Toronto Forum Seeks New Members

Date: January 11, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News
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Toronto Senior's Forum is recruiting new members for 2016!  Experience opportunities to:

- Advocate for change on issues that matter

- Develop an age-friendly Toronto

- Network with other seniors organizations

Who are we?

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum (TSF) is a city-sponsored and supported group of diverse seniors (60 and over) who are Toronto residents. The group is sponsored by the City of Toronto Social Development Finance and Administration Division. 

The Forum meets monthly to examine, discuss and advise on seniors issues. The Toronto Seniors’ Forum was established in 2004 “to facilitate civic engagement of seniors in Toronto” and “to ensure that Toronto meets its commitment to providing equitable services to all seniors living in or visiting Toronto.”

The Toronto Seniors' Forum provides an opportunity for senior residents to have input into the City of Toronto’s operations and policies.

Who sits on the Toronto Seniors’ Forum?

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum is comprised of 22 members who meet monthly to examine, advocate, and advise on seniors' issues that matter to older Torontonians.The Forum tries to choose members who can embody the “voice” of seniors. Strong efforts are made to ensure that the voices of seniors who are marginalized (due to language, culture, poverty, or other diversity issues) are included.

Members are chosen to represent communities with common social identities and is composed of a diverse group of seniors 60 and older.

What does the Toronto Seniors’ Forum do?

Mission Statement: The Toronto Seniors’ Forum facilitates the civic engagement of senior residents in Toronto, works to ensure that municipal services are provided equitably to all seniors in Toronto, and advocates on behalf of senior residents.

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum focuses on services, issues and concerns related to, or impacting, seniors who live in Toronto.

The Forum attempts to advise, educate, advocate and assist the City of Toronto on matters affecting seniors. In order to do so, members of the Toronto Seniors’ Forum seek out the opinions and thoughts of senior residents across Toronto through consultations, educational programs, and advocacy activities. Forum members must then convey their findings to Council and city staff through reports, presentations, and meetings with Council members.

What are the priorities for seniors in Toronto?

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum held consultations with seniors in most communities across Toronto. These consultations yielded a number of common priorities for seniors across the city. Priorities for seniors appear to be:

  • Transportation and mobility
  • Financial issues: seniors’ resources, service costs, program fees, and fiscal ability to access services.
  • Civic engagement: the need for leadership and advocacy around seniors’ issues.
  • Housing and accommodation.
  • Health, community and social services.
  • Culturally sensitive services.
  • Safety, security and legal protection

 

Application Process: Applications will be reviewed by City staff and selected applicants will be invited to interview for membership. Applications are to be completed online:

http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/seniorsforum/

or

Mailed to Tina Peach, Support Assistant: City Hall, 15th Floor, East Tower, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. For telephone inquiries, please call 416-392-8630. Applications will be accepted until the full complement of 22 members is reached.

For additional information visit Toronto Seniors Forum at:  http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=c9d991cb228c9410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD