Mississauga is gearing up to celebrate both Recreation and Parks Month and Seniors’ Month in June. Both are province-wide initiatives aimed at quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

Established in 2005, Recreation and Parks Month promotes the development of strong and vibrant communities. “There’s no better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than by getting involved and active in your community and enjoying the health benefits that our beautiful parks and recreation services provide,” says Cathy Denyer, CEO, Parks and Recreation Ontario.

Mississauga invites residents of all ages to celebrate the city’s objective to support healthy living. “Our programs focus on promoting active lifestyles and the overall well-being and health of residents. No matter what age or ability, residents can access activities and events within their neighbourhoods” says Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services. For a list of events and activities available to Mississauga residents throughout June: recandparksmonth.ca/jrpm-events/

Residents are also invited to explore the city’s 13 community centres, 2,988 hectares (7,384 acres) of parkland, 368 sports fields, 263 playgrounds, and 327 kilometres of trails. For information: www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/communitycentres and www.mississauga.ca/parks.

The theme for the 33rd annual Seniors’ Month is “Living Your Best Life.” The initiative celebrates seniors and recognizes their contributions to the community. It also provides an opportunity to highlight programs and services available for older adults living in Mississauga.

The city, in partnership with the Older Adult Advisory Panel and the Community Centre Older Adult Committees, will kick-off Seniors’ Month with the second annual Older Adult Expo on Tuesday, June 6. The event is an opportunity for seniors to socialize and learn about new technologies, products, services and programs all aimed at maximizing their quality of life.

Highlights of the event will include fitness demonstrations, a talent show, information and technology sessions and over 50 vendors. In attendance will be Mayor Bonnie Crombie, The Honourable Dipika Damerla, MPP Mississauga East-Cooksville and Minister of Seniors’ Affairs, and Shari Lichterman, Director of Recreation, City of Mississauga.

For those needing transportation to the expo, the City will provide a free shuttle service from various community centres around the city. The expo will be held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Hershey Community Rinks, 5600 Rose Cherry Pl., Mississauga. Admission is free for adults 55 and over.

Numerous other Seniors Month activities will be available throughout June. For information: www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/programsforolderadults.