I am very pleased to announce that Brenda Hanson, Sandra Wood and Sarah O’Shannessy are your Seniors / Elders Official Community Plan (OCP) Coordinators. Brenda is a member of the Klahoose First Nation and aspires to contribute to the area of language/cultural revitalization capacity within her community, Sandra works with many organizations on the Island and has been the Project Financial Manager for the Seniors Village, and Sarah also holds many positions on the Island including the Seniors Helping Seniors Coordinator role created by the Cortes Island Seniors Society.
As the opening phase of the OCP review process, a series of land use and outreach projects are planned to prepare and engage the broad Cortes community. One of these OCP input projects is the development and delivery of a Seniors & Elders Participation Program to collect age-friendly input on factors such as: housing, transportation, healthcare, fitness, outdoor spaces, public buildings, social activities, communications, civic participation, employment, and community support that enable elders to remain as vital island members.
The three primary goals of this component of the OCP review process are:
1. To learn from seniors about the previous OCP review process so as to inform the design of our current process.
2. To ensure that the review is seniors and elders friendly and accessible.
3. To ensure that issues of importance to Cortes elders and seniors are well reflected in the revised community plan.
Now through May, keep an eye out for their upcoming events and visit their page on the new OCP website www.cortescommunityplan.ca
. Please be sure to share your ideas and experience, and come out to presentations and workshops, look for information in your mail box and listen for the weekly OCP radio show. If you have information to share, questions or concerns, please contact Sarah (935 0282, s_oshannessyhotmail.com), Sandra (935 6676, sandrawoodtelus.net) and Brenda (935 0162 or bhansontwincomm.ca).
Congratulations to the three of you and I wish you all the best.