New Maryland hopes to become more age-friendly

New Maryland is taking steps to become a more age-friendly community.

The village's newly formed Age-Friendly Community Ad hoc Committee will hold its first meeting at noon Thursday.

Coun. Gisèle McCaie-Burke said they will conduct an age-friendly assessment of the community and identify opportunities to assist seniors in living safe, healthy and fully engaged lives in the community.

McCaie-Burke, who chairs the 18-member committee, said they hope to present a report and recommendations to council by the end of the year.

Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee said there was an overwhelming positive response from local residents and organizations when asked to join the committee.

Wilson-Shee said implementing an age-friendly approach for the village will strengthen the way in which the community grows and builds for the future.