Answering the Call of Family Caregivers: Annual Caregiver Resource Fair

    MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - For the 2.8 million Canadian family
caregivers, finding the resources to help them in their role can often be a
challenging process. The Professionals Networking for Caregivers is once again
coming to their aide with the 4th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, where
representatives from both the public and private sector will be on hand to
provide information to caregivers on the many resources available to them. The
Resource Fair will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2007 from 11am-5pm at the
Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield, Montreal. Admission and indoor parking are
free (parking at 2055 Metcalfe).
    The Annual Resource Fair continues to receive support from
Dr. Philippe Couillard, Minister of Health and Social Services, and this year
Ms. Marguerite Blais, Minister Responsible for Seniors, will be providing
opening remarks.
    Caregivers save the Canadian government 5 billion dollars per year and
appropriate responses to their physical, psychological and emotional needs are
essential. Says one caregiver, "My mother is not the person she used to be. I
feel that I am the mother and she is the child. I need help to know what
services are available to help both of us because I feel like there is no
light at the end of the tunnel".
    Another caregiver who is caring for a disabled child adds, "I think that
since we have had help, I feel more like a mother. Throughout the years, I
have felt like a nurse, a teacher, a physiotherapist, a specialized educator,
a speech therapist and I could not be just a mother."

    The program

    - Opening remarks by Ms. Marguerite Blais, Minister Responsible for
    - Remarks by Mr. Russell Copeman, Parliamentary assistant to the Minister
      of Health and Social Services
    - Information booths on public and private resources
    - Film presentation: Whisperings of the Soul at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm

    About the Professionals Networking for Caregivers

    The Professionals Networking for Caregivers is a committee composed of
approximately 30 organizations in the Montreal health and social services

    For information about the Annual Caregiver Resource Fair call
514-484-7878 #1519

For further information:

For further information: Claire Valiquette, (514) 484-7878, #2209

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