Annual Seniors Day Hosted by MPP Jill Dunlop - September 20/19

Celebrating “Seenagers” with Honourable Minister Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility at our 2019 Seniors Day

 NEWS -  September 16, 2019

Seniors make a difference in our communities every day, from supporting family members and friends, to assisting charities and volunteering.  Seniors are valued contributors to the foundation of Simcoe North and as the times change, so do the needs, wants and activities of our senior community.  Long gone are the days where we think of seniors as just sitting in rocking chairs knitting or playing checkers, seniors of today still do that during down time but on a regular basis are pushing themselves to balance a healthy lifestyle with leisure time! Seniors are enjoying life and the experiences that come with it through hiking, biking, running, climbing, skiing and so much more as “Seenagers”.

Join us at the Coldwater Arena, Friday September 20, 2019 as we celebrate our seniors with a morning about them filled with information on everything from nutrition and healthy lifestyles to safety, security, investments and more!  Over 40 vendors will fill the arena floor with essential information and to offer insight in to items and topics of interest surrounding senior citizens in our communities.  Our senior guests can feel free to wander the area and engage with experts in their fields, and possibly take part in some dance or pickle ball along the way.  The upper hall will offer guest speakers starting at 10:00am. Our Master of Ceremonies team of Dr. Kevin Young, Geriatrician & Physician Lead NSM SGS Program and Sandra Easson-Bruno, Director NSM SGS Program will keep us on track introducing speakers providing insight on a variety of topics from Alisa Herriman our Nutrition Specialist, Judy Contin speaking on day trips for seniors and the value of them, Carmine Stumpo, CEO of Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital will offer updates and insight into new developments with the hospital.   Crystal Cabural, Lead Fitness Instructor at Functional Fitness, will provide guests with tips on aging, exercise and maintaining your independence through everyday movement.  At noon, we are proud to announce the Honourable Minister Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility as our final guest speaker.  Minister Cho’s career started as a social worker with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Raymond made his first foray into politics in 1991, when he was first elected as a Metro Councillor. He was eventually re-elected a total of eight times as a Toronto City Councillor since. He was also elected four times as the Chair of Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo and was instrumental in bringing the pandas from China to Toronto.

In September 2016, Minister Cho won a provincial by-election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River and became the first Korean born member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Aside from his public life, Minister Cho is also heavily involved in advocating for humanitarian causes and strives for the fair and equal treatment of all people. In 2008, Minister Cho founded the Global Youth Leaders, an organization that provides international leadership opportunities for high school students. In both 2010 and 2012, Minister Cho led the group to the Philippines to assist with the rebuilding of homes for typhoon victims. He also led students twice from GYL to Jamaica to help orphans and seniors with HIV and AIDS.  Now the Minster for Seniors and Accessibility, Minister Cho offers insight and support to the senior communities across the province.

This exciting and action packed morning will also include an array of door prizes, demonstrations and of course a complimentary light lunch prepared fresh by Di’s Picnic Basket Catering.

If you are a senior citizen interested in attending the event and are in need of transportation, Helping Hands Orillia at (705) 325-7861 and Going with Gibb at (705) 345-2239, have generously offered their transportation services on a first come first serve basis.  Please contact them directly to see if they can accommodate you.