Brandon Seniors’ Summit To Feature Broadcaster Lloyd Robertson

December 12, 2014

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon, in partnership with its Age-Friendly Committee, is pleased to announce an education and engagement opportunity for seniors in the community, with planning well underway for a Seniors' Summit in the spring of 2015.

The two-day summit will be held March 11th and 12th, 2015, at Brandon's Keystone Centre, and will cater to the interests of seniors in the Brandon and Westman community, their families, and the professionals who provide care and essential services to the aging population.

Today, the summit's organizing committee is excited to confirm that it has secured renowned journalist, national TV news anchor, and author Lloyd Robertson as one of the event's keynote speakers.

"We are so pleased to have secured a keynote speaker of such a high calibre and someone who is so revered by so many Canadians," said Richard Greer, City of Brandon Community Development Coordinator and Summit Planning Committee Chair. "With such a rich and broad perspective on Canada and the world, Lloyd Robertson is truly a Canadian icon whose influence spans multiple generations. We are very excited to have him attend and speak at our Seniors' Summit and know there will be many in our community who are, as well."

Greer adds that negotiations for a second keynote speaker for the summit are continuing, and planning by the committee continues for a variety of educational break-out sessions on topics such as aging and finances, housing alternatives, health and wellness, recreation, and transportation.

The desire for such a community summit was identified within feedback gathered from age-friendly community consultations organized by the City of Brandon in the fall of 2012, and the subsequent formation of an Age-Friendly Committee in June of 2013.

"Through events like next spring's Seniors' Summit, we hope to further our work to strengthen partnerships and bridge any existing gaps in the policies, programs and services for seniors in our community," said Dayle Hughson, Age-Friendly Committee Chair.

Generous funding for the Brandon Seniors' Summit is being provided through the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

The organizing committee is also putting the call out to any and all community groups or businesses interested in sponsoring the event to aid in its efforts to keep the cost of registration affordable for seniors and their families.

It's anticipated the summit's full program schedule will be finalized by late-January, with information on how the public can register and pay for their attendance to be released at that time.