Kelowna has received the Age-Friendly BC Community Recognition from the BC Ministry of Health. (File)

Kelowna has received the Age-Friendly BC Community Recognition from the BC Ministry of Health. (File)

Kelowna receives accolades for accessibility and inclusivity

“Receiving this provincial recognition reaffirms that everyone is welcome in Kelowna,” said Mayor

The City of Kelowna recently received an award by the BC Ministry of Health for building an inclusive city that is welcome to everyone.

Known as the Age-Friendly BC Community Recognition award, it was given to the city for its work through the Community for All Action Plan.

“Receiving this provincial recognition reaffirms that everyone is welcome in Kelowna,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

“Through both Imagine Kelowna and council priorities, we have a vision of a community that provides opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and identities. This is a commendation of work done by city staff to date and priorities set but we look forward to more work that makes Kelowna vibrant, inclusive and diverse.”

The action plan was adopted in 2016 with the goal of implementing policies, plans and programs to ensure the city is healthy, safe, active and inclusive for seniors, children and those with diverse abilities.

Of the 31 action items outlined in the plan, 10 actions are complete and 16 are in progress or ongoing.

“These includes work done by the city to: assess 76 civic buildings and 157 city parks for accessibility and safety, create an Outstanding Neighbour Awards Recognition program to inspire connections between neighbours and implementing an annual budget for accessibility retrofits for city sidewalks, wheelchair letdowns, intersections and transit stops,” read a release from the City of Kelowna.

Nine other B.C. communities have been recognized as age-friendly by the province this year including, Cranbrook, Gibsons, Houston, Lake Cowichan, Nanaimo, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos and Rossland. There are currently 57 officially recognized age-friendly communities in B.C.

For more information on Kelowna’s Healthy City Strategy and the Community for All Action Plan visit kelowna.ca.

To learn more about the Province’s Age-Friendly Recognition Program visit gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.

READ MORE: Kelowna council opposes ‘racist’ Quebec secularism bill

READ MORE: Issues divide voters on election day


@michaelrdrguez
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna City Hall. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna’s 2021 preliminary budget proposes 4.27% tax increase

Proposed budget calls for eight new RCMP officers

Good Samaritan Mountainview Village located at 1540 KLO Road in Kelowna. (Good Samaritan Society)
First long-term care resident dies from COVID-19 in Interior Health

Man in his 80s dies following virus outbreak at Mountainview Village

(File)
One death and 82 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

1,981 total cases, 609 are active and those individuals are on isolation

The former BC Tree Fruits office building at 1473 Water Street has been sold. (Contributed)
BC Tree Fruits downtown Kelowna office sold for $7.5M

Historic building sold for 44 per cent more than the $5.2-million asking price

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP was called to a report of a fight at an Okanagan Landing Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 31, but issued the homeowner a ticket  under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for having too many people at the party. (Black Press file photo)
West Kelowna man, dog rescued from carbon monoxide poisoning

The man was quickly transported to the hospital

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Police responded to W.L. Seaton Secondary after reports of young man attempting to smash car windows in the student parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Facebook)
Case of COVID-19 at North Okanagan high school

Member of W.L. Seaton Secondary exposure Nov. 26

The aftermath of the 3 a.m. fire in Keremeos. (Keremeos Fire Department)
Fire and explosion wakes Keremeos residents

A motorhome was consumed and a boat severely damaged after the 3 a.m. fire

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

Margaret Holm
HOLM: Better Bicycle Lanes

Margaret Holm writes about solutions to global warming

The newly opened Switzmalph Child Care Centre at Salmon Arm offers culturally enriched programs featuring the Secwépemc culture but is open to children of all heritages. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Video: Switzmalph Child Care Centre shares culture with Shuswap community

New daycare at Salmon Arm offers Secwépemc culturally enriched programs to children of all heritages

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Man walking in the winter downtown.
Dyer: The role of air tightness testing in energy efficiency

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Most Read