International Day of Older Persons acknowledged in P.A.

By Glenn Hicks
October 1, 2018 - 11:53am

International Day of Older Persons was celebrated with a proclamation in Prince Albert Monday morning.

It was organized by Janice Bernier, with the Saskatchewan Union Retirees Federation, who says the day is about recognizing the significant contributions made by seniors.

“They help in building our communities, cities and societies and we need to celebrate everything that they’ve done and the life that they’ve lead,” she told paNOW at the formal event in the foyer of City Hall. “We need to make sure seniors are included in everything we do.”

Bernier said the day should also be about advocating for the safety and security of seniors, a call to provide and protect pensions and implement a universal and accessible pharmacare plan for everyone.

Mayor Greg Dionne, who made the official proclamation, sees the contributions of seniors as part of the wider, valuable volunteer mix in the city.

“They volunteer at two o’clock in the afternoon or ten in the morning when the rest of us are at work,” he said. “So, like the World Softball tournament for example, the younger people took over in the evening and the seniors were there during the day.”

Dionne added Prince Albert is working to become an age-friendly city through accessible buildings and facilities and supporting seniors' transportation including having a fully-accessible new transit fleet.

 

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