Ontario Marks Seniors' Month in June

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Ontario Marks Seniors' Month in June

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Seniors' Information Fair to Kick off Month-Long Events TORONTO, June 2 - June is Seniors' Month in Ontario and John Gerretsen, Minister Responsible for Seniors, kicked off the celebration today with a Seniors' Information Fair at Queen's Park. This year's Seniors' Month theme is Active Living: Active in Body, Mind and Spirit. "Ontario's seniors have contributed greatly to the Ontario that we live in today," said Gerretsen. "In recognition of those contributions, it is appropriate that we take the time to recognize seniors who have given and continue to give to our great province." Ontario has recognized Seniors' Month for more than 20 years. Communities across the province organize local events to honour seniors in their areas. This year's theme recognizes that persons who are active physically, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually are engaged and involved. The theme also recognizes that regardless of ability, all seniors have the capacity to be engaged. "Active Living promotes good health," said Gerretsen. "The McGuinty government is committed to making Ontarians the healthiest people in North America." Two dozen trade show participants took part in the fair, providing seniors with information on programs and services available to them. As part of Seniors' Month, Ontario's annual Senior Achievement Awards were presented yesterday at Queen's Park to 21 outstanding Ontario seniors for contributions to community service, volunteerism, the environment and the arts. A Francophone Seniors' Information Fair will take place tomorrow in Don Mills with Minister Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. This year marks the first time that Seniors' Information Fairs are available to francophone communities. This year also marks the 60th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Events recognizing this anniversary will take place later this month across the province. The Province's official D-Day and Battle of Normandy commemorative ceremony will take place on the south grounds of Queen's Park on June 6 at 4 p.m. For more information visit the Ontario Remembers website at http://ontarioremembers.ca. For more information on Seniors' Month and local events surrounding the month, please visit the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat website at www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/seniors. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/seniorsFor further information: Contacts: Lucille Blainey, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7389; Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333