Posted on: March 29, 2017

Mill Bay Age-Friendly Project Kicks Off

Mill Bay Age-Friendly Project Kicks Off


Mill Bay, BC - Did you know by 2036, over 30% of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) population will be over the age of 65? Age-friendly communities don’t just benefit seniors; they benefit all ages. A community that supports scooters, also benefits families with strollers, and people with mobility challenges.

The CVRD is undertaking an Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan with the community of Mill Bay. To launch this process, the CVRD is hosting a free public lecture by Dr. Elaine Gallagher on successful age-friendly initiatives in rural and remote communities in BC.


Date: WednesdayApril 12 at 2 p.m.

Location: Brentwood College, McLean Room, 2735 Mt Baker Rd, Mill Bay

Elaine Gallagher is the former Director of University of Victoria’s Centre for Aging. She is an expert on aging and age-friendly communities. Over the past decade, she has led dozens of age-friendly initiatives across Canada, authored provincial and federal guides to age-friendly planning, and conducted research to evaluate the effectiveness of age-friendly initiatives.

“We want to hear from people now, because it takes time to develop an age-friendly community,” says Area A Director Kerry Davis. “We have accomplished a few age-friendly priorities in Mill Bay, but there is more work to be done.”

Who should attend?

Everyone who cares about seniors or wants to live, work or play in an age-friendly Mill Bay.


More about the Age-Friendly Mill Bay Project

This lecture kicks off the public engagement portion of the process, to be followed by the launch of a community survey. The CVRD is working with the consultant group Barefoot Planning to conduct an Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan for the community of Mill Bay. In June, there will be community workshops to bring together local seniors and stakeholders and generate creative ideas and solutions. The input from the surveys and workshops will inform the development of an Age-Friendly Action Plan for the community.

To find additional project information and dates for the upcoming survey please visit:

For more information please contact: Beverly Suderman or 250.746.2620.

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