that will allow it to contribute to the well-being of older adults.
The Council endeavours to remain true to its mission and vision by engaging older adults in all aspects of its work and reaching out to those that are hardest to reach.
The Council, as a small not-for-profit organization, has a “working” Board of Directors who devote countless hours to its work. I feel encouraged to be working alongside these many talented, skilled, committed and dedicated individuals towards a common goal.
I look forward to continuing to work with fellow Board members, partners, and volunteers as the Council continues its journey to an Age Friendly City for all ages.
With the aging of the Canadian population, the Council must also reach out to everyone in our community who has an interest in the wellbeing of seniors. Please send us your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities ahead to make Hamilton an age-friendly place to live.
President, HCoA Board of Directors