Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Thunder Bay Canada
The Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Committee has been active in the City of Thunder Bay since 2009. The Committee’s work, which is grounded in community-based research conducted at Lakehead University’s Centre for Research and Education on Aging and Health, has achieved three major milestones. First, in May 2010, the Thunder Bay City Council endorsed working towards the City of Thunder Bay becoming age-friendly; second, the City of Thunder Bay joined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in November 2011; and finally, the City Council endorsed the Thunder Bay Senior Charter in June 2012. The vision of the Age-Friendly Committee is that the citizens of Thunder Bay age with dignity within the community. The City of Thunder Bay, as a partner of the Age-Friendly Committee, is applying the eight domains of an age-friendly city to conduct an internal audit of its programs, services and facilities. The Age-Friendly Committee comprises of three stakeholder groups: individual members at-large, representatives appointed by not-for-profit community organizations and representatives of for profit businesses and organizations. Recent funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation enabled the achievement of four outcomes: the development of the Thunder Bay Senior Charter; the development and distribution of a Thunder Bay Age-Friendly Business Guide; the development and launching of the Age-Friendly Thunder Bay web page; and intergenerational education tools and processes. The recent census release indicated that Thunder Bay has the third highest population of seniors in the Province of Ontario and that the population is ageing rapidly. Clearly, the work of Age-Friendly Thunder Bay is timely and has successfully moved forward an agenda focused on ensuring that Thunder Bay is and will continue to be a great place to grow old.