Featured Evanstonian: Sue Canter
In recognition of Older Americans Month, we’re featuring Sue Canter, a resident who has been instrumental in helping to improve resources and services for the aging community in Evanston.
Sue has lived in Evanston for over 50 years. Now retired, her career focused on speech and language pathology and special education within the North Shore communities.
As a current volunteer Ombudsman, member of the Long-Term Care Committee and Dementia Friendly Evanston Initiative, and a past chairperson for the Commission on Aging, Sue has worked on multiple projects benefiting the senior population.
Most notably, she helped review all of the parks in Evanston using the World Health Organization’s “age-friendly cities” guide in order to assess their accessibility to all residents, including seniors and those with disabilities, as a part of the Age-Friendly Task Force. Following the review, the Task Force then provided recommendations to the City. Sue also helped develop the Age-Friendly Business Initiative, which assesses local businesses’ accessibility and encourages business owners to make changes to be more “age-friendly.”
“It’s fulfilling working with the aging community. Being a senior myself, I can relate to many of the issues that older people face,” said Sue. “There is an increasing importance that needs to be placed on the senior community because it’s growing at such a rapid rate. People are living longer and we need to make sure they are cared for.”
Thank you for your work, Sue!