Langley News: South Fraser CARP Chapter Inaugural Meet Thursday

By on May 7, 2012

Submitted. The public is invited to the inaugural meeting of the South Fraser chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) on May 10 where quality of life and transportation issues will be discussed.

Rhonda Latreille

Will where you live affect your quality of life as you age? International conference speaker and author, Rhonda Latreille, MBA, CPCA, will share how the psychology and dynamics of aging creates a critical imperative for planning where we choose to age and how this will greatly impact our quality of life. Inspired by the successful UnitedNations endorsed Age-Friendly City and Rural Communities initiatives; Rhonda founded an organization that elevates the needs and customer experience for people 45+. (Visit for more information on Rhonda

Councillor Kim Richter

Says CARP Chapter #48 Chair and veteran Langley Township Councillor, Kim Richter: “Designing communities so people can age in place is of critical and growing importance in the South Fraser region. We need people to stay in our communities as they age because their contributions to the development of our communities are what have made, and will continue to make, the South Fraser such a vital and dynamic area to live, work, and play.”

“CARP is an important advocacy agency for issues affecting the aging population. We need their voice here to help
ensure that our Zoomer and seniors’ issues will not be overlooked as our communities continue to grow and expand.”

At this same free public event, South Fraser OnTrax Co-Founder Nathan Pachal will speak on the linkage between
where we live and our transportation needs moving forward as people age. South Fraser OnTrax is a sponsor of this
CARP South Fraser Chapter #48 event. Everyone is welcome to participate and you do not have to be a member of
CARP to attend. Door prizes will be given away and a social time with free refreshments will follow the meeting.

Event Details:
Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Social Time To Follow)
Fraser River Presentation Theatre – 4th Floor
Township of Langley Civic Facility
(20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley, BC)

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What’s a Zoomer? – Zoomers are people 45+, including Baby Boomers and those who are older. There are more than
14.5 Million Zoomers in Canada today!

About CARP – CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization with over 360,000 members committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of Canadians as they age and provides value-added benefits, products and services to our members.

Through a network of chapters across Canada, CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared
values among our members in support of CARP’s mission. (Visit for more information on CARP)

CARP South Fraser Chapter # 48 – Our chapter serves Langley Township, Langley City and the City of Abbotsford and is made up of people who volunteer their time to put their talent, knowledge and sense of community spirit to work in our area. Our chapter helps keep members informed and involved. We provide opportunities for members to develop ideas and activities of interest to our community, support CARP’s advocacy, and meet new people. Although a newly formed chapter, our South Fraser chapter already has over 800 members. Everyone is welcome.

South Fraser CARP directors, Cathleen Vecchiato (L) and Joe Zaccaria (Centre Right), Langley Township Councillor Kim Richter (Centre Left) and April Lewis, CARP's BC representative (Far Right).

About South Fraser OnTrax (SFOT) – SFOT is Langley-based Society that advocates for improved transit services and smart growth in the South of Fraser region. They publish a daily web blog addressing these regional issues at .

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