Nine appointed to Age-Friendly committee

Clearwater council has appointed nine people to serve as members on the District’s Age-Friendly planning advisory committee

Clearwater council has appointed nine people to serve as members on the District’s Age-Friendly planning advisory committee.

The nine are Mary Johnson, Wells Gray Seniors’ Society; Drake Smith, Evergreen Acres Seniors’ Society; Jack Keough, Yellowhead Community Services; Anne Krawec, Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce; Berni Easson, Interior Health Authority; Shirley Genier, Clearwater Friendly Club; Cathy Tucker, Wells Gray Country services committee; Gord Heisterman, Clearwater council; and Jon Kreke, Clearwater council.

The provincial government announced in February that Clearwater was to receive $17,670 for an Age-Friendly needs assessment.

The Age-Friendly BC program provides grants of up to $20,000 to help communities create or continue a variety of projects that help address the needs of the older population.

Initiatives can range from setting public policy to physical improvements to address the needs of older residents. Examples of age-friendly community changes can include: widening sidewalks, installing benches, maximizing green space, as well as making information, programs and services more accessible to the older population.