Senior Citizen’s Committee – Our Mandate

“The Senior Citizens’ Committee’s mandate is to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged seniors through support services and programs. The Committee will also identify and research meaningful senior’s projects in the community, and provide grant requests to utilize funds that the Foundation has isolated for seniors projects.”
 
Senior Citizen’s Committee Annual Report 2017-2018
 
I want to thank its members: Mary Lach, Richard White, Rick Goldsmith, Don Brooks, Maureen Bird, Jack Robertson, Krystyna Benyak, Lorraine Lloyd, Chand Chandaria, Ross Amos, John Platts and James Braitwaite. A special thank you to our Liaison Director, Alex Brown.
 
Our mandate is to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged seniors through support services and programs. The Committee will also identify and research meaningful senior’s projects in the community, and provide grant requests to utilize funds that the Foundation has isolated for seniors projects.
 
The multi-year, multi-vehicle grant program with SPRINT (TORONTO RIDE) has completed its first year of partnership. A cheque of $101,000 was presented to them last October 2017. TORONTO RIDE is a collaborative partnership of 13 non-for-profit, community support service agencies that provide assisted door-to-door transportation for seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities. This transportation service allows seniors to continue to live independently by offering equitable access to health care, Adult Day Programs as well as home care and Meals on Wheels.
 
The Annual Senior’s Christmas Party, once again was held at the Royal York Hotel with great success and fun fare.  Senior guests were from Second Mile Club, Kensington Gardens, Fudger House, Salvation Army, Yonge Street Mission, Little Trinity Church, The Church of Resurrection, Sunshine Centre for seniors and, new this year, SPRINT.  200 shut-in or housebound seniors on low income attended. Guests were entertained by Rotarians – carolling, John Wanless grade 6 Chamber Choir and a visit from Santa.  Many generous Rotarians provided transportation, supported the “take a senior to lunch” program, donated towards the generous gift bags and volunteered their time/talent to make it the success it was.
 
In February, a meeting was conducted by the Chair and Mary Lach with the Senior Mile Club representatives to clarify our expectations and role. The SMC is a long-standing partner and since their merger with Kensington Health, communication needed to be improved. It was also decided that their number of guests, at the annual Christmas party, would be reduced by 20 to allow guests from other agencies with whom we work with to be included. Finally, the annual picnic took place on July 19 because of the Rotary convention.
 
Our philanthropic budget of $10 000.00 was spent as follow:
  • $1000 to Davenhill Senior Living, a not-for-profit retirement community for over 200 seniors, for their Senior’s Assitance Fund.
  • $1000 to St. Matthew's Bracondale House, a privately-owned, non-profit apartment building for individuals 65 and older, for their Holistic Wellness program.
  • $3500 to LOFT, the agency overseeing 416 Community Support for Women, for a new kitchen Sanitizer.
  • $4500 to Sistering, a multi-service charitable organization offering assistance to women age 16 to 80+, for their Creative Sewing program.
The one challenge facing the committee is succession planning. This year, we did not have a Vice-chair or a Secretary. Instead, it was decided to rotate the Secretary role amongst the members. Each was assigned a month to be Secretary and this formula worked well for all. Bringing new members is crucial but so is giving them the time to integrate and feel at ease to take on a leadership role.
 
Anny-Sandra Hamel, Chair