Committee Could Lead to Creation of a Permanent Seniors Coalition
MONTREAL, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - A working committee has been created by
the Quebec Community Groups Network to develop an action plan for
English-speaking seniors in Quebec who face challenges in accessing services
in their own language.
In 2007, the Government of Quebec held public consultations across the
province to assess the living conditions of seniors. Following the
consultations, it issued a report entitled Preparing the Future with Our
Seniors which established the need to facilitate access to information on
services for seniors in English.
"There is an acute need for English seniors to have better access to
information on services available to them in their own language so that they
can make use of them," commented project co-ordinator Nina Kim.
To help achieve this objective, the QCGN received a project grant through
the New Horizons for Seniors Program from Human Resources and Social
Development Canada to develop a database of available English services for
seniors and to create an action plan for the English-speaking seniors.
"One of QCGN's goals is to identify key priorities of the
English-speaking seniors through a committee of volunteers and community
organizations - both of whom have genuine interests and expertise concerning
seniors," explained Nina Kim.
The QCGN is also seeking organizations that provide information or
services in English to participate in a survey. If your organization or
another organization you know of should be profiled in our database, please
contact Nina Kim at 514-868-9044, ext 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The survey
deadline is August 21.
The Seniors Working Committee was created to provide guidance and
strategic direction in the development of an action plan that will establish
the main priorities of English-speaking seniors in Quebec for the next few
The organization is working with seniors in various regions of Quebec
including the Lower North Shore, the Magdalen Islands, New Carlisle,
Métis-sur-Mer, Thetford Mines, Quebec City, Montreal, the Laurentians and
Upon completion of the action plan and database, the QCGN along with the
Seniors Working Committee will assess the potential of creating a permanent
coalition of English-speaking seniors in Quebec.
The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit
organization bringing together 32 English-language community organizations
across Quebec for the purposes of supporting and assisting the development,
and enhancing the vitality of the English-speaking minority communities
throughout the province.
For further information:
For further information: Rita Legault, Director of Communications and
Public Relations, (514) 868-9044 ext. 223, mobile: (514) 912-6555,