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Appointment to the National Seniors Council

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, October 5, 2010 - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), today announced the appointment of a new member to the National Seniors Council for a term of three years.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stanley Hrabarchuk as a new member of the National Seniors Council," said Minister Finley. "His leadership skills and extensive experience supporting seniors' issues will be an excellent addition to the Council."

Following his retirement from the Government of Canada in 1991, Mr. Hrabarchuk became a member of the National Association of Federal Retirees (FSNA). He was appointed to the position of National President of FSNA in 2009 and in 2010, became the Immediate National Past President. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Hrabarchuk has worked on a number of committees to help further the work of FSNA through the development of membership programs and marketing and recruitment strategies. He was also instrumental in establishing a Manitoba Committee of Seniors to represent seniors' interests across the province.

"As Canada's population ages, advice and assistance from the National Seniors Council is increasingly vital to policy makers," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "Stanley Hrabarchuk's experience in government as well as with the National Association of Federal Retirees will bring to the Council a wealth of knowledge and experience on a range of issues important to older Canadians."

The National Seniors Council is mandated to provide advice to the federal government on matters related to the well-being and quality of life of Canada's seniors, including new opportunities and issues arising from a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse seniors' population.

Members appointed to the National Seniors Council bring with them unique perspectives and experiences that help the federal government understand the issues facing seniors today. The National Seniors Council may comprise a maximum of 12 members, including the Chair.

For more information on the Council, please visit www.seniorscouncil.gc.ca.

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