Active, Connected, and Engaged!
These are the keys to health and wellness for all of us, but they become particularly important as we age.
Based on these simple essentials, Healthy Aging develops and supports a range of programs and activities that support seniors.
Our work is informed by the community, in service to the community. Through collaboration and engagement with the Community-Based Seniors’ Services sector, we’ve developed a service model that is collaborative and responsive, flexible and strong.
This kind of intentional and ongoing community engagement ensures our programs remain relevant and meaningful – that they reduce seniors’ isolation and enhance the quality of life for older British Columbians, their families, friends, caregivers, and allies.
- Healthy Aging Team
- In the News
- Research & Reports
- Community Engagement
- Project Impact Healthy Aging
- CBSS Leadership Council
Healthy Aging Programs
United Way Healthy Aging administers grants and manages programs that provide exceptional quality-of-life benefits to seniors, helping them stay Active, Connected and Engaged! The Healthy Aging portfolio currently features eight different grant streams. A network of 127 community-based service agencies deliver 195 Healthy Aging programs throughout British Columbia.
Healthy Aging Team
Kahir LaljiProvincial Director
Bobbi SymesAssistant Director
Gemma BridgefootProject Assistant
Amaanali FazalEmergency Response and Partnerships Coordinator
Camille J. HannahProvincial Coordinator
Cathy HolmesProvincial Community Planner, Better at Home
Wingsi KanProject Assistant
Mai NgueynProject Assistant
Jessamine LiuAdministrative Assistant
Barbara McMillanProvincial Coordinator, Community Engagement
Esther MorenoCapacity Building Specialist
Calum PetersenGranting Specialist
Dr. Beverley PitmanSenior Regional Community Developer (Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sea to Sky)
Jean RikhofProvincial Coordinator, Data & Reporting
Sarrah StoreyRegional Community Developer (Northern BC)
Lisa CyrRegional Community Developer (Interior BC)
Cheryl BaldwinRegional Community Developer (Central & Northern Vancouver Island)
Laura KadowakiProgram & Operations Coordinator
Healthy Aging – In The News
At Healthy Aging, we believe that sharing stories about the work that’s being done in community helps to strengthen connections.
For more information about any of these stories, please contact email@example.com.
Healthy Aging – Research & Reports
Healthy Aging relies on social research to ensure all our programs are meaningful and responsive to the needs of people as they age. We undertake our own research projects and work in collaboration with other respected researchers.
The Community Based Seniors’ Services (CBSS) sector is broad and diverse, and to ensure the work of Healthy Aging by United Way BC remains relevant and working toward the goals of the sector at large, a number of community accountability and task groups have been convened to guide and support the work on a variety of fronts. Collectively, these groups are working toward: supporting increased capacity and sustainability of the sector to address the growing needs of BC’s aging population; raising awareness of the breadth and value of the sector; fostering opportunities for communication, coordination, and collaboration; and developing a collective voice on healthy aging and the CBSS sector.
Regional and Provincial Consultations bring together staff and volunteers from CBSS sector agencies and partner organizations from throughout B.C. to:
- share current resources, strategies, and programs that are making a difference in community for a particular area of priority
- identify challenges and gaps that need to be addressed
- explore opportunities for potential activities, resources, and collaboration to advance community action and effectiveness in those priority areas relevant to supporting older adults in community
Provincial Working Groups
To advance key sector and capacity development priorities, provincial working groups have been created for a number of priorities areas identified through Raising the Profile outreach, the Healthy Aging Summit, and more recent consultation feedback, as well as opportunities such as current interest and efforts of various partners and stakeholders. These include:
1. Higher Needs/More Isolated Seniors grants program
3. Nutritional Supports
4. Interfaith and Intercultural Communities
5. Seniors Community Action Committees
6. Rural/Remote Communities
7. Indigenous Relations
These working groups are working to identify priorities and develop activities aimed at addressing needs in their subject areas. In addition, an Information, Referral, and Personal Advocacy community of practice has been established to share information on programs, policies, and practices, relevant resources, and opportunities for training, coordination, and collaboration.
Provincial Summit on Aging
The Provincial Summit on Aging brings together Community-Based Seniors’ Services (CBSS) organizations, older adults, family and friend caregivers, academia, and government representatives to discuss and collaborate on current issues and innovations in healthy aging.
The third biennale Summit on Aging took place on April 27-29, 2022 in Richmond, BC. To learn more about the summit, including the roster of speakers, read the report below.
Healthy Aging Core
Healthy Aging Collaborative Online Resources and Education is a platform to connect community-based seniors services organizations and allied agencies and individuals in British Columbia. CORE is designed
to provide up-to-date information, resources, and training opportunities and to make it easier to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate in order to help build capacity, strengthen the network, and develop a collective and cohesive voice among volunteers, staff, and others who support healthy aging initiatives.
The development and implementation of Healthy Aging CORE is a response to recommendations made from community partners and stakeholders across the Province, based on extensive research, feedback from regional consultations, and actions from the 2017 Provincial Healthy Aging Summit.
Project Impact Healthy Aging
Healthy Aging also provides leadership training and capacity building within the community-based seniors’ service sector and the broader non-profit sector. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Project Impact Healthy Aging – A program development and evaluation process designed to help community agencies who provide programming for seniors a way to measure and improve their efforts.
CBSS Leadership Council
Executive Director, Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre
CBSS Leadership Council
Executive Director, Langley Senior Resources Society
Coordinator, Seniors Club, Specialized & Innovative Programs, MOSAIC
Executive Director, Nanaimo Family Life Association
Seniors Coordinator, Community Social Development, City of Richmond
Health Director, Prince George Native Friendship Centre
Director of Volunteer & Seniors’ Services, Beacon Community Service
Executive Director, Agassiz-Harrison Community Services
Regional Mentor, Vancouver Island Central and North, BC CRNs
Dr. Janice Murphy
Executive Director, Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative
Recreation, Health and Wellness Supervisor, City of Kamloops
Member, CBSS Leadership Council
Executive Director, Seniors Come Share Society
Community Development Coordinator, Golden, B.C.
President, Men’s Shed Association of B.C.; President of Coquitlam Men’s Shed Society
Project Manager, Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors Project, City of Surrey
Coordinator, Prince Rupert Seniors Centre
Regional Mentor, Northern Interior Region
Executive Director, Seniors’ Outreach and Resource Centre
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