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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford proclaims June 'Seniors Month' Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 1, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, alongside City Councillor Josh Matlow and Member of Provincial Parliament Sophia Aggelonitis, proclaimed the month of June as Seniors Month. The proclamation was succeeded by entertainment events.
According to information from Statistics Canada in 2006, there were more than 353,000 seniors living in the City of Toronto. Seniors 65 and older comprised of 14 percent of the city’s population, while 53 percent in the Greater Toronto Area.
Figures from the City of Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration Division state that by 2031 the number of seniors 85 and over is projected to be 85 percent larger than in the year 2001, which is approximately close to 31,000.
On Wednesday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of City Council, proclaimed the month of June to be Seniors Month. St. Paul’s Ward 22 City Councillor Josh Matlow, Hamilton Mountain Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister Responsible for Seniors Sophia Aggelonitis and representatives from Toronto Seniors’ Forum welcomed the proclamation and joined the celebration.
“Whereas seniors represent the fastest growing sector of our population and this annual celebration, now in its 27th year, gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the tremendous contributions seniors make to the life and vibrancy of our city,” said Ford in his proclamation address.
“Seniors are a valuable resource and continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of our community. They have earned our respect and appreciation for their tremendous contributions to society.”
Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Sophia Aggelonitis.
Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Sophia Aggelonitis.
He added that seniors’ health and well-being are crucial for the city due to their vast knowledge and experience that would assist in building communities and continue to add to the accomplishments and vivacity of Toronto.
“Now therefore, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as ‘Seniors’ Month’ and encourage everyone to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of our seniors and the contributions they make to our communities.”
Prior to the mayor’s remarks, there was a seniors drumming group that performed “connecting through music.” Matlow and the audience in attendance clapped and enjoyed the music being played by the nine ladies and one young gentleman.
Following the speeches, there were entertainment events, including a Chinese choir, Steel Pan Drum and an East Indian dancing performance.
Seniors enjoying entertainment
Seniors enjoying entertainment
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