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Proclamation to designate June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Severn

WHEREAS Township of Severn’s older adults deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and valued as contributing members of society, imparting a wealth of experience and wisdom in our communities; and

WHEREAS the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, proclaimed this day to recognize the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue; and

WHEREAS Township of Severn recognizes the importance of taking action to invest in creating social change, prioritizing the prevention of elder abuse, and raising awareness to foster a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults and their rights; and

WHEREAS preventing abuse of older adults through improving and maintaining social and health services and systems such as housing, income security, and safety will improve their quality of life and allow them to live independently and contribute to the vibrancy of Ontario; and

THEREFORE I, Mayor Mike Burkett do hereby proclaim June 15, 2022, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and encourage all residents to recognize and celebrate seniors and their ongoing contributions to the success and vitality of our province.

Mike Burkett, Mayor, Township of Severn

For more information on elder abuse visit the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse