CONTRIBUTION · 19th October 2015
Kitimat Seniors' Centre
The BC Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, will be in Kitimat this coming Thursday and she will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the Seniors' Centre. The Advocate wants to hear from seniors and their family members who live in the Kitimat area. She would like to hear what is working and what is not working for seniors in Kitimat. The Advocate will also discuss her role, seniors' concerns heard across BC, homecare issues, access to seniors' services and housing.
Thursday, October 22
10am at the Kitimat Seniors' Centre
Isobel Mackenzie was appointed as British Columbia’s first Seniors Advocate on March 19, 2014. In this new role, Isobel serves as an independent adviser to the Minister of Health and acts as a strong voice for BC seniors. She is responsible for monitoring seniors’ services, promoting awareness of seniors’ issues and supports, and working collaboratively to identify solutions and make recommendations about system-wide issues facing seniors.
Isobel has over 20 years’ experience working with seniors in home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. Isobel led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit agency, serving over 6000 seniors annually. In this work Isobel was a leader in pioneering a new model of dementia care that has become a national best practice and she led the first safety accreditation for homecare workers, among many other accomplishments. Isobel has been widely recognized for her work and was named BC CEO of the Year for the Not-for-Profit Sector and nominated as a Provincial Health Care Hero.
Prior to her appointment Isobel served on a number of national and provincial boards and commissions including the BC Medical Services Commission, the Canadian Homecare Association, BC Care Providers, BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation. Isobel currently serves on the University of Victoria’s Board of Governors.
Isobel received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Victoria and has a Certificate in Health Care Leadership from the University of Toronto. Isobel lives in Victoria with her husband and they have two children attending university.
You are invited to meeting the Advocate and the audience is encouraged to participate in questions and discussion.