Jul
25
2019

Island voices sought for seniors action plan council

Government is inviting Islanders to put their names forward to be part of a new council to help carry out the strategic priorities of the province’s health and wellness action plan for seniors, near seniors and caregivers.

The Seniors Health and Wellness Action Plan was developed to address the challenges of an aging population and improve the wellness of aging Islanders.  The council will create a work plan to advance the priorities in the action plan.  It will also provide advice to government and non-government organizations and identify opportunities and barriers to achieving progress on the action plan.

“Islanders, especially seniors, need to have a voice around the table as we work to implement new initiatives to benefit our aging population,” said Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward. “We want to be working with Islanders and with communities, so that they can inform the work of government, and together we can improve the health and wellbeing of Island seniors.”

Islanders are encouraged to apply to be a member of the council through Engage PEI on or before August 9 at Apply to Engage PEI

"Matters affecting seniors impact us all as the aging population has changing needs and brings new opportunities to contribute to community life,” said Social Development and Housing Minister Ernie Hudson.  “We need to ensure the right programs, services, and community supports are in place to meet those changing needs and future demands so that all Islanders can live healthy, productive lives.”


Media Contact
Autumn Tremere
Health and Wellness
agtremere@gov.pe.ca
902-368-5610

BACKGROUNDER

The Council will be comprised of members appointed by the Minister of Social Development and Housing and the Minister of Health and Wellness.

Membership will include representation from:

  • Government departments with responsibility for action items identified in the action plan
  • Health PEI
  • PEI Seniors’ Secretariat
  • Community representatives

Council members are required to:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis
  • Participate at meetings and work with other members to develop solutions
  • Offer information and share perspectives while respecting confidentiality
  • Participate in project task teams

Skills and Experience Required
To support the Council to do its work each member should have the ability to represent one or more of the following perspectives or contribute one or more of the following skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Experience in working with groups on projects
  • Decision making capabilities
  • Board experience
  • Experience as a caregiver
  • Rural and urban perspectives
  • Knowledge, understanding and interest in senior’s issues

Members are volunteers
Council members serve as volunteers and will not receive remuneration. Mileage for travel costs to attend meetings will be paid.

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca