Category Archives: Social Connectedness

Accessible Public Bathrooms Motion Passes

We are very pleased that Vancouver City Council has unanimously passed our motion calling for the consideration of accessible public toilets—a key element of an age-friendly city—in all planning projects. For some people, the uncertainty of access to public toilets … Continue reading

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Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere

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104-year-old woman a shining example of municipal programs’ success

A new report by the Columbia Institute says municipalities play a critical role in providing services to seniors: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/104-year-old-municipal-programs-1.3810594

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Impact of Permanent Closure of 800-Block Robson Street

Council voted yesterday to approve a permanent pedestrian plaza along the 800-block of Robson Street. This means that no vehicular traffic, including buses, will no longer be able to travel along that block. The Seniors’ Advisory Committee did not have … Continue reading

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Vancouver Earns Designation as an Age-Friendly Community

The Committee is pleased to announce that we were successful in our application to have Vancouver designated as an Age-Friendly Community by the Province of British Columbia. Cities achieve this designation after establishing an advisory committee, securing a local government resolution, conducting … Continue reading

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Multicultural Festival at South Granville Seniors’ Centre

Many thanks to the South Granville Seniors’ Centre for inviting SAC members to the fourth annual Seniors’ Multicultural Festival. In attendance were Eddy Elmer, Eva Wadolna, and Councillor Tony Tang, the Committee’s liaison. We enjoyed amazing food and live entertainment from many … Continue reading

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Regional Roundtable on Social Isolation of Seniors

Communications & Outreach chair Eddy Elmer represented SAC at the Regional Roundtable on Social Isolation at the Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The event was hosted by the National Seniors Council as part of its 2013-14 mandate to study the causes, … Continue reading

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BC Association of Community Response Networks

At our last SAC meeting, Barbara Kirby from the British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks gave a PowerPoint presentation about the role of community response networks. Community response networks (CRNs) are groups of concerned community members who co-ordinate networks … Continue reading

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City Approves Approves First-Ever Age-Friendly Action Plan

We are pleased to report that City Council has approved Vancouver’s first-ever Age-Friendly Action Plan— a series of over 60 actions that the City can take to help make Vancouver a more safe, inclusive, and engaging city for older adults. These … Continue reading

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Linking Seniors’ Services Event

SAC members Eddy Elmer, Eva Wadolna, Sharon Fenton, Dellie Lidyard, and Clemencia Gómez had a great time representing the Committee at today Linking Seniors’ Services event. Hosted by Vancouver Coastal Health, this day-long event at the Roundhouse Community Centre was a … Continue reading

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All-Candidates Debate on Seniors’ Issues, May 1

MLA candidates for the Vancouver-Fraserview riding will be debating seniors’ issues on Wednesday, May 1st, 7-8:30pm, at the South Vancouver Adult Day Centre, 3076 East 49th Avenue at Kerr. The debaters will be Suzanne Anton (Liberal), Stuart Mackinnon (Green), and … Continue reading

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Seniors’ Multicultural Festival at the South Granville Seniors’ Centre

Many thanks to the South Granville Seniors’ Centre for inviting members from the Seniors’ Advisory Committee to attend their third annual Seniors’ Multicultural Festival on April 19. In attendance were SAC members Eddy Elmer, Eva Wadolna, and Sharon Fenton; Communications/Outreach … Continue reading

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Aging in a Changing World: 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology

The Canadian Association on Gerontology’s 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, was in Vancouver this year, from October 18-20. Thanks to funding from the West End Seniors Network, I was able to attend the conference. Hosted by the Department of … Continue reading

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SFU Summit on Social Connectedness

Simon Fraser University is hosting a series of public forums on the topic of social connectedness in Vancouver from September 18 – 23. The inaugural event will be hosted at the Orpheum Theatre on September 18, 7pm. This promises to … Continue reading

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Vancouver Foundation Report on Social Connectedness

The Vancouver Foundation has released a report on a survey it conducted earlier this year. They polled 3,841 people across metro Vancouver to measure their connections and engagement. They explored people's connections to their friends, their neighbours, and to the community-at-large. They … Continue reading

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