Two men play chess in a park while a third looks on (Юлія Вівчарик/Unsplash)

Two men play chess in a park while a third looks on (Юлія Вівчарик/Unsplash)

Penticton working with UBCO to honour Day of Older Peoples

The City is compiling profiles of older people who have made an impact in the community

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons, and the City of Penticton is partnering with volunteers and University of BC Okanagan students to shine a light on impactful older people in the community.

Shared as part of an upcoming campaign to celebrate Day of Older Persons, profiles of those making a difference through volunteering, sports, art and more will be compiled by the city, volunteers and UBCO students.

The inter-generational involvement in the project follows recommendations outlined in the Penticton Age-Friendly Action Plan, with the city being committed to becoming a recognized age-friendly community.

“The Age-Friendly Action Plan identified that some older people feel stigmatized because of their age,” said Penticton’s social development specialist Adam Goodwin, “Our aim is to highlight and celebrate the contributions people of all ages and abilities are making to our safe and vibrant community.”

“This group of older adults is a snapshot of the remarkable people who are volunteering their time, coaching out children and working behind the scenes to make this a great city,” Goodwin added.

Older adults interested in taking part in the campaign can email or call 250-490-2512 by Sept. 17.

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