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Seniors being celebrated this month in New Tecumseth

June 12, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The importance of protecting seniors has been highlighted over the past three months since COVID-19 started to spread throughout the world.

June is an especially important time in Ontario for celebrating those over 65 as Seniors Month is recognized in municipalities across the province.

“On behalf of Council, the month of June has been proclaimed as Seniors Month in the Town of New Tecumseth in recognition and in celebration of what they have contributed and continue to contribute to the life and vibrancy of this community,” said Mayor Rick Milne at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Seniors make up close to 20 percent of New Tecumseth’s population, making them the second largest demographic in the community.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic, we must be mindful to look out for one another, especially our seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions. This could be a simple phone call or text to a loved one or friend to make sure everything is okay or if they need some help,” Mayor Milne explained.

“Why not create ‘buddy systems’ to make sure vulnerable and hard-to-reach people stay connected in our community, particularly for news about COVID-19?” he continued. “This can be done through your church, social group or daily neighbourhood email blasts. And for those of you who are not elderly – why not make it a point to check in on your older friends and relatives? Such thoughtfulness is always greatly appreciated.”

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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