Tremendous turnout for Seniors Active Fair

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A tremendous turnout of citizens aged 55 + filled the Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre on Bay St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on Wed. Jan. 18th, 2017 for the Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

The event was sponsored by the Senior Citizens Advisory Council, in partnership with the Older Adult Centre’s Association of Ontario and funded by the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat.

With 18 trade show vendors and several presentations offered throughout the day, seniors had the opportunity to network with services, businesses and non-profit organizations supporting the senior set.

Terry-Lou Legros, Sault Ste. Marie‘s Senior Services Supervisor, welcomed the large crowd, and introduced Mayor Christian Provenzano, who offered opening remarks. The Sault’s Mayor stated that this particular event is one of his favourites.

“Active Living is important at all ages.” he said. “It’s great that we are able to host free events like this one; To encourage older citizens to live actively and to keep well informed on issues of interest and importance.”

Constable Monique Baker, Northeast OPP, shared a comprehensive overview of Cyber Crime, and Scams. From unscrupulous telemarketers, to online ‘romances’, to scammers sending email attachments with a ‘winning lottery’ of some sort or ‘inheritance’, to identity theft,  seniors are increasingly the targets for cyber crime.

“As the old adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” said Cst. Baker. “Of all victims, seniors represent 85% of consumers that have lost $5,000 or more to scams.”

Presentations were further made by Alison Dutkiewicz, Public Health Nurse, Algoma Public Health, ‘Preventing Diabetes’; Minttu Kamula, Education and Prevention Coordinator, and Toni Scobie, Support Services Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Resource Program, Group Health Centre, ‘The 1980’s to Now – All About HIV.’; Robert Winter, Citizen Service Specialist, Service Canada, ‘Seniors Pensions.’.

A luncheon, which provided noon-time nourishment, and was prepared by the staff and volunteers at The Bay St. Seniors Centre was definitely appreciated by everyone.

The afternoon closed with several gift basket draws. Gift Basket draws are a chance lottery that we can all get behind!

Congratulations to Terry-Lou Legros and her team on another successful Seniors Active Living Fair.

OACAO trade show vendors:

Credit Counselling Service of SSM & District, Matthew Keenan.

ARCH Connect – Outreach Program, Pam Charlebois.

Adult Day Program, Joann Cain.

Alzheimer Society, Janice Seppala.

Home Instead Senior Care, Marissa Penney.

Safe Communities Partnership, Deanna Rector.

Seniors Rights Protection Council, Susan McCooeye.

Algoma Road Safety Working Group, Kelly Murray.

Algoma Public Health – Stay on Your Feet, Helen Kwolek.

Canadian Red Cross – and VPR, April McBride.

City of SSM Fire Services Emergency Management, Naomi Thibault.

Meals on Wheels, Lea de Vries-Bothwell.

Canadian Hearing Society, Kerri Tuckett.

Transit Services, Christian Frost.

Bio Ped Footcare, Nicole Reid.

National Association of Federal Employees, Chuck Davis.

SSM Housing Corp – Seniors, Elysha Archibald.

Active Sault (Corp. City of Sault Ste.Marie), Jen Amadio.