Long term care planning focus of mayor’s free community events

Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., June 6, 2016 – In recognition of June as Seniors’ Month, Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series presents two free community events with keynote speaker Karen Henderson focused on helping residents and their families plan ahead.

Henderson is the founder and CEO of the Long Term Care Planning Network. Her presentation will focus on the importance of advance arrangements for long term care and related financial planning. Mayor Goldring and representatives from Carpenter Hospice will also give presentations. Interested residents of all ages and their families are welcome to attend.

Karen Henderson

Karen Henderson

“Members of the community are telling me they have questions about arranging long term care for themselves or a loved one,” said Mayor Goldring. “These Inspire Burlington events are intended to foster those conversations and encourage residents and their families to be proactive.”

What: Helping Seniors and Their Families Plan for Tomorrow

A Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Speakers’ Series event

When/Where: Friday, June 17, Tansley Woods Community Centre (Community Rooms 1 and 2), 1996 Itabashi Way, 9:30-11:30 a.m.       

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Inspire Burlington events on June 17 focused on seniors

Recently, residents have connected with me about questions on long term care and financial planning for their retirement years.

Based on these conversations, as well as those with the compassionate team at Carpenter Hospice, my next Inspire Burlington speakers’ series events in June are focused on these topics.

Inspire Burlington: Helping Seniors and Their Families Plan for Tomorrow features keynote speaker Karen Henderson.

There are two Inspire Burlington sessions from which to choose: June 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tansley Woods Community Centre, Community Rooms 1 and 2, 1996 Itabashi Way or June 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Burlington Seniors’ Centre, Auditorium, 2285 New St. Continue reading

March/April 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in March/April, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online. Continue reading

February 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in February, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Council News in Brief

As a way to further engage the community in our conversation about great city-building and keep you informed of the latest news at City Hall, I am posting highlights from committee and council meetings on my blog at www.burlingtonmayor.com. Highlights will be posted within a day or two of committee and council meetings on my blog. Please check back regularly to stay up to date. Here are the latest committee and council news items in brief for February:  Continue reading

January 2016 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in January, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

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State of the City Address 2016

Burlington must grow differently as the city approaches build-out of its urban areas and as the city continues to protect valued green spaces. We are one of the first municipalities in Southern Ontario to stop sprawl and instead grow in place, something that many other municipalities will be faced with in the next decade or two.

I was pleased to deliver this message as part of my annual State of the City Address on Jan. 28 to a Burlington Chamber of Commerce audience of more than 400 people.

Burlington is built out with very little room left for traditional greenfield suburban-type development. Fifty per cent of Burlington is rural, agricultural, natural greenbelt and the vast majority of people I talk to want to keep it that way.

The centrepiece of my message was the nearly-complete Strategic Plan for the City of Burlington. After more than a year of collaboration between the community, City Council and city staff, the strategic plan is nearly done, with city staff making revisions based on the feedback provided in December and January. The completed document goes to City Council for approval this spring.

There are four key strategic directions outlined in Burlington’s new strategic plan including: i) A City That Grows ii) A City that Moves iii) A Green and Healthy City iv) An Engaging City. These themes were highlighted in an accompanying video entitled ‘Where We Grow from Here: Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040’.

The strategic plan is the 25-year blueprint for city-building and will be supported in more detail with the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Corporate Work Plan.

To read the complete speech, visit http://www.burlingtonmayor.com/state-of-the-city-2016/. The video recording is available below of the entire speech.

For the Where We Grow from Here: Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040, watch below, or to review the draft strategic plan, visit www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

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