Orillia is joining communities around the world to become age-friendly. What is age friendly you ask?
The World Health Organization (WHO) identified age-friendly as respectful communities that provide services and policies that allow us to maintain an active and meaningful life as we age, in eight areas of life including housing, transportation, respect and social inclusion.
Simcoe County and neighbouring communities received support and funding from both Canada’s and Ontario’s Age-Friendly outreach programs. Orillia is now joining this movement without the funding but with enthusiastic volunteers.
‘Age-Friendly’ was introduced at the Sunshine Initiatives Citizens Forum in 2018. The new Orillia Age Friendly Advisory Committee then received a People’s Choice Award of $500 for promotional materials.
Co-chairs Louise Cohen and Valerie Powell and a dedicated team are now ready to advocate for all Orillia organizations, businesses and individuals to become age-friendly, to create an action plan, and to go public.
This is where you come in!
We are asking you, OrilliaMatters readers, to help select the logo that you feel best conveys a sense of ‘Orillia Age-Friendly’. To make your voice heard, vote in the poll below this story.
Above you will see the two logos, designed by Overview Design. Which one do you think best represents Orillia and the eight dimensions of Age Friendly? Comments are welcome.
Look for the announcement of the winning design later this month.