Committed to providing for needs of seniors

Town officials recently gathered at Sunny Cove Camp for a day long strategic planning session. During the session, we considered various items submitted from our citizens for inclusion into the strategic plan.
We thank everyone who took the time to make these submissions in the interests of making our community a better place to live.
The strategic plan that is being developed, attempts to address the needs of our community now and into the future.
The plan itself is a statement of the corporation’s mission, values and goals and will serve as a guideline when considering all issues related to the delivery of services to our community.
We were very happy with our last plan which was the first formalized corporate strategic plan adopted by the town in many years.
Recently, within the community, there has been a increased interest in regards to services for seniors and more specifically, assisted living.
During our strategic planning session, these areas of concern were discussed.
When the plan is finalized and formally adopted, it will more clearly define the town’s intentions regarding requests brought forward by the Assisted Living Action Group (ALAG) and Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT).
In regards to assisted living, it is important to note that the provision of this service is an activity that is generally undertaken by the private sector, with residents assuming full costs for the service.
There is no provincial funding available to subsidize an initiative of this nature.
The town confirmed this in a meeting with Sophia Aggelonitis, the Minister Responsible for Seniors on Feb. 28, 2011 in Toronto.
The town appreciates and supports the initiative undertaken by ALAG to secure a private sector provider for this service.
We will provide assistance to ALAG, in conjunction with other local authorities, in this endeavour.
As the baby boomer generation ages, the demand for senior services is increasing.
The town’s 2010 Financial Information Return (FIR) indicates that $521,250.00 was allocated as “assistance to aged persons” for programs such as Rainycrest and the Sister Kennedy Centre.
The town also attempts to meet the needs of seniors through the provision of various recreational programs and handivan services.
The town is also a substantial financial contributor to organizations such as the Northwestern Health Unit and the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board that are important providers of services for seniors.
All of these programs are indicative of the town’s commitment to provide for the needs of our senior citizens.
Council looks forward to presenting the strategic plan to the community and moving forward to address the challenges and opportunities we will face in the years ahead.
On behalf of council, I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the summer season and all our beautiful community has to offer.

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