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Canada: Minister of State for Seniors Celebrates National Seniors Day
Source: actionplan.gc.ca
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Country: Canada
Created: Oct 07, 2013

National Seniors Day is an occasion for Canadians across the country to show their appreciation and celebrate seniors in their community. To help celebrate National Seniors Day, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, took part in the Positive Active Aging Forum, hosted by the Ontario Society (Coalition) of Senior Citizens’ Organizations (OCSCO).

"I am pleased to participate in today’s Positive Active Aging Forum to help celebrate this country’s seniors," said Minister of State Wong. "Our Government values the important contributions that older Canadians continue to make in our communities and in our workplaces."

OCSCO received $19,000 in funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to host the forum. Subject matter experts will help increase awareness and understanding of seniors’ issues, including barriers to aging well.

"We are pleased to host a free one-day forum,focusing on aging, on National Seniors Day," said John Morency and Carolann Fernandes, co-chairs of the board of directors of OCSCO. "This event is groundbreaking, as it will not only help us identify the systemic and cultural barriers impacting aging Ontarians, but will provide a forum for participants to find solutions to eliminate barriers of agism."

Minister of State Wong addressed forum participants, which included older adults, caregivers, policy-makers and educators, at the North York Seniors Centre in Toronto. She congratulated the organizers for supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors in their communities.

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