Halton Chapter AGM a Rousing Success

Article posted June 2011

You did it!! You came out in large numbers and through your support and participation you made our AGM a rousing success. With such a large gathering we sincerely hope that everyone was able to find a comfortable place to sit.

We had organized an evening that we hoped would be both entertaining and informative and that would also provide the opportunity for everyone to socialize with their fellow members. By the enthusiasm shown by everyone and the lively chatter throughout the room we think we can say that we achieved our objectives.

Such a level of interest and support is very much appreciated by the volunteers who not only organized the AGM but who also work throughout the year to put together an interesting and informative program for our Chapter. A big thank you to everyone who came out and made our AGM such a tremendous success and to those of you who supported us during our 2010/2011 season.

We were most fortunate to have so many Sponsors who provided displays of their products and services and also donated a large number of door prizes. Their contribution and support for our AGM played a large part in the success of the evening. A very big thank you to them all. A list of our Sponsors with links to their websites is provided below.

With its bright, open and cheerful setting the Cafeteria at the Halton Regional Centre was an excellent location to hold our meeting. Allowing an hour before the main meeting began provided the opportunity to enjoy an excellent buffet and to visit the informative displays provide by our Sponsors. And with background music provided by Aidan Purnell and his easy listening style of entertainment the scene was set for an enjoyable evening. If you would like to find out more about Aidan please CLICK HERE

Cathy Duddeck, Councillor for Oakville (Ward 2) gave the opening address and welcomed everyone on behalf of Halton Region. Following these opening remarks, Ross Mayot, CARP Vice President Community Development, gave an update on the key issues that CARP has brought forward to all levels of government on behalf of seniors across Canada. You can get the latest information on all of these issues by clicking on the Home or Advocacy buttons at the top of this page.

After a short break Tom Carrothers, the Chairperson of our Chapter introduced the Chapter volunteers and gave an update on the many activities our Chapter has been involved in during this past year. Tom stressed that we wished to build on these successes and to build the participation of our members in the things that we feel we should be involved with on behalf of seniors across our Region.

Our keynote speaker was Sheldon Wolfson. Sheldon is the Commissioner of Social and Community Services for Halton Region. Sheldon provided an excellent summary of the seniors demographic in Halton, what the needs are now, what they will be in the future and how Halton plans to meet those needs in both the short and long term. Despite some disturbing information on such things as poverty levels and the number of seniors with health care issues the general impression was that Halton Region has a very good infrastructure in place for seniors and has plans in place to address these issues as the number of seniors increases rapidly in the next few years…For those of you who would like to read his presentation again please CLICK HERE