If someone asked you to be part of a change network what would you say? That’s a pretty big ask. It’s bold… audacious even. You might be hesitant to jump in.
This is essentially what the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is asking from the Stewardship Round Table which has emerged from the Connecting Edmonton Seniors initiative.
The Stewardship Round Table is a multi-stakeholder forum for strategic discussions about the needs and opportunities for better serving seniors in our communities. This involves addressing barriers faced by people as they age and helping everyone make appropriate connections that support healthy aging.
The idea of a change network might sound daunting, but at its heart is a group of organizations and people who want to make the experience of aging better for Edmonton seniors and know that system changes need to occur for that to happen.
The longer-term goal of the stewardship group is to sustain a broad network of people and organizations working intentionally together to improve quality of life for Edmonton seniors.
The request of Stewards is to:
Ideally we’d like to see people from all levels within organizations to be involved because the initiative needs people who are big picture thinkers as well as those who are interested in grass roots actions.
Members of the SRT are being asked to work together at grass roots levels providing services directly to seniors; at neighbourhood and community levels to nurture mutual, caring connections; and they are being asked to work strategically to support social and cultural change that will result in ongoing improvement in services and quality of life for all seniors.
To advance change, this movement needs involvement from organizations within and outside of the seniors sector. We would like to see the following people get involved:
The Stewardship Round Table meets once a month. If you can’t attend meetings, we encourage you to get on the mailing list because information from the meetings will be shared with you and you can share your thoughts via email or phone.
We believe a network of people and organizations working together in sustainable, proactive, and mutually-supportive ways will create impactful changes that will improve quality of life for Edmonton seniors and enable them to age well.
We urge you to become part of this change network.
Contact Tim Henderson at email@example.com to get involved.
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