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
Isabelle Christian, Chairperson Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2023
Sr. Norma Gallant, PEI Senior Citizens Federation June 1, 2019 June 1, 2022
Cathy Hellmich, PEI Senior Citizens Federation Feb 25, 2020 Feb 25, 2023
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 Oct 1, 2019 Oct 1, 2022
Lorna Jenkins, Hospice PEI Oct 19, 2020 Oct 19, 2022
Farida Chishti, PEI Women's Institute Sept 22, 2019 Sept 22, 2021
Elaine Campbell, Provincial Geriatric Program July 27, 2021 July 27, 2022
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
Roseanne Sark, Mi'Kmaq Confederacy of PEI Dec 21, 2021 Dec 21, 2024


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: 
March 7, 2022
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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