Just ask Angie: BC Seniors Advocate visits the coast

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Isobel Mackenzie, the BC Seniors Advocate will host a Sechelt Town Hall on Monday February 6th from 10:30am to 12:00pm at the Seafront Center in Sechelt.

Q: How can I become an advocate for the elderly on the coast?

A: An important opportunity is coming soon to share the experiences of seniors living on the Sunshine Coast. In early February, BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie will be hosting a Sechelt Town Hall (an event co-hosted by us, the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre!). Mackenzie wants to hear from seniors, loved ones of seniors and others living on the island of the Sunshine Coast. It’s an opportunity to share your experiences of what works and what doesn’t work well for seniors here on the coast.

In addition to sharing your own thoughts, this is an opportunity to learn more about the role of the Elder Advocate’s Office, hear Mackenzie describe the concerns she is hearing from seniors across BC, and hear her emphasis that her office shares the last of those published. studies.

The Office of the Senior Advocate is responsible for monitoring and analyzing seniors’ services and issues in BC and provides recommendations to governments and service providers to address systemic issues. Mackenzie’s office oversees five key areas: health care, housing, income support, community support and transport.

The Bureau’s latest report, published last fall, concludes that “more needs to be done to help seniors with low and modest incomes live with dignity and security as they age in their homes.” The report highlights the immense income insecurity of BC’s seniors. It shows that 45 percent of BC seniors earn less than the minimum wage, compared to 6 percent of the entire workforce. The report also finds that while the minimum wage increased by 40 percent between 2015 and 2020, retirement income of the elderly increased by only 14 percent over the same period . The full 40+ page report is available at www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca.

To speak your mind at this town hall, mark your calendar for Monday February 6 from 10:30am to 12:00pm at the Sea Center in Sechelt (5790 Triq Teredo). The event is public and no registration is required. We would love to see you there! For more information, contact Mary Caros, Seniors Planning Manager at the Resource Center: [email protected] or 604-802-7781. To contact the Office of the Elder Advocate: email [email protected] or call 1-877-952-3181.

And remember, if you are a senior – or anyone else – who needs help finding any grants or support that may apply to you, please contact us in the Resource Center using the contact information below.

Angie Theilmann is the Information and Referral Specialist at the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, your community information centre. The resource center is open from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm It is recommended that you make an appointment to ensure that we are at your disposal. Note: some days we can book customers after 2pm. Contact us: [email protected] or 604-885-4088.


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