This toolkit was developed to help service providers engage seniors in municipal planning and development processes. Demographic information and special considerations specific to the City of New Westminster are included, however, most of the toolkit is generalizable to other communities across British Columbia. It includes reasons and context for seniors’ engagement, practical tools and techniques for seniors’ engagement, and resources for further information. The authors state that increased and more effective engagement will ensure seniors’ viewpoints are addressed and community solutions are responsive to their diverse and changing needs.
This toolkit is the result of efforts by the City of New Westminster and the Seniors Planning and Action Network of New Westminster, which is a group of seniors and service providers who coordinate and address the needs of seniors in New Westminster.