Pointe Claire is pleased to announce that the City’s Aid for Seniors Program is a finalist in the social development category in the 2016 Mérite Ovation municipale contest organized by the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ). The program is known for the strong bonds it creates between young and old in the community.
“This nomination puts the spotlight on our program, which provides seniors with a wide range of services,” says the mayor. “The program enables them to live in their own homes for a longer time. It reduces their isolation while supporting young people’s involvement in the community, employability, and intergenerational bonds.”
Over the years, services provided under the Aid for Seniors Program have been extended to answer the needs of a growing population of seniors. Since the program was established in 1984, ties between young people ages 16 to 25 and seniors have developed to the point of becoming a basic element of their everyday life, extending beyond formal structures.
“What is so characteristic of this program, and makes it so exceptional, is the personal involvement of our young people with seniors in the community,” notes Mayor Trudeau. “We’re very proud of this.”
Every year, Mérite Ovation municipale recognizes municipalities that have distinguished themselves through projects, programs or achivements that improve residents’ quality of life. In 2016, 83 innovative projects were submitted and 22 have now been selected as finalists by the jury.
Pointe-Claire’s nomination will give the City an opportunity to present the program, and the highly beneficial connections it creates between young and old, at the UMQ’s annual meeting on May 12 and 13. The most deserving projects will be acknowledged as winners at the gala evening on May 13.