Seniors Connect is a collaborative project focused on reducing the social isolation of adults age 55 and over in Nanaimo through participation in local activities, increased community connection and providing older adults meaningful opportunities for engagement. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and will provide an array of programming through partner organizations.
Seniors Connect Community Resource Card
This card was envisioned and created by one of our volunteer Action Groups. This wallet-sized piece offers a number of community resources for seniors. Hard copies are available at no cost, contact Seniors Connect to order. A digital version is below:
If you think a senior may be at risk, seek help!
If you are unsure of what to do contact
Vancouver Island Crisis Line
(24 hours a day/7 days a week)
For Information- Support & Referrals.
Dial 911 for urgent emergencies
The Latest on Wise Folks
Over 500 people joined us for the inaugral Seniors Connect Expo held on October 1st at Beban Park. With over 40 exhibitors and 80 plus volunteers, we were able to reach a lot of folks and share important information on how to stay socially engaged through participation and volunteering. You may even see yourself in this episode of Wise Folks.
Wise Folks which is filmed and hosted by senior volunteers airs once a month and includes such important topics as social isolation, health and wellness, transportation and more. Missed an episode? Archives are here. The program also showcases seniors in our community and it is featured Islandwide! If you have an idea for a great guest on Wise Folks, please contact producer Cathy Holmes at 250-754-3331 x 202.
Wise Folks is a collaborative production with Shaw Spotlight.
Who is the Nanaimo Seniors Task Force?
The Nanaimo Seniors Task Force (NSTF) is a group of volunteers from Nanaimo who are committeed to making Nanaimo an Age-Friendly City. In 2017, the Nanaimo City Council approved the idea of Nanaimo trying to achieve an age friendly city status which required an application of a plan to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Age Friendly City Plan is based on recommendations that came out of numerous meetings with seniors and a city wide survey that were undertaken as part of the Nanaimo Seniors Connect project. Additionally the NSTF identified groups of potential stakeholders who they are now approaching to discuss the ideas behind the plan and to enlist their support of the idea of making Nanaimo an age-friendly city.
The draft plan was submitted as part of the City of Nanaimo’s Seniors Connect project initiative and is now awaiting endorsement by the new Nanaimo City Council and approval of the provincial representative for the WHO.
The NSTF is actively recruiting new members. If you are passionate about civic engagement, and advocating for better living conditions for everyone, most particularly older adults, please consider joining the committee. Check out who we are and our Age Friendly City Plan here.
The Nanaimo Age Friendly City Plan is hot off the press! Learn about the Nanaimo Seniors Task Force project to advocate for older adults in Nanaimo and make the city a better place for everyone to work, live, grow up and grow old in.
Read the Nanaimo Age Friendly City Plan (Draft). It has been submitted to the World Health Organization to determine whether or not we can get an age friendly city designation and will be presented to Nanaimo City Council on October 15th for endoresement. Learn more about the Nanaimo Seniors Task Force or find out how you can volunteer to be part of a subcommittee on one of the many initiatives we will be setting out to achieve over the next five years.