CARP’s VP of Advocacy, Wanda Morris, and Director of Stakeholder Relations and Community Development, Natasha Mistry, have spent a significant portion of this fall on a cross-country tour to meet with Chapter members, community leaders, and local politicians. This tour was a perfect opportunity to launch our Caregiver Campaign – a collective call for the government to increase financial benefits to caregivers.
The trip was an unmitigated success, beginning on the East Coast, working through Northern Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and ending in Manitoba.
- Raising the CARP flag with our Vancouver Chapter in recognition of National Seniors Day
- Sharing our campaign goals with Darryl Plecas, the BC Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors
- Discussing the growing instances of senior abuse with the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice in British Columbia
- Meetings with the Deputy Minister of Seniors, Simon d’Entremont and the Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Peter W. Vaughan, in Nova Scotia as well as the Mayor of Halifax
- Presenting to a full house in Kelowna who are eager to re-initiate a Chapter in the Okanagan.
- Speaking in Sudbury at a Health and Wellness conference
- Attending the AGM for CARP’s Richmond/ Delta Chapter
Across Canada, the tour provided a critical opportunity to hear the concerns of CARP members and receive your views on current and future priority issues. We come home with valuable insights into the amazing work being done in CARP Chapters across the country. And, we realize that there is more work ahead in the fight to protect our most vulnerable population. The message is clear – we are a united force from coast to coast!