Senior Citizen's Committee Annual Report 2013-2014
The Senior Citizen’s Committee has had a busy year with a full calendar of events including the Seniors’ Christmas Party, the Seniors’ Summer Picnic and the Meals on Wheels delivery program.
The Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party originated in 1961 and included invitees from the Second Mile Club, Little Trinity Church and The Salvation Army. The tradition has continued over the years expanding the list of guests to include many shut-in seniors who are on fixed incomes. This year there were over 245 guests who enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, a selection of Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and live entertainment performed by the Grade 6 Choir from the John Wanless Elementary School. Many generous Rotarians and friends contributed to make this a special event for these often housebound seniors by donating gifts, providing transportation and by supporting our “Take a Senior to Lunch” program donating over $5000 in lunch tickets.
The Seniors Citizen’s Committee endeavors to stay connected with our Community Agencies. In order to reach our goal, we coordinated a Seniors’ Community Consultation Forum inviting over 40 agencies, representatives from government, the Toronto Police Services, hospitals and other interest groups to identify themes and gaps in seniors’ programming and services. Several themes were identified as critical to supporting seniors with issues related access to housing, wellness, transportation and safe and meaningful resources and supports. We will continue to work closely with our community partners supporting their efforts to meet the needs of the seniors they serve.
A special thanks to the committee members for their continued compassion and dedication to seniors in our community.
Barbara Thomson, Chair