Throne Speech 2013
Parliament for 2013
Richmond Electoral District
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 20, 2012—The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), addressed participants today at the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, the theme of which is “Aging in a Changing World.”
Minister of State Wong introduced one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Geoff Fernie, Director for Research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, who spoke about the role of technology in helping seniors with disabilities stay mobile and independent. She also provided opening remarks at the National Seniors Council’s workshop, where Council members presented preliminary findings on their consultations with employers about the aging workforce.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the well-being and ongoing needs of Canada’s seniors,” said Minister of State Wong. “Working together, we can all encourage seniors to stay active, engaged and informed in a rapidly changing world.”
Minister of State Wong also participated in the annual Awards Ceremony of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging. The awards are an occasion for members of the research community to recognize the work of their peers.
This three-day conference provides an opportunity for all levels of governments, seniors’ organizations, professional associations, academics, experts and non-governmental organizations to come together to share their views and perspectives to better address the needs of seniors.