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?
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.
|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