NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Just recently, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, and the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced the appointment of Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice Chancellor of Huntington University to the National Seniors Council.
Seniors are an important part of our social fabric and contribute to the rich diversity of Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to seeking expert advice on seniors’ issues so that Canadians can retire with dignity, in the best health possible, while enjoying social and economic security.
Appointed by the Governor in Council, Dr. McCormick will join the National Seniors Council, an advisory body providing recommendations to the Government of Canada on matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors.
The National Seniors Council was reinvigorated after the passing of MP Serré’s motion m-106, which called on the federal government to create a National Seniors Strategy. M-106 encouraged the federal government to broaden the mandate of the National Seniors Council to allow it to undertake reviews and analysis on their own initiative, allowing a grassroots approach to gather information and personal experiences from seniors, families and caregivers. The previous governments had left the Seniors Council dormant and only allowed them to do consultations by the request of the related ministries limiting their ability to access valuable information.
The National Seniors Council plays a key role in consulting with Canadians—commissioning research, convening expert panels, roundtables and consultations- preparing advice and presenting its findings to the Government on seniors-related issues.
Dr. McCormick is also the Honourary Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada. He finds time to raise awareness of the sacrifices and contributions made by Canadian Veterans through the collection of historic military artifacts that he donates to museums and families around the world which helps ensure the stories of the brave women and men who served Canada are told and honoured.
Dr. McCormick’s distinguished work has made him the recipient of national and international honours from Thailand, the United Kingdom, United States, Finland, Italy and more. Here at home, he inspires many in the community through his avid volunteerism and advocacy. His relentless work ethic and selfless nature will serve him well in his new role with the Seniors Council.
Also being inducted into the Seniors Council is Mr. Omar A. Saad, National Director of Operations, Remedy’s Rx Specialty Pharmacy.
“The National Seniors Council listens to Canadians, taking into account the unique perspective of seniors, their families and the organizations that represent them, along with experts and stakeholders. It shares what was heard with the Government of Canada, so we can continue to develop programs and policies that meet the evolving needs of Canadian seniors.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Kevin McCormick and Mr. Omar A. Saad to the National Seniors Council. Their expertise will be a welcome contribution to the Council and the important work it does to help us design policies, programs and services to improve the health and well-being of Canadian seniors.”
– The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
“Dr. Kevin McCormick displays remarkable dedication and professionalism, and he is a true ambassador for education and knowledge sharing. Our community has reaped so much from his work and Huntington University has thrived through his leadership. Dr. McCormick’s wealth of experience and his passion to improve the lives of our seniors makes him the perfect addition to the Seniors Council. We can certainly expect new insightful perspectives on how to ensure the well-being of Canada’s aging population from both new council members. I wish them my sincere congratulations.”
-MP Nickel Belt, Marc Serré
“I am truly humbled and honoured to be appointed as a new member of the Canada Seniors Council. It is a privilege to be able to give back, in this way. We are all aging, and we all deserve the opportunity to grow old with dignity; having our opinions and wisdom valued, and our life experiences honoured. I look forward to engaging with seniors, stakeholders and experts in the development of policies, programs and services that will provide aging Canadians with happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.”
-Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice Chancellor of Huntington University
- Seniors are the fastest growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
- Since 2007, the NSC has examined issues related to the social inclusion of seniors, labour participation of older Canadians, low-income among seniors, positive and active aging, volunteerism, and elder abuse.
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Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt