HamiltonCouncil on Aging (HCoA) decided that now is the right time to inaugurate a blog. As president, I want to be first to post on this blog and welcome you to the blog.
HCoA is about seven years old and during that time our projects have enhanced the lives of many seniors. HCoA exists to educate, advocate and improve the life for older adults through a collaborative network of individuals and organizations. A key role for HCoA is to collaborate and create partnerships within the community. Seniors’ engagement is a broad goal of HCoA. We value the participation of older adults and rely heavily on the time and expertise given by older adults in all that we do.
Here are some of the ways in which we are involved:
· Working in partnership with the City of Hamilton in developing The Older Adult Plan towards establishing Hamilton as an age-friendly city. Focus groups are planned to meet in April and May to obtain public input.
· Let’s Take the Bus providing information in an effort to increase opportunity for participation and to decrease isolation. An interpreter assists at the workshops in providing translation to the ethnic group in attendance at the workshop.
· The Committee for Prevention of Abuse of Older Adults a part of the Health and Wellness Expo “Steps to Aging Healthy” on June 23, 2014.
· Through our Improving Access for Seniors from Diverse Communities programme facilitating workshops for service providers to increase their capacity to serve diverse cultures. Also, working along with CityHousing Hamilton to increase knowledge of and ability to navigate the system of programs and services available to them.
· Improving Access to Information for Individuals 55+ in Dundas – working with various community partners to develop and install information kiosks in key places throughout Dundas such as the Dundas Public Library. As soon as funding is in place, we will hear more about this project.
· Let’s Take a Walk project – 35+ senior volunteers set to participate in age-friendly audits of approximately 18 of Hamilton’s Recreational Trails.
I have told you some highlights of our activities that are in progress now. We want to hear from you. You may want to post to this blog (if so, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like more information, please check out our website at www.coahamilton.ca.
Prior to retirement, Mae was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at VON Hamilton with responsibilities for Community Support Services with a team of 1600 volunteers. Presently, in addition to serving as President of HCoA, Mae is a community leader as Governor on the Joseph Brant Hospital Board, Past President of the Rotary Burlington Music Festival, Past President of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central and member of the Wellness Committee at the church she attends. Mae is a Registered Nurse.