Statement from Selina Robinson, BC New Democrat Opposition spokesperson for seniors
The BC Continuing Care Collaborative is a non-partisan event that will bring together representatives from the BC government, labour, health authorities, the seniors advocate, academia, nurses, LPNs, doctors, NGOs, trade associations, family members of seniors in care, as well the voices of seniors themselves. The BC New Democrat Opposition are holding a caucus retreat this week and were unable to send a representative.
Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville and Opposition spokesperson for seniors, did however send the statement below that we will also share to everyone in attendance at the Collaborative. BCCPA would like to thank Ms. Robinson and her caucus colleagues for the outreach, and we intend to follow up with them in person at a later date.
“Thank you to BC Care Providers for hosting this Collaborative and for providing me the opportunity to send a written note to the Collaborative and I am sorry that I cannot be there to hear the wisdom in the room. As the Oppositions Spokesperson for Seniors I have spent this last year visiting care facilities, seniors recreational programs and independent and assisted living homes. I have also hosted several Seniors Forums around the province so that I can better understand how we can better respond to an aging population.
“Looking at the list of attendees for the Collaborative I am impressed with a full range of expertise, commitment and passion about seniors care in the room. I am confident that your collaborative efforts will generate ideas, suggestions and recommendations for ensuring that the care we provide seniors better meets their needs so that they can live their remaining years with dignity and pride.
“Thank you for the work you do and for sharing your wisdom. I look forward to hearing and learning more about what can be, and ought to be done with and for our seniors.”