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Marking the day: Township representatives held a flag raising Oct. 1 to mark National Seniors Day and the International Day of Older Persons. More at langleyadvance.com.
Langley event part of global efforts for seniors
Representatives from the Township of Langley raised a flag marking the International Day of Older Persons on Oct. 1.
On hand for the ceremony was Acting Mayor Petrina Arnason, Leslie Gaudette, from the Fraser Valley Branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees, Langley Seniors Community Action Table co-chair Sylvia Anderson, and representatives from the Township of Langley’s Community Recreation Department.
“The Township of Langley has recently been awarded an ‘Age Friendly Community’ designation from the province of BC. This has created a broad and robust framework for municipal leaders to follow in order to enact measures to ensure that our communities will be more inclusive for our senior adults,” said Arnason.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize that older persons are an enormous asset to society and make a significant contribution to global development.
In Canada, the event is organized and endorsed by a collaboration of over 50 groups representing seniors, retiree and advocacy. They have come together as ‘Seniors Vote’. Some of the leaders for this endeavour are the National Pensioners Federation, the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) and the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of British Columbia.
“Recognizing that in this election year, the mandate of seniors can be advanced. This event was organized to bring attention to the need for action in four key areas of concern to seniors: pensions, health care, housing and growing inequality in Canada”, said Herb John, president of the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation.
The theme of this year’s event is Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment. The United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated in his address marking the occasion the need to make cities inclusive for people of all ages.
“On this International Day of Older Persons, I call on governments to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable so that no one – of any age – is left behind,” he said.
Future farmer? Whether the machine was running or not mattered little to one-and-a-half-year-old Hayden Sinclair, who boarded a rusty old miniature tractor at Aldor Acres on a sunny afternoon Oct. 5. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance)
Congratulations: Langley Advance reader Barb McAdie, who walks away with a $50 gift card to White Spot. She was selected in our online contest to win the prize.
“My favourite White Spot memory is with my family. We always went to White Spot for dinner,” she said, sharing this picture of herself and her father. “My dad grew up in Vancouver, and White Spot was, and still is, one of his favs. Yep, the famous Triple O Burger is now my favourite… good times back then, while growing up, and now I get to make new memories with my family at the White Spot… my son loves the macaroni and cheese Pirate Pak dinner. We will definitely be by for Pirate Pak day.” Watch for more online contests and giveaways from the Langley Advance.
Missing a Harris hawk?: This rare bird was spotted at Brydon Lagoon in Langley City recently by avid birdwatcher Cos van Wermeskerken. He’s sure someone is missing this bird, that he noted had its legs tied and was sporting a bell. “I’m not an expert on birds,” he said, but “I took this photo of what I believe to be a Harris hawk. Someone is probably looking for it because I am not aware of them living in the wild anywhere north of Texas.”
(Cos van Wermeskerken/Special to the Langley Advance)