Senior Citizen's Committee - Assisting the Elderly Members of the Community

Senior Citizen’s Committee – Our Mandate


Devises and implements plans for the benefit of senior citizens (older adults). Surveys the needs of the community and makes appropriate recommendations to the board of directors. Responsible for all activities of the club in connection with senior citizens, with particular emphasis on the seniors Christmas luncheon, the income tax clinic, the summer picnics of the second mile club and the torch club and the friendly visiting program meets monthly on the second Friday in the Rotary boardroom, except July and August.

Senior Citizen's Committee Annual Report 2015-2016

The Senior Citizens Committee had a very successful and productive year during 2015-2016 with a mandate to support services and programs by improving the quality of life for disadvantaged seniors in our community.
Four traditional events are held each year.  They are: Meals for Seniors at Thanksgiving and Easter when 150 meals were delivered at each event, by Rotarians to shut-ins and seniors on fixed income.  The June Picnic held at Second Mile Club for 75 Seniors and The Seniors Christmas Party.
The Seniors Christmas Party originated in 1961. Each year over 240 seniors are invited to the Royal York Hotel for a traditional turkey dinner.  This year we had grade 6 Crescent School boys choir sing Christmas Carols and a visit from Santa.  Many generous Rotarians contributed by Caroling at the event, providing transportation and donated their lunch tickets in support of “Take a Senior to Lunch”
A few years ago, The Rotary Club of Toronto, Charitable Foundation received capital grants from the sale of Laughlen Centre amounting to $3.2 million dollars with the understanding that the income generated by these funds would be used to benefit disadvantaged seniors in downtown Toronto.  The Foundation Board suggested that the Senior Citizens Committee establish a process for identifying additional projects to help seniors in our community.
An application process was developed by the sub-committee, based on the criteria used by the Foundation.  The Senior Citizens Committee reviews proposals and forwards their recommendations to Research and Appeals Committee for their due diligence, prior to the submission of proposals to the Foundation Board for consideration.  This year, the Foundation Board approved the following:
  1. WEST TORONTO SUPPORT SERVICES - $32,500.  Since 1985, this agency continues to support the independence of older adults and adults with disabilities.  There is an increasing number of older adults living alone with financial constraints and limited mobility.   West Toronto Support Services transportation program consists of wheelchair accessible bus, a mini-van and a car that needed to be replaced.  These funds helped them purchase a 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE.
  1. SPRINT or SENIOR PEOPLES RESCOURCES IN NORTH TORONTO INC. - $33,000.  SPRINT has been caring for seniors and enabling seniors’ independence since 1983.  Their transportation program provides seniors with access to appointments and Adult Day Programs.  A 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE was purchased in May which will ensure the safe transportation of seniors to much needed services.
  1. CIRCLE OF HOME CARE SERVICES - $32,500. It has been in operation for over 42 years providing home care services to residents across Metropolitan Toronto.  The request was for 50% matching funds to purchase $65,000 wheel-chair accessible van.  It will be used with frail and the elderly requiring assisted transportation from emergency and elders’ acute care units of Mount Sinai and Bridgepoint to their homes.
  1. THE GOOD NEIGHBOURS’ CLUB - $18,500.  The Good Neighbours’ Club is a drop-in centre serving homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men aged 50+ since 1933.  They submitted a proposal for a new telephone system that would include a voice mail box for every member which could be accessed from anywhere in the city.  Telephones are a lifeline for members which allows them to access information regarding medical appointments, housing and social opportunities.  The installation of the new system was completed in June.
  1. THE TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY - $15,000.  An expansion of the “Retirement Planning on Low Income”.  A financial literacy program designed to provide attendees near retirement age access to expert advice to maximize their income at retirement. This funding will be expanded from 4 to 18 branches, focusing on downtown core. 
  1. FRED VICTOR - $8,800.  A pilot project that will train socially isolated, vulnerable seniors in St James Town.  The project will include the purchase of tablet computers and will test the benefits of connecting seniors with access to technology.  This project will commence in September.  Once successful, Telus has expressed interest to continue with the program.
In addition, the Senior Citizens Committee donated:
  • HOMES FIRST -$4,000.  Homes First, provides safe and stable housing with support services to break the cycle of homelessness to those that suffer with mental illness and addictions. 200 kits will help support human dignity and restore a sense normalcy. A kit includes kleenex, disposable razor, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap, chopstick and lotion. 
  • 416 COMMNITY SUPPORT FOR WOMEN - $4,100. Since 1984, this agency meets the needs of homeless women in Regent Park.  It has evolved into a welcoming community for women with mental health issues, addiction and social isolation.  It provides refuge for women and the resources required for the preservation of their health and dignity.  This donation will replenish their art and food supplies.
I would like to thank all the committee members for their support, dedication and continued compassion for seniors in our community.