About the PEI Seniors' Secretariat

What is the role of the Seniors' Secretariat?

The Seniors’ Secretariat is a provincial body created to provide policy and program advice to government and other organizations to improve the quality of life for seniors. The Seniors’ Secretariat also develops and supports public education efforts about issues of importance to seniors and gathers information and research on related issues.

The Secretariat has several priority areas for action:

  • Improving personal safety and financial security
  • Addressing social isolation
  • Aging well in the right place
  • Promoting age-friendly communities and practices
  • Reducing ageism and promoting positive images of aging
  • Promoting access to information on available programs and services for seniors

Who does the Seniors' Secretariat report to?

The Seniors' Secretariat reports to the Minister of Social Development and Seniors.

Who serves on the Seniors' Secretariat?

The Seniors’ Secretariat has 13 members: 10 members from senior-serving organizations, and three members at large. Members at large are appointed from among individuals who apply through Engage PEI.

Current Membership

Audrey Morris, (Chair) - Member at large
Peter Holman, (Vice Chair) - Age-Friendly PEI Inc.
Sister Norma Gallant - Member at large
Grace Blackette - Member at large
Alméda Thibodeau - Les Francophones l'age d'or de l'Î.P.EI.
Bethany MacIsaac - Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island
Anne MacEwen - National Association of Federal Retirees
Dr. Joanne Stewart - Dental Association of Prince Edward Island
Debbie Mullen Campbell - PEI Senior Citizens Federation
Nancymarie Arsenault - Hospice Palliative Care Association of PEI
Louise Weeks - PEI Women's Institute
Crystal Praught - Provincial Geriatric Program
Devon Broome - ResourceAbilities

The Seniors’ Secretariat also has a staff resource, provided by the Office of Seniors (Department of Social Development and Seniors).

Contact Information

PEI Seniors Secretariat
Attn: Hailey Arsenault (Seniors Policy Advisor, Office of Seniors)
Department of Social Development and Seniors
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 620-3785


Published date: 
December 7, 2023
Social Development and Seniors

General Inquiries

Department of Social Development and Seniors
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: 902-368-4740