For Immediate Release - June 3, 2009
BURLINGTON, ON – The City of Burlington recently passed a resolution, as presented by the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee, to identify itself as an Age-Friendly City. This initiative was defined by the World Health Organization over a two year period in 2006-2007 where 35 cities and communities from around the world worked together to better understand what makes a city age-friendly.
“The City of Burlington has long recognized, appreciated and celebrated the significant contribution our seniors make to this city,” said Mayor Cam Jackson. “This resolution demonstrates Burlington’s continued commitment to ensuring our community is a safe and user-friendly city for all seniors and that is consistent with our vision of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for all citizens.”
The age friendly concept has eight topic areas that cover the features of Burlington’s structures, environment, services and policies. Naming Burlington age-friendly is a starting point to a blue print for action to enhance the community for all ages.
The Age Friendly resolution, passed in May 2009, is timely for the arrival of Seniors’ Month in June. For the 25th year Ontarians are recognizing the valuable contributions made by seniors every day in communities across the province. This year’s theme is Creating Age-Friendly Communities.
Burlington has a number of events planned in recognition of our seniors’ including a Region of Halton’s seminar and lunch on June 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Milton Seniors’ Centre and the Mayor’s Seniors’ Seminar on June 6 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre. A Seniors’ Roundtable, presented in partnership with the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton and the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee, will take place on June 15 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Central Burlington Library.
For a complete listing of Seniors Month events, visit the city’s website at www.burlington.ca and follow the Calendar of Events link.
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