SUMMERSIDE – City council is moving ahead with plans to have the City of Summerside designated as an age-friendly community.
The initiative is part of the World Health Organization's global network of age-friendly cities and communities. This particular program would allow Summerside access to an international network of aging experts and access to the latest research and information on age-related issues.
Councillor Peter Holman, the city’s liaison, to the East Prince Seniors Initiative said plans are falling in place for the project
“We have had our first meeting in regards to our age-friendly initiative,” Holman said. “We had submitted an ad in the paper asking for volunteers. We were very fortunate in that we had twelve people respond.”
Holman said the committee structure is taking form.
“We were informed today that Judy Lynn-Richards Phd has agreed to be the chair of the committee. She’s a professor at U.P.E.I. and she specializes in seniors’ activities. We also have a family doctor who is going to be on the committee, as well as two social workers. We have several business businesswomen and businessmen. We have quite a diversified make-up for our committee and we’re really looking forward to proceeding. This is going to be an initiative that’s going to take us up to five years to get fully implemented.”
Holman said there are eight specific criterias that are required for the city to be able to obtain the World Health Organization’s recognition to be designated as an age-friendly city.
“We’re hoping that going forward that we will be forming eight sub-committees who will specifically take each one of the categories,” he said. “We will have a leader appointed for each one of the categories and operate as a subcommittee who in turn will report back to the chair. “We’re following some of the other cities that have been involved with this and they are running with twelve on their committees,” he said. We’re very excited about it and we’re really looking forward to proceeding.”
Holman said he will be reporting to city council on a monthly basis as the project moves forward.