NORTH VANCOUVER – The City and District of North Vancouver have been awarded Age-friendly BC Recognition designations from the provincial government for supporting efforts to help seniors remain safe, active and independent.

The City of North Vancouver is being recognized for identifying and focusing on seniors’ priorities, such as increasing awareness of the services available in the community and improving seniors’ safety on buses.

The District of North Vancouver is being recognized for conducting a survey based on the World Health Organization’s criteria for age-friendly, for which 1,200 seniors responded. A workshop was held and one of the top priorities includes increasing communication and information with mobile information kiosks around the community.

The City and District of North Vancouver are among 11 B.C. communities being recognized this week. These communities will receive a letter of congratulations, an Age-friendly BC Recognition award poster, and $1,000 to create a legacy project or celebration.

The Age-friendly BC Recognition program is a partnership between the BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health, and is part of the Age-friendly BC strategy. To date, 36 B.C. communities have received Age-friendly BC Recognition.

To achieve recognition, four key steps must be taken. These include establishing an age-friendly advisory or steering committee, passing a council or district board resolution, conducting an age-friendly assessment, and developing and publishing an action plan.

For a complete list of recognized age-friendly communities, and to learn more about how communities can receive age-friendly recognition, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly/recognition.

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