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Older adult recreational and leisure programming: Council review options on program and service delivery

Clarington June 23, 2015/- Council is looking at four options for the provision of older adult recreational programming and services across the Municipality of Clarington. The proposals stem out of the Clarington Older Adult Strategy, a report commissioned by the Municipality to determine the current and future needs of older adults as the population continues to grow. The report was first presented to Council on March 30, 2015. It was compiled by a consultant who worked closely with representatives from the Clarington Older Adult Centre Board (COACB), members of the public, and a representative from the Region of Durham. It outlined 43 recommendations for the Municipality to accommodate and support programming for an increased and varied older adult population. Council asked staff to review the recommendations and provide several options for the provision of older adult services.

Council is considering four different options as presented in the staff report. The first option would ensure that things stay the same; the Clarington Older Adult Association (COAA) would continue to provide and run older adult programming and services with the Municipality filling in gaps and providing facilities. The only recommended change is to how appointments are made to the Clarington Older Adult Centre Board (COACB). The proposal would see COACB appointments follow the same structure as those made to other municipal boards and committees. Option two proposes the Municipality of Clarington provide older adult services and programming. Current COAA staff would be offered positions with the Community Services Department and would continue to work with older adults.

Option three is a hybrid, where the COAA would maintain local Bowmanville older adult programming and services while the Municipality would provide services to the rest of Clarington. Option four is a business plan developed by the COACB. It proposes the Municipality "outsource" older adult programming to the COACB. The Municipality would continue to provide facilities for the programming. The COACB has provided a comprehensive business case for council to consider including changes to its governance and structure.

"We are reviewing all the options presented. This isn't an easy decision but we need to plan for the future and be fiscally responsible. We need to respond to a growing and varied older adult population to ensure that we have programs and services in place to support the demand," said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.
Councillors will vote to implement one of the options during the next Council meeting on June 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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