Barrie CARP - Chapter 36

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Happy New Year Everyone and let’s hope 2024 will be better for many of us including our friends and family members. Not sure if you are someone who makes one or two resolutions every January, but it is usually a good thing to review and think about your life and your goals going forward.

Change is happening quickly all around us, from the environment, the invention of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and politics/wars around the world. I am very happy to be a Canadian these days and feel we are blessed indeed to live in a mostly caring democracy and for our health system, as flawed as it is. The term “use it or lose it” is very apt these days and I feel we need to make the effort to stay involved socially and to work at staying physically fit. I am grateful for our CARP Chapter and the opportunity to be involved in advocating for a better life for us Canadians and for the many wonderful people I have met through the Chapter. If you haven’t volunteered in the past, please consider it, as it has brought so many kind and interesting persons into my sphere.

At the last meeting, our AGM, we were excited and privileged to have our new CARP President, Rudy Buttignol join us and he will be advancing our advocacy and more fully involving our Members across Canada, He will be splitting his time between Toronto and Vancouver, while Bill VanGorder, head of our Advocacy lives in Nova Scotia. The Members at the meeting were impressed with his ideas and I think fresh blood at head office after Covit is a good move for CARP and all of our Members. Meanwhile, the Focus Group I commenced on Sept. 14th last year will be back at work this coming week to design a business plan going forward. We have decided on a name, Simcoe County Housing Alliance with the tag “Creating Options for Aging at Home” and we are working diligently to educate the Public and the Politicians, Developers and Builders to create homes enabling seniors to avoid L/T Care Homes, even if any would be available in the future. I am sure you will hear much more from me on this subject in the future as we progress.

Meanwhile, best wishes to all of you, stay healthy and stay safe.

Conquering Mount Everest: Make sure to join us on Tuesday January 16 for our next Members’ Meeting at Traditions Banquet Hall featuring special guest Alan Mallory. Doors open at 6:30. Presentation begins at 7 pm.

Alan is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about reaching new heights in all that we do. His unique philosophy of life revolves around empowering people and embracing an agile mentality focused on relationships and results. He has a degree in engineering from Queen’s University and a masters in psychology from Adler University, giving him a well-balanced approach to the outer and inner challenges we all face.

Building experience through a lifestyle of adventure and challenge, Alan embarked on the journey of a lifetime and set a world record on Mount Everest along with three members of his immediate family. It was a two-month expedition through some of the most exciting yet terrifying conditions imaginable and their success demanded an unwavering perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity.

Looking forward to seeing you on January 16 for this exciting presentation!