JUNE 15, 2021

WHEREAS, Thunder Bay seniors are valued contributing members of society, inparting a wealth of experience and wisdom in our communities. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It is out collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and fully engaged within the community that cares about them; 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 both a public health and human rights issue; and

WHEREAS, 2021 marks the 16th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Its recognition will foster a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults; and

WHEREAS, Elder abuse is not limited to race, gender, culture, or circumstance, and regardless of whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or financial, it has a significant impact of the lives of individuals and families; and

WHEREAS, Seniors are at risk of being abused and social isolation and ageism are contributing risk factors in Ontario; and

WHEREAS, Thunder Bay recognizes the importance of taking action, to create social change that prevents elder abuse and raises awareness, through education of neighbours, friends and family members, about the Rights of older adults; and

WHEREAS, Preventing abuse of older adults will help improve their quality of life and allow them to live independently and contribute to the life and vibrancy of Ontario for as long as possible; and

WHEREAS, Where there is respect there can be no abuse; therefore, residents of Ontario, and Thunder Bay are urged to Stop Abuse and Restore Respect.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Mauro, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2020 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the City of Thunder Bay.