OACAO works in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion to fund OACAO member centres, plan and implement community events, workshops, seminars and fairs.
OACAO fairs/shows usually showcase local retirement homes/communities, craft programs targeted to seniors, specialty health services, house cleaning and home repair services, nursing, healthy active living and nutrition programs, vacation destinations and assisted living devices
The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat also sponsors a variety of seminars on a diverse set of topics, including: Advanced Care Planning, Frauds and Scams, Drive Wise, Safe Medications , the Seniors Guide, Fall Prevention, Out of Province/Country Medical Insurance, Genealogy, Nutrition/Healthy Eating and community involvement.
Possible presenters include representatives from the Older Persons Mental Health & Addictions Network and the Ontario Partnership on Aging and Developmental Disabilities.
OACAO is always interested in recruiting new volunteers. Those interested in getting involved are invited to visit the website’s Membership Directory
Volunteers are also welcome at the regional level. It is possible to get involved with Regional Councils, which provides an opportunity to network with members of the community. Regional Council volunteers typically help plan workshops and events, allowing the volunteer to develop personal and professional skills.
Paid positions for OACAO come in the form of working for one of OACAO’s Standing Committees, which provides an opportunity to work with other committee members across the province.