In an Age-Friendly community, there are opportunities available for citizens of all ages and abilities to participate in community decision making. In such a community, opportunities are available for all citizens to contribute their experience and skills to the community in paid or unpaid work, or in volunteering. This includes older adults and those with varying abilities.

In the sections below, you will see examples of what AF Saskatchewan communities are doing in this domain. For each example, there is a link to that community’s individual page and to their contact details, for more information.

Monthly Learning Sessions: Prior to the pandemic, monthly learning sessions were held about various issues pertinent to AF Moose Jaw. For more information, contact details for AF Moose Jaw are on their Community Page on this website.

Public Forums: AF Rosetown hosted a public forum in May 2019 – outside of their initial survey, and before their second one – regarding seniors’ issues, discussing both successes and concerns. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Letters to Government: In Ponteix, seniors were active in letter writing campaigns after government funding cuts. For more information, contact details for AF Ponteix are on their Community Page on this website.

AF Rosetown’s initial survey in 2016 showed great concern about eligibility for seniors’ housing. This was shared with the Town of Rosetown, who, along with Age-Friendly Rosetown, sent letters to various politicians. It then became a topic in the legislature. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

In Ponteix, members of the town council have participated with AF Ponteix in committees working on improving life in Ponteix. For more information, contact details for AF Ponteix are on their Community Page on this website.

AF Regina is working toward adding an “AF Lens” to City work and planning. This would include adding older adults to advisory panels, commissions etc., ensuring older adults are easily able to participate in town halls (location, time of day, length of session), engaging City of Regina managers in awareness of AF Regina goals and actions particularly in the AF domains, identifying City of Regina departments responsible for specific concerns raised through the survey, etc. For more information, contact details for AF Regina are on their Community Page on this website.

In 2019, AF Saskatoon, along with the City Police and Fire Departments, created a program called the “Community Police and Fire Academy,” which was a fun way for older adults to learn about safety and security issues. For more information, contact details for AF Saskatoon/SCOA are on their page on this website