REPORT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS IN HAMILTON
A Planning Committee was made up of representatives from HBO CURC, OFUR, CARP, NAFR and the United Way. The Planning Committee developed and circulated leaflets promoting the IDOP event, identified and invited appropriate speakers, developed the agenda, arranged the refreshments and requested donations to cover the costs of the event. The donation from National CURC to defray costs was greatly appreciated.
The theme of the event was set as: affordable and suitable housing for seniors
The event was held in the Hamilton City Council Chambers. The International Day of Older Persons Flag was on display.
Media releases were circulated to local media: Newspapers, Radio and TV.
The speakers included: Howard Elliott, Chair of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction; Sara Mayo from the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton and Lisa Bastien from the Canadian Labour Congress; and Tom Jackson, Deputy Mayor for the City of Hamilton.
A citation was presented to the Planning Committee from the Deputy Mayor on behalf of the City to commemorate the International Day of Older Persons.
Although the turn out was not as large as the 2015 IDOP event the audience was appreciative. All the speakers were well received.
The event generated two Hamilton Spectator articles-one entitled: How Hamilton can become senior-friendly and the other: Anti-poverty advocates see some hope for seniors.
Both articles were about a quarter to a third of a page in size.
The event was also covered by Channel 14-Hamilton's Community TV Station.
Photos were taken of the event by a volunteer from NAFR.
The Planning Committee after the IDOP event to review what went right and what can be improved upon. The next Planning Committee will meet in February to start preparing for the 2017 event.
Submitted by Malcolm Buchanan.