The Village of Salmo is investing over $24,000 in age-friendly initiatives.
These initiatives will be shaped by the community through a comprehensive survey assessment, panel discussion of local and regional experts and dotocracy vote at the age-friendly community forum planned for Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Salmo Valley Youth and Recreation Centre. (See the agenda here: http://salmo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Age-Friendly-Updated-Notice.pdf.)
The comprehensive survey results, completed by over 10 percent of the adult population will be considered at the forum and are summarized in this two page sheet: http://salmo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Age-Friendly-assessment-Summary-Sheet-DRAFT.pdf. Over 43 percent of survey respondents were over 70 years old with the majority between the ages of 55 and 70.
Panelists will consider the recommendations and open the floor to the public to add their input and ultimately vote at the end of the night to indicate their area of priority. Maps of existing and proposed bench locations as well as existing and proposed sidewalks will also be on the walls available for public comment and input.
At the conclusion of this event, the Village will generate an age-friendly action plan for Salmo that will be brought before council for adoption and integration into the five-year strategic Plan.
Mayor Stephen White said he’s proud of council for prioritizing age-friendly initiatives and ensuring that Salmo remains a “welcoming, accessible and life-enhancing place for seniors and people of all ages.” He also praised the work of the volunteer Salmo Seniors Working Group, who have collaborated with the village administrator to ensure the survey and democratic process reflects the will and needs of the people.