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By Mike MacNeil
Program Assistant, Population Health
United Way of the Lower Mainland

Want to know what’s happening and connect with peers in the seniors serving sector? 
CORE Canada is almost here! 

Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources & Education) is an interactive online platform designed to enable more effective information sharing, knowledge mobilization, coordination, and collaboration among the growing network of community-based seniors services (CBSS).

Originating in B.C., CORE was created through a community development process and network model that draws on the assets and identified priorities of the CBSS sector, and based on the importance of recognizing and strengthening the sector’s value to the lives of older adults and the communities they live in. CORE was replicated for Alberta in 2020, and site content and management processes customized to meet the needs of the CBSS network in that province. A valuable tool for knowledge mobilization, CORE provides up-to-date information, resources, news, events, and training and funding opportunities for the CBSS sector, as well as open and closed group areas for sharing information, communities of practice, discussions, and project planning. 

Now, with the emergence of a pan-Canadian network of agencies committed to healthy aging initiatives, a new national site is launching on April 8th, 2021. Healthy Aging CORE Canada will connect local, provincial, and national non-profit, government, and academic organizations and coalitions that focus on programs, services, policy, practices, and research aimed at supporting older Canadians to age in place in their homes and communities.

All content on CORE is screened to ensure it is current, relevant, evidence-based, and from reputable sources. Access to CORE platforms is free, and resources, training, events, news, and funding opportunities are accessible to anyone online. However, Groups and Discussion forums require users to have or register for a CORE account; all CBSS agencies and stakeholders, including volunteers, are welcome to register. (Note: Healthy Aging CORE is not intended to meet the needs and interests of individual seniors not affiliated with an organization.) 

To view CORE BC, click here. To view CORE Alberta, click here. 

Thanks to the support of Employment and Social Development Canada, CORE Canada is ready for launch, and will be introduced at a virtual event on April 8th at 11am PST. The Honorable Deb Shulte, Minister of Seniors, will be speaking at the event, which will include a tour of the CORE Canada site. 

To register for the CORE Canada launch event on April 8th, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v94SpNh2RJKUL8RAwKssFQ 

If you are unable to attend the CORE Canada launch event, but are interested in accessing the platform, please contact Barbara McMillan, Provincial Coordinator, Community Engagement (United Way of the Lower Mainland), , to be added to the outreach list. 

To keep up-to-date with future activity from CORE Canada and the Community-Based Seniors Services (CBSS) sector across the country, please sign up to receive our CORE Canada Newsletters, coming soon. The Newsletter sign up form can be found here.

Agencies working at a national or provincial level in support of Canada’s older citizens aging in place are invited to share content to be included on CORE Canada. Organizations and programs are also invited to profile their work and impact in keeping older adults engaged, socially connected, and physically active in their communities on CORE Canada’s Featured Community Programs. Please contact Barbara McMillan (see above) for more information. 

See you on CORE!

 

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