Green Party confirmation sets stage for major debate on seniors care

The BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is pleased to announce the final participant in our special Care to Chat all-candidates debate.  Jonina Campbell is the Green Party candidate in New Westminster and she has agreed to be on stage Feb 23rd at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver for the big event. The BC NDP will be represented by Judy Darcy, MLA for New Westminster and the Official Opposition Health Critic. The BC Liberals have chosen Michael Lee, their candidate in Vancouver-Langara to represent them.

All three of the candidates will be on stage for about 90 minutes whereby our expert panelist of journalists – Jeff Lee from the Vancouver Sun and Paul Johnson from Global TV News – will be asking them a series of questions related to seniors care. Given the recent media stories regarding seniors care, this is surely to be a lively debate. Tickets are selling fast, but are still available for purchase by clicking here.

“With Campbell now officially confirmed as a participant, the stage is set for what is shaping up to be most high profile debate related to seniors care leading up to the provincial election,” says Daniel Fontaine, CEO for the BCCPA. “I anticipate a number of the ideas and recommendations we laid out this week as part of our #CareCanBeThere report will be discussed.”

“Senior Care impacts nearly every single one of us at some point in our lives, either directly or indirectly,” says Campbell. “I look forward to attending the BC Care Provider’s “Care to Chat” to share the BC Green vision for a province of healthy aging and care, and measures to allow seniors to live with dignity and independence.”

Campbell was elected as a Trustee for the New Westminster School Board in 2011. In 2013, she was appointed as School Board Chair.

A special Care to Chat all-candidates debate was held in Surrey in 2015 with all four of the major political parties in attendance

Before being elected to the New Westminster School Board, she served the community of New Westminster by sitting on numerous boards, including; Community and Social Issues Committee, Child Care Strategy Task Group, Livable Cities Need Children and Families (Founder and Committee Chair), Early Childhood Development Committee and the Intelligent Cities Committee. She also founded Growing Up Urban – an outdoor play group for kids in New Westminster.

Campbell has been involved in public education in British Columbia since becoming a teacher in 1997. She has taught at both the primary and intermediate grade levels and up until last year, was a resource teacher in the Richmond School District. In 2005, Jonina furthered her own education by earning a Masters of Arts in Language Literacy.  She has lived in New Westminster for over 10 years and has been actively involved in public education in the province for the past 18 years.

“Another interesting dynamic related to this event will be the fact that both Campbell and Darcy are actually running against each other in New Westminster,” says Fontaine, also a resident of the Royal City.

This is the second time the BCCPA has organized this type of event – having previously hosted a special all-candidates debate during the 2015 federal election. “It’s a great way for our members to hear first-hand from the major political parties regarding what their plans are for seniors care in B.C,” says Fontaine. The event is open to the media.

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