County hir­ing Se­nior Safety Of­fi­cer

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAR­OLYN BAR­BER

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Vic­to­ria has re­ceived $25,000 from the Nova Sco­tia Depart­ment of Se­niors to­ward the de­vel­op­ment of a se­nior safety pro­gram that in­cludes the hir­ing of a se­nior safety of­fi­cer.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Age-friendly Com­mit­tee, com­prised of War­den Bruce Mor­ri­son and dis­trict coun­cil­lors Fraser Pat­ter­son and Larry Dauphi­nee, se­cured the fund­ing. Their grant ap­pli­ca­tion in­cluded a letter of sup­port from the RCMP.

Over the past five years, the com­mit­tee has iden­ti­fied some of the safety, se­cu­rity and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing needs of se­niors liv­ing in the county.

"One of the big­gest things that's come up, and it's come up con­sis­tently through the years, is trans­porta­tion, or some kind of tran­sit,” said Coun­cil­lor Pat­ter­son via tele­phone Nov. 29. “An­other is home as­sis­tance with chores, such as mow­ing and snow shov­el­ing. We also have a fair num­ber of what we would call iso­lated se­niors. We just want to make sure that if there's any ser­vices we can pro­vide for them, that's what the se­nior safety of­fi­cer will do.”

Coun­cil­lor Pat­ter­son said there have been Se­nior Safety Of­fi­cers in the prov­ince for about a decade. Un­til this year, how­ever, only non-profit so­ci­eties could ap­ply for the fund­ing.

See page 13 for the Se­nior Safety Of­fi­cer job de­scrip­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line.

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