MIDLAND SENIORS COUNCIL
The Seniors Council mandate is to recommend, advocate or act as a catalyst for the introduction, improvement and enhancement of services for seniors in the Midland area.
SENIORS COUNCIL NEWS
SENIORS COUNCIL LUNCHEON - June 7th, 2017
Midland Seniors Council will be holding a special luncheon event to celebrate Seniors Month at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre. Here are the details, we do hope you can make it!
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
Seniors Council Luncheon
Including presentation "Don't Lose Your Nest Egg" by Judge Bob Main & Steve Rinaud
Community Hall at NSSRC
FREE tickets are available in advance only at Customer Service Kiosk at NSSRC, Askennonia, and GBGH Gift Shop/Coffee Bar.
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JANUARY 2016 MEETING UPDATE
The regularly scheduled Seniors Council monthly meeting took place on Thursday, January 21.
Councillor Jonathan Main, Town of Midland, presented a report outlining the current concerns of Council. We were informed that there will be spring sessions regarding the official plan review. He provided more information about the Home Occupancy By-Law; the Traffic plans for school areas and for the main street; the proposed changes that may affect the Midland PUC. The council will be dealing with these in the near future. The Town Council has also set the date for Midland’s Butter Tart Festival, which will take place the weekend of June 11, 2016.
The main focus of our meeting concerned the changes to our local hospital. GBGH has recently undergone a hospital operational review which had 108 recommendations. If all of these changes were adopted, they would have both long and short term repercussions for the citizens of our town, Penetanguishene, and all of the smaller villages and towns within Tiny and Tay Townships.
We were reminded of the public meetings:
January 21, 2016 – 7-9 p.m. – North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre (Midland)
January 25, 2016 – 7-9 p.m. – Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre (Penetanguishene)
January 26, 2016 – 7-9 p.m. - Wyebridge Community Centre (Wyebridge)
January 29, 2016 – 7-9 p.m. – Oakwood Community Centre (Victoria Harbour)
At least three Seniors Council members were able to attend the meeting at the Sports Centre last night. Many members of the public attended. A big concern at the meeting was the closing of the Obstetrics unit and the rerouting of patients to Orillia or Barrie for these services. Many felt that this would result in the loss of younger doctors to our area because they would not be able to gain the experience in Midland which is needed to remain current in their chosen field. We heard from doctors (who deliver babies) voice their dismay at the idea of having to move away from the community because of these cutbacks.
Another area of focus at the Seniors Council meeting is very important to the older population as well as others in the community. This is the ICU unit which deals with critically ill patients of all ages who require constant and close monitoring at all times. If the recommendation to reduce the number of beds from 6 to 4 is followed, this unit will not be able to function at its current level of care. In this situation, patients cannot wait for care and it cannot be ideal to move an ICU patient from one hospital to another which is an hour and a half away by ambulance before they are more stablized!
Many of the recommendations concern events and or practices from past years, which need to be updated and changed to meet current needs.
Several of them have concern the Government of Ontario’s hospital funding method. This was explained by GBGH CEO, Karen McGrath, who has inherited many of the problems and is working with everyone concerned to follow the recommendations; make changes and keep what we still need for our hospital; and by the GBGH board chair, Ralph Befort in his summary and praise of Karen’s efforts at the end of the meeting.
It is also up to the citizens of our community to do what is necessary to have our voices heard. We cannot remain quiet or complacent about what is important to us. We also need to let those making the changes know what we think is important. Please attend the public meetings if at all possible. Contact our hospital by letter or email and let them know what you feel is important. Contact our Member of Provincial Parliament with your concerns for our hospital. If we all try to do our part, we can all work together to keep services and help solve the health care concerns addressed in the report presented to GBGH.
DECEMBER 2015 MEETING UPDATE
At the December 14th meeting of the Midland Town Council, Richard Wackerlin, our Vice-Chair, presented a verbal summary of the 2015 Seniors Council report called “Our Town, Our Home”. Copies of this report had been previously sent to the Mayor and the council members. It was based on comments from many of the town’s senior citizens who attended our June 2015 seniors’ luncheon at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Complex. The presentation can be seen at various times during the month of January on Channel 53, Rogers Cable TV. The report contained a variety of recommendations to town council regarding future town planning along with various suggestions and ideas to make it easier for seniors to remain in their own homes for as long as possible with some assistance as required. A copy of “Our Town, Our Home” was also to be forwarded to the Town Planner for further study.
We have welcomed a new Seniors Council member as of our final meeting for 2015. Her name is Sandra Taylor and we are pleased to have her join our group. We look forward to working with her in 2016.
We thank Richard for his presentation to Town Council and also thank all members of the Seniors Council Committee for their work. If you wish to bring concerns regarding seniors to our attention, please forward them to our contact person for the Town; our council representative, Jonathan Main, or you can also reach the members of our Seniors Council Committee by leaving a message or other correspondence at the town offices. It will be forwarded to us and one of our members will get back to you regarding your concerns. The names and email addresses of our town contacts are listed on our committee page.
Chair: Elizabeth O'Connor
Vice-Chair: Richard Wackerlin
Secretary: Frieda Baldwin
Committee Members: Barbara Barger, Lise Bogad, Douglas Campbell, Judy Contin, Margaret Hamelin, John Kurvink, Sandra Taylor
Town of Midland Resource: Karen Desroches
Council Representative: Jonathan Main
Website Contact: Scott Cooper
The members of the Midland Seniors Council are continuously involved in a planning process, which will endeavour to identify the needs of Seniors in this area and how best to service these needs.
For more information about the Midland Seniors Council, please contact:
Deputy Clerk, Town of Midland
427 Dominion Avenue
Midland, Ontario L4R 1R2
Telephone: 705-526-4275; ext. 2208
The Midland Seniors Council was established in the late 80's by Midland Mayor Ted Symons.
A questionnaire was mailed to every Midland resident, which revealed that Seniors needed bus service to Mountainview Mall. This service subsequently began, as did a Senior Fair at the Midland Centennial Arena.
Mayor Ted Symons recognized the magnitude of the contributions seniors make to our community. In April 1992, Martha Dickerson, was awarded the first "Senior Volunteer of the Year Award" by Mayor Ted Symons.
This ceremony persists annually, with nominations coming from the community.
Surveys of Local Senior's Needs
The Midland Seniors Council processes surveys from time to time to be kept aware of seniors needs.
The most recent survey addressed the ways to assist seniors so they
could remain longer in their own homes. This resulted in the report “Our Town,
Our Home” which was presented to the Town Council in December, 2015. They are
currently using this report to assist them with the upcoming Official Plan
Review and to the Traffic study and the proposed changes resulting from it.
Public Information through the Media
The Midland Seniors Council is always trying to keep seniors informed on any current information regarding making their lives, better, healthier and safe. Please check our "Notice Board" on the side of this page for our most current information.
Health and Safety of Seniors
Providing information regarding Seniors' concerns and issues.
Publicize information about services for seniors.
Seniors rights and awareness.
Information - Services & Opportunities for Seniors
Sponsorship for information sessions.
Internet link with the Town of Midland
In conjunction with other services in Midland.
The Midland Seniors Council is governed by a set of by-laws approved by the Midland Town Council. These by-laws may be viewed upon request through the Midland Seniors Council.
If you are a citizen of Midland and are interested in
becoming a member of the Midland Seniors Council, submit a letter expressing
your interest and address it to the Deputy Clerk for the Town of Midland, 575
Dominion Avenue, Midland, Ontario L4R 1R2.