National Seniors Council announces new Chairperson and four new members
Government of Canada committed to the well-being and quality of life of older adults
February 23, 2018 Gatineau, QC Employment and Social Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced the appointment of the chairperson, as well as four new members to the National Seniors Council (NSC). The NSC engages with seniors, stakeholders and experts to provide advice to the Government of Canada on matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors.
Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard has been appointed the Chairperson of the NSC for a three year term. Dr. Dupuis-Blanchard is the Research Chair in Aging for the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)-Université de Moncton.
The following new members were also appointed to three year terms by the Governor in Council on the recommendations of Minister Duclos and Minister Petitpas Taylor:
- Alison A. Leaney – Provincial Coordinator for Vulnerable Adults Community Response at the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia and Chair of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers Seniors Community of Practice.
- James Hamilton – Mr. Hamilton has provided leadership and advice to governments, seniors and non-government organizations in Manitoba, across Canada and internationally on complex issues of aging.
- Gary Peter Gould - Member of the Maliseet Nation with more than 40 years of experience representing and working on behalf of the Off-Reserve Aboriginal People of New Brunswick and Canada.
- Dr. Parminder Raina - Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University, specializing in the epidemiology of aging.
"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of our four new members and Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard as the Chairperson of the National Seniors Council. They bring a wealth of expertise and foresight to the Council on matters related to the well-being and quality of life of seniors."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“I am pleased to welcome our new members and Chairperson to the National Seniors Council. Their vast knowledge and experience advocating for seniors will be a great asset to the Council as it continues to support our strong commitment to seniors’ health in Canada.”
– The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
Seniors are the fastest growing demographic group in Canada. By 2031, the number of seniors will reach almost nine million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada's population.
The National Seniors Council advises the Government of Canada on matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors, including opportunities and challenges arising from a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse population of seniors.
Since 2007, the NSC has examined issues related to the social isolation of seniors, the participation of older workers in the labour force, volunteering among seniors, low income among seniors, and elder abuse.
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
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