EVENTS and OWN ACTIVITIES
MEDIA RELEASE, Nov. 16, 2016
On November 9th, the Older Women’s Network (OWN) presented Living in Place and Universal Design Awards to five pioneers and supporters of barrier-free housing.
- Jessica Hiseler accepted an award on behalf of AccessAbility Advantage, a collaboration between Quadrangle Architects and March of Dimes, honoured for leading the way, providing guidance to developers and builders.
- Jacob Cohen, Director of Project Implementation at The Daniels Corporation, accepted an award for working with AccessAbility Advantage to move beyond the Building Code, and for beginning a collaboration with the Older Women’s Network to build a fully universal design building.
- Brian Davis, Executive Director of Houselink Community Homes, as well as Cathy Tafler and Doug Rylett of Tafler Rylett Architects were honoured for collaborating in the planning & building of a unique non-profit apartment building featuring full universal design enabling the organization to accommodate clients regardless of age or abilities.
- Toronto City Councillor David Shiner, who was unable to attend due to a City Council meeting, will be presented his award at a later date, celebrating his immediate and enthusiastic understanding the importance of universal design in housing.
Thea Kurdi, from DesignABLE Environments (www.designable.net), an experienced accessibility code consultant and universal design specialist, was the featured presenter.
The “Living in Place” event was organized to demonstrate to builders and developers that there is a market for barrier-free housing. Over 4.4 million Canadians (one out of every seven) live with some form of disability. That’s a substantial group of possible buyers who are generally overlooked by builders. The goal of this campaign is to have the Ontario Building Code changed to require that all new multi-unit residential buildings be fully universal design.
While OWN focuses on advocacy and public education, a sister organization, Unitarian Commons, is aiming to build the first universal design condominium to tackle the twin socio-health problems of isolation and barriers to mobility in homes. It is their hope that this pilot project will be replicated by others across Canada.
For more information on this campaign, please go to our Housing section, the link is on the Menu above.
Seniors’ Film Fridays at TIFF
The Bell TIFF Lightbox hosts Seniors’ Film Fridays. For anyone interested, you can make inquiries about upcoming films by emailing email@example.com.
The list of films is available here: http://www.tiff.net/films-and-talks/
November 25th ‘The Eagle Huntress’
December 16th ‘Neruda’
Their Philanthropy & Membership department is producing their fall report which will emphasize the role of women in film. They reached out to Alexis Haradyn specifically with a desire to profile an attendee from the Senior’s Film Friday programme. Naturally, since we are an advocacy group for senior women in Ontario, she thought of our group members right away! Do you happen to have an interest in being included in the report? Contact Alexis Haradyn at 416-599-8433 x2181
Free Concerts: Click this link for information on free concerts.
Check Events at the Native Women’s Resource Center here:
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OWN Special Interest Groups Meetings
Please click on the link for more info on each.
Social Link: First Saturday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
La Vie en Rose French group: Fourth Thursday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm.
Book Discussion Groups: Two are held at branches of the Toronto Public Library, and one at the OWN office; groups meet once a month. Each group decides on format, book selection and time of meeting.
In My Own Voice: The writers’ group meets every first Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm at the OWN office.
Workshops for Low Income Retirement - At various library branches, see the flyer for more information.
The workshop is geared to 55 – 64 years old individuals, but will benefit anyone who will rely mainly upon income security programs in their senior years. There are 9 workshops taking place in Toronto Public Library branches this fall; and 9 more will be offered in spring 2017.
Seniors on the Road – TVO
On August 15th, TVO presented a talk on Seniors on the Road. Canada’s aging population means a greater number of senior drivers, resulting in road safety concerns. Brenda Vrkljan encounters age and the ability to drive as a lead researcher for Candrive, a hub for information on older drivers. The Agenda in the Summer welcomes Vrkljan to discuss finding the balance between public safety and keeping seniors mobile.
Anyone interested can view it here, it is about 30 min long:
Electronics Waste Drop-off
Non-profit Free Geek Toronto wants your laptops, desktops and other electronic waste (no more than 5 years old) to refurbish and resell at affordable prices. Their mission is to promote social and economic justice by reducing e-waste and increasing access to technology. www.freegeektoronto.org