On March 19, 2014, the Government of British Columbia announced the appointment of Isobel Mackenzie as Canada’s first Seniors Advocate.
As the voice of seniors in B.C., Mackenzie will have a broad mandate to monitor and review system-wide issues affecting the well-being of seniors and raise awareness about resources available to them.
The Advocate also makes recommendations to government and those who deliver seniors’ services related to health care, personal care, housing, transportation and income support.
Mackenzie’s appointment began on March 31, and one of her first speaking engagements will be to make the trip from Victoria to the community of Barriere for the Rural Living Expo and Trade Show at the North Thompson Agriplex on Sunday, April 27.
The advocate will be on site at the Expo in the morning, and will be the day’s feature speaker, immediately following the 10 a.m., Cowboy Church hosted by country music legend Gordie West.
Members of the public, especially those who now call themselves “seniors”, are encouraged to come out and meet Canada’s first Senior’s Advocate, hear what she has to say about being the voice of seniors in B.C., and bring your questions along with you.
Admission to the Expo is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors or students.
Children 12 and under are free.