November 99 Newsletter
OSAC began in 1987 when the Ministry of
Community and Social Services and Thames Valley District Health Council began a project
called "Shaping the Future of Home Support in Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin
The first meeting was held on November 12, 1987, and was with consumers and providers.
Margaret Munnoch was the first chair. In 1988 consumers and providers clarified their
roles, and a directory of services was organized by Shirley Lockwood, the work of the
providers.The consumers continued to meet to recruit and identify gaps in services.
By October, 1988, an advisory board was elected as follows:
Funding was provided through the Ministry of Community and Social
Providers and Consumers continued to meet on their own with joint meetings held around the
OSAC leadership alternative between Providers and Consumers. However, there was a very
strong Provider component which gave the consumers every encouragement to help them
understand the issues. We were fortunate to have very able leadership.
In the early 1990's, OSAC organized Long Term Care Consultations in the natural
communities throughout the county to determine the needs of Seniors from a grassroots
perspective. Many issues were identified and are still being addressed.
Committees were formed as the need arose, such as Transportation, Housing, Awareness,
Respite, and Elder abuse. The work of these groups resulted in proposals being forwarded
or appropriate action being taken. The Transportation group has now joined the Oxford
Transportation Task Force which has received funding for a consultant. Housing has hired
Jim Henry to facilitate discussion in the county to facilitate supportive housing and a
continuum of care housing project(s). Awareness has been rolled over into an
improvisational theatre group called WISE GUYS AND GALS.
We take seniors issues, such as falls in the home, unwise use of medicines, and elder
abuse, and present them in humorous or serious skits to audiences all over the area.
Respite has published a report which resulted in funding for respite beds in Woodstock,
Ingersoll, and Tillsonburg. Elder Abuse has produced pamphlets, and is very active in
promoting concern about this problem.
Last update: February 05, 2001