SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
Recently, forums were held in communities throughout Grey Highlands to gather input for a new municipally sponsored initiative to address the needs of local seniors.
One such meeting was held at the United Church in Eugenia on February 8 facilitated by Kate Russell, Municipal Project Coordinator for Grey Highlands.
Those in attendance provided their thoughts on a variety of issues facing seniors, identifying many gaps in local services.
The ultimate goal of consultations is to form a Seniors Advisory Committee (SAC) that will produce a laundry list of recommendations for Grey Highlands Municipal Council. According to Russell, $50,000 of the 2017 municipal budget has been set aside to be applied to these recommendations, once all communities have been consulted and a clear direction established.
Wally Halliday, member of the Council on Aging Grey Bruce Owen Sound (COAGBOS) was on hand to answer questions and help facilitate the forum. He also solicited membership for the COAGBOS which meets monthly to discuss input from smaller community advisory committees like SAC, lobbying on their behalf and liaising with government and other seniors advocacy groups.
Some of the issues raised at the Eugenia meeting included gaps in housing, transportation, health and accessibility. Many ideas arose from the discussion that may also be carried forward to future meetings of the COAGBOS.
The seniors initiative continues to consult, analyze and formulate its recommendations. Anyone interested in joining the discussion and volunteering for the Grey Highlands SAC should contact Kate Russell at 519-924-2843.
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