Absent from photo: CARP Board, Director Harold Hess
St. Lawrence News: By Doreen Barnes
Brockville 1000 Islands CARP Chapter partnered with LEAP (Local Elder Abuse Prevention) Network of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville to provide a free seniors pancake breakfast on June 15 to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Many volunteers, Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clark and Brockville Mayor David Henderson assisted in serving sausages, omelets, fluffy pancakes, syrup and beverages.
In addition, local musicians Tom Wilson and Murray Golledge provided entertainment, gratefully enjoyed by all.
A table with local agency and organizational brochures were available along with people having purple wash-out tinting applied to hair, which CARP donated $5 per person, to LEAP.
Together with free-will donations, including Bridlewood Manor by Revera matching dollar for dollar, the amount came to $1,006.35, which was also donated to LEAP.
As well, several provided prizes were given throughout the event.
Elder abuse comes in many forms; physical, verbal, psychological, financial, sexual and neglect.
For information go to www.edlerabuseontario.com or Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville, www.vslg.ca or contact LEAP chairperson Debora Steele at 613-345-1461, extension 1713, email [email protected]
Let’s stop elder abuse today!
After the breakfast, MPP Clark made an announcement regarding an Age-Friendly Community Planning grant of $35,000 through the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat and the Minister Responsible for Senior Affairs for CARP Brockville 1000 Islands with regards to enhancing the quality of life for people as they age.
CARP members, also the steering committee for Age Friendly Communities, invites the public to take ownership of this effort towards receiving the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Committees designation for Brockville.
This process, in its infancy, will address eight major key elements; outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, as well as community and health services.
Going forward will require dedicated individuals willing to sit on sub-committees for the betterment of all mature adults in Brockville.
As the Age Friendly Communities committee continues with this initiative, please consider becoming involved and learn more about Age Friendly Communities.
CARP Brockville and the 1000 Islands is a registered not-for-profit organization, around 1,000 members, with a priority of connecting with and engaging members as to the issues facing our aging population.
To find out more about CARP or to sit on an Age Friendly Communities sub-committee, email[email protected].