Orangeville receives provincial award for age-friendly initiatives
The Town of Orangeville’s has received an Age-Friendly Communities Recognition Award from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs. The award recognizes the work of the Orangeville Seniors/Age-Friendly Community Committee that developed a formal action plan -- a strategic planning document to fulfill the committee’s vision for aging well in Orangeville.
“The committee is pleased to have been recognized for its efforts supporting and promoting the needs of the Town’s seniors, and looks forward to continuing its work making Orangeville an age-friendly community,” said Councillor Scott Wilson, Chair of the Orangeville Seniors/Age-Friendly Community Committee.
Following public consultation in 2014, the Town of Orangeville formed a steering committee and established the Seniors/Age-Friendly Community Committee in 2015, and finalized the needs assessment. In 2016, the analysis was completed, priorities established, and the Age-Friendly Community Action Plan was adopted by Council and is now being implemented, monitored and evaluated. The plan highlights five priorities:
- Reducing social isolation
- Integrating cross-departmental planning
- Strengthening accessibility with an age-friendly lens
- Building age-friendly awareness & Supports in the private sector
- Addressing ageism across all sectors
In 2017, the Town of Orangeville received recognition as a member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.
This is the first year for the provincial government award that recognizes communities which have taken steps to make their environments more accessible and age-friendly. The Ministry of Seniors Affairs recognized about 30 communities with the presentation of awards at the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Symposium in Toronto on March 26.
Members of Orangeville’s Seniors/Age-Friendly Community Committee Darla Fraser and Jennifer McCallum receive a provincial Age-Friendly Communities Recognition Award from the Honourable Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, in Toronto on March 26. The award recognizes Ontario municipalities that are taking steps to becoming age-friendly by creating policies, programs and services that support older adults.