OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada's Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent will be in North Bay, Ontario, on November 15-16 to meet with Veterans and their families, Veterans' organizations, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and municipal leaders.
"I am looking forward to visiting North Bay," said the Ombudsman. "As the Gateway to the North, it is a vibrant community with many serving members and Veterans and their families. Their concerns are my concerns as Veterans Ombudsman, and I intend to reach out to and meet as many members as I can."
Mr. Parent hosts public Town Halls and Stakeholder Meetings in communities across the country. On the afternoon of November 15, he will be hosting a Stakeholder Meeting in North Bay at the Hampton Inn including representatives of local Veterans' groups, health care and service providers, researchers, members of the Defence community, and local elected officials. In the evening, from 6pm to 8pm, he will host a public Town Hall, also at the Hampton Inn. At the meetings, he will provide an update on the work of his office and the support it provides, his priorities going forward, and recommendations for improvements. An Ombudsman Service Representative will also be in North Bay for private consultations with Veterans.
Chief Warrant Officer Guy Parent (retired) joined the Canadian Forces in 1964, and served as a Search and Rescue Technician for over 30 years. He now has been serving Canadians in various military and civil functions for over 50 years. He was first appointed Veterans Ombudsman in November 2010 for a five-year term, which was renewed in 2015 for three additional years.
The Veterans Ombudsman works to ensure the fair treatment of Veterans and their families by reviewing and addressing complaints, and systemic and emerging issues in relation to the programs, services and benefits provided by Veterans Affairs Canada. The Office of the Veterans Ombudsman is evidence-informed with dedicated front-line staff who help individual Veterans and their representatives navigate the complexity of VAC's benefits and programs. The office also identifies gaps in programs, benefits and services for Veterans and their families, informs debate on systemic issues and makes recommendations to the Government for improvements.
SOURCE Veterans Ombudsman
For further information: Media inquiries: Lucille Hodgins, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman, 613-943-7884, [email protected]