United Way of the Lower Mainland

United Way of the Lower Mainland

March 29, 2012 23:59 ET

North Shore's Seniors Planning Table Wins United Way Celebration of Community Award

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2012) - The Seniors Planning Table for the North Shore, hosted by the Lionsview Seniors Planning Society, won the award for being a powerful and constructive force in identifying and addressing issues of concern to seniors.

Volunteer-based, seniors-driven and seniors-led, the Planning Table brings together seniors, community leaders and those who provide services to seniors to look at needs and priorities regarding transportation, health, housing, home care and more.

With social isolation affecting at least ten percent of seniors living in the Lower Mainland, this kind of Planning Table is seen as an effective model to keep seniors active and engaged in their community.

The announcement was made at the annual Scotiabank and United Way Community Spirit Awards, where donors and organizations who helped United Way reach this goal, were honoured. The Scotiabank and United Way Community Spirit Awards, sponsored by Scotiabank, were held in Vancouver on Thursday, March 29.

At the same event, it was announced that more than $28.6 million has been raised by United Way of the Lower Mainland's 2011 campaign, which will go towards supporting partnerships and prevention-based programs to address key social issues such as child poverty, bullying and seniors' social isolation.

In his tribute to donors and partner organizations, United Way President & CEO, Michael McKnight, said that with the help of donors and community partners, measurable change was being made to the lives of vulnerable children and seniors in the Lower Mainland.

United Way of the Lower Mainland prevents social problems. Working with 160 community partners, the organization funds almost 500 prevention-based programs each year to create a better future for children and seniors.

For more information visit www.uwlm.ca.

Contact Information

  • United Way of the Lower Mainland
    Theresa Coles
    Media Relations
    604-268-1333
    www.uwlm.ca