Seniors' Secretariat

The PEI Seniors’ Secretariat was formed in 1998 to advise government and the community on current and future issues of concern to older adults.

What is the function of the organization?

The success of the Seniors’ Secretariat relies on the following functions:

  • seeking input and views of Islanders to assist in public policy development regarding seniors’ issues;
  • encouraging the development of relationships among seniors, government and community-based programs and services that support seniors and;
  • collaborating with other seniors’ organizations and services.

The Seniors’ Secretariat has three primary roles and responsibilities:

  • Providing policy and program advice to government and community;
  • Public awareness and education on issues of importance to seniors;
  • Research and information gathering.

Primary Role:  Non-adjudicative

Material Role:  Advisory

How many people are in the organization?

The Seniors’ Secretariat is composed of representatives from provincial level organizations with an interest in seniors issues, government departments, and up to three public members at large.

What are the requirements of organization members?

Formal Qualifications: Members who are appointed to represent an approved organization are required to be members in good standing with the authority to establish and maintain ongoing communication between the Secretariat and the organization.

Work & Experience Requirements: Depends on needs of Secretariat.

Skills Required: Depends on needs of Secretariat.

What are the nomination requirements?

Traditional Nomination Requirements
Provincial seniors organizations nominate a representative from their membership to act as their representative and liaison on the Secretariat. Members at large are selected from applications received by Engage PEI, as part of the public engagement and recruitment process for agencies, boards and commissions.

Will I get paid?

No remuneration

What is the time commitment of the organization?

The Seniors’ Secretariat meets up to six times per year for four hours/meeting. Meetings are held during the day. Subcommittee work, on specific short term projects, may add to the time commitment. Generally speaking, a commitment of approximately three.

Member organizations are approved by Executive Council. Representatives of member organizations are appointed by the respective group. Public members (up to three) are appointed by Executive Council.

Seniors' Secretariat - Members
Name Term Start Term End
Grace Blackette, Member-at-Large May 16, 2023 May 16, 2026
Sr. Norma Gallant, Member-at-Large Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2025
Debbie Mullen Campbell, PEI Senior Citizens Federation May 16, 2023 May 16, 2026
Anne MacEwan, National Association of Federal Retirees Dec 21, 2021 Dec 21, 2024
Almeda Thibodeau, Les Francophone L'age d'or de ÎPE Dec 21, 2021 Dec 21, 2024
Dr. Joanne Stewart, Dental Association of PEI Nov 1, 2022 Nov 1, 2025
Nancymarie Arsenault, Hospice PEI Nov 21, 2023 Nov 21, 2026
Louise Weeks, PEI Women's Institute Nov 1, 2022 Nov 1, 2025
Crystal Praught, Provincial Geriatric Program May 16, 2023 May 16, 2026
Audrey Morris, Chairperson / Member-at-large  Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2024
Devon Broome, ResourceAbilities Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2025
Peter Holman, Age-Friendly Community Committee of Summerside Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2025
Bethany MacIsaac, Mi'Kmaq Confederacy of PEI Nov 21, 2023 Nov 21, 2026


How can I apply?  

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI

Who can I contact?

Senior Policy Advisor
Phone: (902) 620-3785

Published date: 
December 4, 2023
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118

Engage PEI Inquiries: 

Visit Engage PEI to learn more about serving as a member of an agency, board or commission (ABC).
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