On March 22, 2017, the 2017 Hamilton Age Friendly Symposium was held in Hamilton, Ontario.  I had the honour to attend this interesting event.

Arriving at registration I was welcomed by Rosemarie Morris a member of our Aging Together and a board member of the Hamilton Council on Aging. Entering the symposium room I was fortunate enough to find myself at a table with friends and acquaintances; Michelle Gold another Aging Together member, Anne Swift from the Alzheimer’s Society and Lily Romano a friend from my church.

I spent some time scanning the tables in the hallways outside.

Of special interest:


  1. City of Hamilton: 55+ Program Guide for Spring Summer 2017 (Online link: https://www.hamilton.ca/parks-recreation/55-programming)
  2. Seniors Kickoff Event Flyer: Monday, May 29, 10 am to 2 pm Sarcoa Restaurant, 57 Discovery Drive (http://coahamilton.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/COEvents-2016.pdf)
  3. YWCA Seniors Peer Connector Program: Seeking volunteers (age 55+) to connect with isolated seniors to assist them in attending activities and appointments.

I spoke with Lilliana one of the coordinators of the program who was also sitting at our table,

Online link: https://www.hamilton.ca/parks-recreation/55-programming



Wesley Urban Ministries

The pamphlet I picked up “Seniors Community Connection Program” states that the program is for “seniors” while the website lists the program as “Multicultural Seniors Outreach Program”.

I will follow up with Melissa Wysocki, asap


Melissa Wysocki
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 905 528 5629 x284


Information Hamilton

I picked up a few pamphlets about their office and the types of services they offer. Their main focus is maintaining the Red Book, both online and in print. I spoke with Pauline, briefly about the online resources, intending to reach out to her after the symposium. Luckily, the following week she and one of the data specialists were giving a workshop for professionals which I attended. More details later.


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