Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
In 2014, Whitby developed a Recreation and Leisure Services Seniors Strategy to gain an understanding of the recreation and leisure needs of seniors as a result of the changing diversity and aging of the population. This strategy established goals, desired outcomes and actions for the delivery of seniors’ recreation needs in Whitby over the next five years. As part of the recommendations, Council agreed to commit to it’s older adult population by becoming part of the WHO’s Age-Friendly Communities Network and develop an Age-Friendly Whitby Action Plan.
In June 2015, the Town of Whitby received funding from the provincial Ministry of Seniors Affairs to assist us with developing an Age-Friendly Plan. Staff were hired to oversee the project and a Steering Committee was formed involving staff, seniors and community partners. The community was consulted via focus groups, information sessions and a community survey. This resulted in the development of 72 recommendations within an Age-Friendly Whitby Action Plan. Council approved the Plan on May 8, 2017.
An Age-Friendly Whitby Network has been formed and is made up of Seniors, Community Partners and Town Staff. Their purpose is to oversee the implementation of recommendations within the Age-Friendly Whitby Action Plan. Although municipally led, completion of the objectives depends significantly on organizations and support within the Whitby community. Progress will be monitored through resident feedback and annual reporting to Town of Whitby Council. The Town of Whitby, Seniors and the Community are excited to be undertaking this initiative to ensure Whitby remains the Community of Choice for its residents..