CARP AGM in Langley open to all ages

Anyone interested in social issues should check out the second annual AGM of the South Fraser chapter of CARP on April 23.

No longer an association for just retired persons, CARP is about a New Vision of Aging in Canada, and many of its members are as young as 20.

“Every issue affects everybody, especially when there’s federal changes to pension, health care or social housing,” said Teri McKenzie, chair of South Fraser CARP Chapter #48.

According to the CARP statement, “the collective group has the power to influence the government, our marketplace and our communities,” explained McKenzie.

In just its second year the South Fraser chapter of CARP boasts 900 members from Langley to Chilliwack. Nationwide there are 350,000 members.

According to the CARP website, “our members no longer need be retired [and] we’ve removed any age barrier from membership. Forty-year-olds start planning their retirement and have 65 year-old parents. Fifty-somethings are the sandwich generation, often supporting children and worrying about their own parents, while the 60-plus are redefining what it means to age; living longer, stronger, more vital lives.”

The AGM will also be an information session, where people can “get informed and hopefully get involved,” said McKenzie. There are also many volunteer opportunities available in the organization.

BC rep April Lewis will open the meeting, followed by guest speaker Milt Kruger, president of the BC Senior Games, which will be held in Langley in September 2014. In addition to the sporting events for seniors, they are also looking for volunteers.

Keynote speaker is Janice McTaggert, director of the Langley Seniors Resource Society, on “Who do you call when you need help?”

Members who wish to serve on the board of directors can put their names forward at the meeting.

The AGM is April 23 at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre, 20605 51B Ave. Registration is at 6 p.m., the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until about 9 p.m.

RSVP at 604-510-3735 or by email southfrasercarp@gmail.com.

For more information see www.southfrasercarp.ca or www.carp.ca for the national organization.

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