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Simcoe County celebrates age-friendly champions

February 8, 2024   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The County of Simcoe celebrated the contributions of businesses and individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to creating age-friendly communities.

An Age-Friendly Recognition Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Simcoe County Museum.

Honourees were selected in two categories – business and individual.

Businesses were recognized for the progress they’ve made to improve services for seniors within Simcoe County. Individuals were honoured for their efforts in creating age-friendly communities and enriching the lives of seniors in their communities.

A public nomination process took place through the summer with honourees selected by the Age-Friendly Advisory Committee.

Honourees included Focus Employments Services from New Tecumseth, Patty McLaughlin from Innisfil, Sandra Forth from Severn, Dave Wetherald from Barrie, Jenna Wickens from Barrie, Sandycove Drug Store in Innisfil, Seniors at Play in Orillia, Right at home Canada in Collingwood, Hunt Family Movers in Innisfil, and Hearing Life in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

“Congratulations to the community leaders honoured during the County’s inaugural age-Friendly Recognition Ceremony,” said Simcoe Country Warden Basil Clarke. “Their efforts and accomplishments are helping Simcoe County build u this growing and evolving region so that it remains a safe, supporting, and desirable place to call home at any stage of life.”

Seniors are a fast-growing demographic both in the province and across the country.

“The County of Simcoe is committed to building an age-friendly region that enables older adults to remain in their homes and communities for a long as they choose, with access to supports that help them stay healthy, active, and connected to others,” said Jane Sinclair, general manager of health and emergency services. “The businesses and individuals celebrated understand this and are making an impact on transforming their communities for the benefit of people of all ages.”

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