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REPORTING · 14th October 2011
Walter McFarlane
There was an Age Friendly Community Meeting on Tuesday October 4th at the snowflake Senior’s Centre.

“[The purpose of the meeting was] to connect Kitimat community groups and citizens and unite their efforts towards making Kitimat a better place to live for all of us - under the guidance and recommendations of the BC Government Age-friendly Community Guide,” said Lisa Frazer, who chaired the meeting.

Present at the meeting were members of the community including Mayor Joanne Monaghan, several City Councillors, representatives of the Hospice Palliative Care Association, the Senior Centre, the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group, the Hospital Foundation and the Kitimat District Disability Associations.

The Age Friendly Community Initiative was started in 2006 by the World Health Organization. They conducted studies in 33 cities around the world and used the data to create a checklist of features that contributed to an Age Friendly Community.

Shortly after, the Canadian Government endorsed a modified version called Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide. The guide was designed to assist Rural and Remote in increasing awareness of what seniors need in order to remain healthy and active in the their communities. It also pointed out barriers which seniors face and described dialogue and actions which will help development age friendly communities.

“It is hoped that this group will unite the efforts of individuals & groups in Kitimat under the common purpose of 'creating an age-friendly community' here, with the support of our District and the BC Government,” said Frazer.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 25 October at 1pm in the Snowflake Senior Centre.