FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2013
CARP members will remember Lillian Morgenthau as the person who gave Canadian seniors a strong voice in public discourse.
Lillian, and her beloved husband Murray, started CARP at their kitchen table 29 years ago. Over the past three decades, Lillian has shepherded the organization through extraordinary change; starting with only 10 members in 1984, CARP became the 300,000 + member powerhouse it is today.
With grit and tireless determination, Lillian went head to head with the political leaders of the day to get the legislative changes that would address the needs and concerns of older Canadians – pension reform, mental health, affordable housing, the need to improve long term care facilities, recognition for family care givers, reducing hospital wait times, national pharmacare, pension income splitting, protecting seniors against frauds and scams.
But most of all, Lillian made sure that in an aging society, “attention must be paid” towards the people whose hard work, taxes and commitment built the nation. Lillian was always passionate about building a Canadian society that would cherish the contributions of its older members and be free of ageism. Through her pioneering initiative and persistence, CARP today is a powerful advocacy group whose voice cannot be ignored.
Lillian never forgot the importance of directly engaging all CARP members and started the Chapter network that today has grown to 57 chapters across the country. Local chapters extend Lillian’s spirit of volunteerism and the voice of CARP to the local, grassroots level.
The CARP family extends its sincerest condolences to Holly and Eric Vengroff, who were part of the CARP national team, and the rest of the Morgenthau family.
Moses Znaimer, President
Ross Mayot, Vice President and General Manager,
Susan Eng, Vice President, Advocacy
CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of our generation and provides value-added benefits, products and services to our members. Through our network of chapters across Canada, CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared values among our members in support of CARP’s mission.
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Park 416.607.2471
Media Relations, Policy Researcher and Coordinator
Michael Nicin 416.607.2479
Director of Policy
Pam Maher 416.607.2475