Port Hope, Municipality of
Name of Committee: Port Hope Age-Friendly Steering Committee
Population: 17,294 (2021)
- Website: www.porthope.ca
- Email: Stephanie Byfield (Older Adult Activity Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email: Sherrie Aldred (Recreation and Culture Coordinator) email@example.com
- Ontario Sport and Recreation Community Fund
- New Horizons Grant
This profile was updated in July 2023.
Age-Friendly Program Description
The Municipality of Port Hope has come to the end of the implementation phase of the Age-Friendly Community Action Plan. The implementation phase came to an end in November 2019. Members from the steering committee are continuing to work towards outstanding priorities brought forward by the public and staff as highlighted in the plan. Priorities are related to community support, health services, outdoor spaces, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, social participation, communication, and civic participation.
The Municipality of Port Hope is continuing to work towards improving communication strategies, providing new recreation opportunities for older adults, and offering a discounted rate to members of the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors. Currently the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is working towards enhancing fitness programs for older adults, providing more volunteer opportunities, and engaging older adults virtual during this pandemic.
Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs and Initiatives
Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
- Riverside Park
- Paved walking trails along the Ganaraska River
- Snow Angels (Volunteer program to help seniors with home maintenance – goes beyond snow shovelling)
Communication & Information
- Volunteer tracking system (In development, logs volunteer opportunities online and logs the volunteers themselves)
- Municipal Website Redesign Launch – a refreshed website with service-based web navigation, enhanced technology and a user-friendly platform. Programs and community information can be easily found and accessed on www.porthope.ca
- Radio Show 89.7 FM
Community Support & Health Services
- Minds in Motion (Community-based social program that incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs dementia and their care partners – partnership with Alzheimer Society)