News Release Article from  Employment and Social Development Canada

Minister Duclos highlights innovative work local organizations are doing to improve the lives of seniors in Québec

March 15, 2016           Québec, Quebec                                   Employment and Social Development Canada

 

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, will visit Accès transports viables in Québec today at 1:30 p.m. and the Centre d’aide et d’action bénévole de Charlesbourg at 2:30 p.m. to discuss innovative approaches to improving the lives of seniors. He will also congratulate both organizations on their concerted effort to help local seniors play an active role in their communities.

Minister Duclos will share views on seniors issues and measures to support seniors while emphasizing that partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.

As part of its activities, the Centre d’aide et d’action bénévole de Charlesbourg connects with seniors who are isolated and vulnerable and helps them establish a support network so they can enjoy a safe, secure and satisfying life. This month, Accès transports viables launched a unique initiative targeting people 60 years of age and older. This initiative aims to help address urban transportation issues seniors face, and will look at ways to make it easier for seniors to overcome mobility issues that can lead to isolation.

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“I am inspired by the work being done by many local organizations such as the Centre d’aide et d’action bénévole de Charlesbourg and Accès transports viables to help seniors in their communities. The collective experience and expertise of these two resourceful partners will undoubtedly bring about new and meaningful ways of enabling seniors to enjoy the best life possible.” 

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“We are proud of the TanGo initiative, which will help improve living environments for seniors and keep them safer while walking. It will also provide training to organizations and people who work with seniors to help them move toward sustainable transportation alternatives such as public transit, carpooling, utility cycling or walking.”

– Accès transports viables

“Our Aînés-nous à vous aider service reaches vulnerable or isolated seniors where other traditional approaches have failed. We are proud of the impact that this service has had on our community.”

– Julie Mayrand, general manager, Centre d’aide et d’action bénévole de Charlesbourg

 

Associated Links

Canada.ca/Seniors
Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program
Le Centre d'aide et d'action bénévole de Charlesbourg
Accès transports viables

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