Henry Kielley is a social worker from St. John’s. He graduated with his BSW in 2000, and his MSW in 2008, both from Memorial University. Henry spent 10 years with Eastern Health working front line in mental health and community supports, but mainly in long-term care. Henry managed the long-term care single entry program for a number of years before joining government in 2010. He has been with government since with the exception of a year spent as Manager of Social Work and Spiritual Care in a long-term care facility in Manitoba. He now works as the Director of the Seniors and Aging Division of the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development, as well as Acting Provincial Director of Adult Protection.
Investing in AFC principles across government policies: A vision for inclusive communities
Judy Brownoff has been an elected Municipal Councillor since 1993 for the District of Saanich. She has witnessed how older adults are experiencing aging through her work as previous Chair of the District’s Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee and recent work with the BC Healthy Communities Society where she has been President and Chair since 2012. When British Columbia selected Saanich to represent BC in the WHO Age-Friendly Cities initiative, Judy was the Community Leader. It was obvious to Judy that the Eight Domains were all domains local governments have direct influence on. Local governments are building communities every day and this leads to opportunities in everything from transportation to social connections, Fire on “getting out alive” program but also looking at falls in homes to Police on elder abuse, senior safety and many other opportunities that can help to create the community residents want. Judy has believed that communities need to be healthy, sustainable, liveability and inclusive for all ages and abilities.
Henry Kielley, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Judy Brownoff, District of Saanich, Canada
The implementation and sustainability of age-friendly communities (AFC) requires a conscious effort to involve multiple partners across sectors who are willing to integrate age-friendly principles into government policies. While this embedment usually requires an important investment of time, funds, and resources, it is essential for the future of a community. In this workshop, the District of Saanich, BC and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador join forces to discuss efforts made and underway to embed principles of age-friendly communities across government policies.
The unique case of Saanich will be presented first. Approximately 30% of the population of Saanich is over the age of 60. For more than 20 years, Saanich has been using an age-friendly lens for all of its work and across all city departments, including police, fire, and engineering, and infrastructure. Age-friendly principles are part of the District’s Official Community Plan and have been so ingrained in the District policies and practices that it is “what they do”. This first presentation will focus on describing the journey of the District of Saanich as well as how it shares the responsibility for creating and maintaining this inclusive community.
The second presentation will focus on the ongoing work of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The provincial government has made great strides to incorporate age-friendly communities planning in the Interdepartmental Working Group on Changing Demographics, and on the Aging Population Working Group. The Department of Children, Seniors, and Social Development is also working in collaboration with the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, as well as supported by the Department of Health and Community Services to advance age-friendly communities in the province. Age-friendly communities is also a major theme emerging from Newfoundland and Labrador’s Health Accord. More information will be provided on the work done to date to integrate age-friendly principles across government departments for the wellbeing of all generations.