Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Be Informed, Celebrate Niagara’s Success, Become a Champion

All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. This requires that citizens with diverse perspectives and roles be aware of the contributions older adults make within our community, celebrate the ways in which Niagara has already made progress towards becoming age-friendly and consider what they can do to help champion this work.

Be Informed

Today’s older adults make valuable contributions to the community, ranging from countless hours of volunteer work to their economic impact as consumers.

  • Approximately 37% of the Niagara population is 55 years and over, compared to 30% for the rest of Canada (Statistics Canada, 2016).
  • Current population growth in Niagara is from commuters and retirees moving to Niagara (Economic Discussion for Long-Term Regional Planning Issues in Niagara Region, June 2016)
  • Most of today’s older adults are well and active, healthier and living longer to unprecedented levels, all of which provides for great opportunities.
  • Older adults make up the bulk of the volunteer corps in many local community organizations.
  • Baby Boomers control the bulk of wealth and spending; they spend 66% more on goods and services than millennial households (Environics Analytics).

Celebrate Niagara’s Success

There is a global movement towards age-friendly community planning and Niagara is making good progress toward this goal.

Globally, the World Health Organization has fostered the development of “age-friendly communities” by identifying the relevant domains ranging from social inclusion to appropriate housing. The Government of Canada has recently appointed a new Minister of Seniors and the Province of Ontario has demonstrated leadership and support for age-friendly communities since 2013.

In Niagara, the Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) has engaged hundreds of people in the community, to develop the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan. The AFNN is currently implementing priority goals from among the 100 actions identified by the community to ensure that all people, regardless of age, ability, need or capacity, are included in all aspects of community life.

AFNN:

  • Provides a framework for decision-makers to connect with what local older people are thinking
  • Reflects strong community leadership and volunteer commitment across Niagara
  • Brings diverse perspectives of people, organizations, institutions,
    municipalities and businesses together, to focus on community belonging for people of all ages in Niagara.

Three Niagara municipalities (St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland) have also recently received provincial awards for their local age-friendly achievements.

Become a Champion

There is an unprecedented opportunity for political and community champions to take up the age-friendly communities cause.

Leadership at all political levels is needed and local municipal and community champions are key partners in age-friendly strategies. It is important to develop municipal strategies that serve intergenerational needs and community development for all ages. Get involved in your local community or join the Age-Friendly Niagara Network.

The volunteer-led Age-Friendly Niagara Network prepared and adapted this information into a two-page Candidate Brief that was distributed to 2018 municipal incumbents and candidates to help engage them in issues affecting everyone in our community.

Consider your own role within Niagara.

How can you stay informed, celebrate success and become a champion to help make Niagara a “Community for all ages”?

 

Dominic Ventresca & Cathy Fusco
Co-Chairs, Age-Friendly Niagara Network
info@agefriendlyniagara.com

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Nov
16
Fri
Christmas Fundraiser in Support of the May Court Club of St. Catharines @ Fairview Mall
Nov 16 all-day

Visit the Fairview Mall to enjoy the May Court Club’s display of fully decorated trees and other seasonal items. Buy your tickets for a chance to win a Christmas tree to remember! All proceeds go to help women and children in the Niagara region.

This fundraiser runs until December 7, 2018.

The May Court Club is a women’s service organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the community, primarily those of women and children, through volunteerism and fundraising.

This event is hosted by the May Court Club of St. Catharines.

Women in Business Awards @ Marriott on the Falls
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to encourage more women to seek out and reach for leadership roles in business, politics and our community. Join the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the stories of women in business in Niagara.

Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for the list of finalists!

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Nov
19
Mon
Blockchain Basics for Corporate Applications @ Online
Nov 19 all-day

Cybercrime and data thefts are on the rise. Make sure you or your company/IT team has the latest up-to-date training, to detect cyber threats, and eliminate attempts at stealing your client’s data.

Just outside of the cybersecurity hub Washington D.C., Stratford University has offered degree programs since 1976. Their highly qualified professors have trained many professionals from high end security firms including the C.I.A. and F.B.I. They have created custom content for these certificates.

These training certificates include 30 hours of online, instructor led training over 15 days, with zero company time off required.

These certificates are offered by Spark Technical Academy.

Human Trafficking Training @ Four Points by Sheraton
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – Nov 20 @ 5:00 pm

Larissa Maxwell, Director of the Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Program (British Columbia), is coming to Niagara to share her experiences and extensive knowledge of Human Trafficking.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Overview of trauma sensitive approaches/stories of hope
  • Human trafficking: definitions, terminology, focus on labour & sexual exploitation, spectrums within exploitation, criminal & civil justice, youth recruitment, immigration provisions & foreign nationals, warning signs & indicators
  • Exploitation Dynamics: appeasement versus consent, impact to sense of self & feeling profane, tension of two truths, case studies, exploitation equation, internal/external chaos, when the victim victimizes, caretaking tendencies
  • Best Practices: healing the cycles of shame and the exploitation equation compassionate challenge approach, case management approaches, new science of post traumatic growth & indicators of resiliency, best practices learned nationally

This training is hosted by Bethesda Services.

Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15.

Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness.

This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability.

If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.

  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00
  • Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00
  • Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30

These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.

Let’s Talk Waste Niagara: Thorold Open House @ Niagara Region Headquarters
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Niagara Region’s next waste collection contract (garbage, recycling and organics) for homes and businesses receiving Regional curbside collection is set to begin by 2021.

Proposed options being considered are:

  • Every-other-week garbage collection, with weekly recycling and organics collection, for all properties outside the Designated Business Areas. Garbage container (bag / can) limits would double.
  • Mandatory use of clear bags for garbage for all properties (inside and outside Designated Business Areas)
  • Establish a four item limit, per collection, for large items
  • Discontinue appliances and scrap metal curbside collection
  • Change weekly, base garbage container limits for businesses and mixed-use properties located inside Designated Business Areas from seven to four
  • Change weekly garbage container limits for mixed-use properties located outside Designated Business Areas from six to four

During the consultation period, residents have three ways to provide their feedback on the proposed options being considered. An online survey is available for residents or businesses. Open houses and community booths are being hosted across Niagara. Attend an open house to hear a presentation and ask staff questions, or visit a community booth and ask staff questions.

This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.

Nov
20
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Presentations:

  • Nola Burke-Wynne (Online Learning Recruitment Officer, Contact North)
  • Elisa Galle (Health Links Model Adopter, Niagara North West Health Link/Hamilton Health Sciences)

This meeting will include round table updates, time for networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.

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