Helping seniors remain safe, active and independent is garnering honours for 11 communities around British Columbia, Health Minister Terry Lake announced on June 10.
“From barrier-free buildings and streets, to increased opportunities for seniors to participate in community decisions, Age-friendly BC is focused on supporting older British Columbians and ensuring they can continue to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience to their communities,” said Lake. “The program engages a variety of stakeholders, from municipalities to business owners, with a goal of ensuring communities are accessible and liveable for seniors and their families.”
The District of Sooke published their age-friendly action plan in 2015, which includes securing and supporting options for accessible and independent senior living and promoting barrier-free design in public spaces.
The District of Sooke will receive a letter of congratulations, an Age-friendly BC Recognition award poster and a $1,000 reward to create a legacy project or a celebration.
To achieve recognition, four key steps must be taken. These include establishing an age-friendly advisory or steering committee, passing a council or district board resolution, conducting an age-friendly assessment, and developing and publishing an action plan.