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November 23, 2004
First meeting of the Mayor's Roundtable on Seniors
The first meeting of the Mayor's Roundtable on Seniors takes place today, at
2:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chamber. The roundtable, chaired by
Councillor Gay Cowbourne, is a unique intergovernmental and community
initiative designed to focus attention on policies, programs and services to
support the quality of life of seniors in Toronto.

The roundtable is an avenue for providing advice to the decision-making process
of City Council. The membership is composed of 19 government and community
representatives from the City, the Province of Ontario, the Government of
Canada, and senior service and advocacy organizations, as well as individual

"The Roundtable on Seniors provides a unique opportunity-all three orders of
government, the community sector and seniors have committed to work together as
partners on seniors' issues," said Mayor David Miller.

"This initiative is long overdue," said Councillor Gay Cowbourne. "Toronto's
population is getting older and the City of Toronto needs to develop strategies
to address the needs of Toronto's senior population."

The roundtable will consider a profile of seniors in the city and an action
plan to address seniors' needs in areas such as recreation, activities of daily
living, housing and homelessness. The roundtable's membership includes:
· Deborah Wallace - Director General, Income Security Programs, Ontario Region,
Social Development Canada
· Geoff Quirt, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Seniors' Secretariat,
Province of Ontario
· Toronto Mayor David Miller (ex-officio)
· Councillors Gay Cowbourne, Gloria Lindsay Luby and Deputy Mayor Mike Feldman
· Lois Dent, Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities
· Al Gorlick, Alliance of Seniors to Protect Canada's Social Programs
· Margaret Hawthorn, Older Women's Network
· Zul Kassamali, Multicultural Alliance for Seniors and Aging (MASA)
· Lynne Lawrie, Toronto District Health Council
· Bea Levis, CareWatch, Ontario Coalition of Seniors Citizens' Organizations
· Judith Wahl, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
· Margaret Watson, Canadian Pensioners Concerned
· Susan Thorning, Ontario Community Support Association
· Seniors Forum (community) members Samuel Bond, Marcelle Campbell, Neville
Gordon, Jack Harmer, Gail Yardy

Media contact:
Councillor Gay Cowbourne, Ward 44 - Scarborough East,



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