Hosts Panel Discussion with Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi
Toronto, October 1 – Canadian Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi kicked off CARP’s National Seniors’ Day celebrations by participating in a panel discussion hosted in Toronto by CARP. The conversation focused on active aging and social inclusion.
”Living a full and healthy life is important. It’s about connecting with our communities, maintaining close-knit relationships and participating in society. Our government takes the issue of social inclusion very seriously. That’s why, through initiatives like the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we’re fostering social inclusion for seniors,” said Minister Tassi.
“We are thrilled to host Minister Tassi and our expert panelists. Her willingness to join us for this important discussion demonstrates her commitment to addressing issues such as social inclusion and aging,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer. “We look forward to working closely with Minister Tassi to achieve real change for older Canadians.”
CARP recognized the day with events that included political leaders across Canada. In Ottawa, local CARP chapter members kicked off the day with a municipal flag raising event and will be attending an evening reception on Parliament Hill.
In Scarborough, Ontario Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, addressed seniors at a CARP flag raising ceremony. In downtown Toronto, Ontario Minister of Health, Christine Elliott and Mayoral Candidate John Tory were on hand to kick off CARP’s preventive health and high dose flu education campaign.
CARP chapters also hosted local events around the country, including municipal flag raising ceremonies, a ‘Salute to Seniors’ in White Rock, a wellness and exercise seminar in North Fraser, and a panel discussion on seniors’ issues in Regina with B.C. Seniors’ Advocate Isobel MacKenzie.
CARP’s Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Wanda Morris, notes, “Governments need to bring a seniors’ lens to policy and funding decisions. We are working hard to ensure seniors’ issues receive the attention they deserve.”
CARP is a non-profit, non-partisan association representing more than 300,000 older Canadians across Canada. We advocate for better health care, financial security and freedom from ageism. We are supported by our membership and valued corporate partners who offer members discounts and benefits. Visit: www.carp.ca.