The launch of the downtown Toronto CARP Chapter exceeded all expectations as close to 500 CARP members and others interested in our “New Vision of Aging for Canada” joined on the campus of U of T last Wednesday evening.
Interim Downtown Toronto Chapter Chair, Adina Lebo was delighted at the turn out, as she shared her vision for the Chapter and the many projects and plans her Board already has in the works… as she solicited the support of members to fulfill those plans.
Those in attendance were treated to an upbeat video presentation by CARP President, Moses Znaimer, that explained his involvement with CARP, his vision for “Zoomers” and demonstrated how CARP is growing in membership size, geographical foot print, and most importantly, in awareness among media and politicians across Canada.
After the video Moses took questions from the assembled audience, taking time to explain the relationship between Zoomer Media Inc. and CARP, and the benefits that accrue to CARP in that relationship, including the access to national print, television, internet and Toronto radio media.
CARP Members were also introduced to three Continuing Education programs aimed at the 50-plus in Toronto, including St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, George Brown College and Ryerson University.
Ontario Minister of Transportation, Kathleen Wynne paid a visit and discussed an upcoming Provincial ID card, for those who do not have a driver’s licence, and an envisioned driver’s licence designation for “experienced” drivers who no longer wish to drive on the 400 series of highways, but are still confident and capable of driving on their local community roads, similar to the CARP London Chapter’s work on the Private Member’s Bill 97, The Michelle Krohn Act (Modified Driver’s Licence), 2010.
The bar has been set high for future Chapter meetings in Toronto, and we’re certain Adina, her board and all her dedicated volunteers will clear that bar.