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City Applauds Move to Create B.C. Seniors' Advocate

Group of smiling seniors.

February 15, 2012

Surrey – Mayor Dianne Watts is applauding the B.C. government’s decision to create an advocate to help improve care for seniors.

“We welcome the move and believe it will help strengthen the supports and resources currently available to our seniors,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “It is important for all levels of government to engage the community and look at new ways of improving access and delivery of services.”

Approximately 13 per cent of Surrey’s population is over the age of 65, and it is predicted the seniors population South of the Fraser will grow by 179 per cent over the next 10 to 15 years.

The City of Surrey recently created a new Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee to raise awareness about issues impacting seniors, and provide information, resources, support and a direct link to City Council.

“Our new committee will help us better support our seniors, and we’re looking forward to working closely with the new seniors’ advocate to address important issues relating to healthcare, safety, isolation, fraud, and elder abuse,” says Councillor Barbara Steele, Chair of the Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee.

She adds the new committee will build on the collaboration and work that has been achieved in Surrey over the past several years through the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors. The task force has been recognized regionally as an innovative prevention and education model in the field of crime prevention and community safety.

Through the task force, the City has hosted 10 forums throughout the city, in multiple languages, to share information and resources with seniors and their families. The next forum is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th at the Fleetwood Community Centre from 9am to 3pm.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584