Township of Esquimalt Recognized as Age-Friendly Community

September 28, 2012

Esquimalt Recognized as Age-Friendly Community

Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan with Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Councillor Tim Morrison at the age-friendly recognition ceremony held on September 26, 2012 at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria.

Esquimalt has been recognized by the Ministry of Health as an Age-friendly Community. The recognition goes to local governments that support older residents to remain healthy and active in their community. Esquimalt was one of nine municipalities province-wide that received the recognition.

“We are pleased to be recognized in this way and will continue in our efforts to make Esquimalt an accessible and healthy community for residents of all ages,” said Mayor Barbara Desjardins.

Examples of recent age-friendly improvements in the Township include Esquimalt Active Park, an outdoor fitness park for all ages and abilities, and accessibility improvements to its recreation facilities. 

As part of the recognition, the Township received an award poster and a $1000 grant from the Ministry of Health to create a legacy project or a celebration.

The Age-friendly BC program focuses on providing communities with support, information and recognition to help meet the needs of an aging population. In September 2011, Premier Christy Clark announced the launch of the renewal of the Age-friendly BC strategy, with planning and project grants, tools and the recognition program. In February 2012, Age-friendly BC and the Union of BC Municipalities awarded grants to 52 local governments.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ritchie Morrison, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 250-414-7122