B.C. names nation’s first seniors advocate
The B.C. government has appointed Isobel Mackenzie as Canada’s first seniors advocate.
The $2-million initiative was promoted as addressing issues facing the province’s seniors, whose population is set to double over the next 20 years to 1.43 million.
The job includes monitoring services, promoting awareness and working on policy changes to solve systemic problems.
“I will not shrink from the responsibility that I have to advocate for the seniors in this province,” Mackenzie said.
Mackenzie reiterated the independent nature of her position, giving her assurance she will be representing the interests of seniors and not the government.
Mackenzie has worked with seniors at a local, provincial and national level for the last 18 years.