This summer, Filomena Tassi was named Canada’s first full Minister of Seniors.
Since this appointment, the minister has been travelling across the country to talk to seniors, families and organizations that work with and for seniors.
On Nov. 12, Minister Tassi visited Winnipeg and I had the pleasure of hosting her in our community as she visited Woodhaven Men’s Sheds and the Charleswood 55-plus Active Living Centre.
I’ve worked closely with these two organizations over the course of my time in Parliament and I’m grateful the minister was able to experience firsthand how they support the health and wellbeing of older adults.
While at the Woodhaven Park Community Centre, Minister Tassi and I chatted with Men’s Sheds members and learned about what projects they are currently working on. Originating in Australia, Men’s Sheds are collaborative and communal spaces where older men get together to work on projects, stay active in the community and foster important social connections.
During our visit to the Charleswood 55-plus Active Living Centre, Minister Tassi and I participated in a barre fitness class. I’m a long-distance runner and I found that class extremely challenging. I truly commend the members who participate in that class regularly as it’s a great way to challenge yourself and maintain your health and fitness.
After the class, we visited with the centre’s board where we discussed topics related to seniors in our community. We also got a brief glimpse into a bridge club at the centre, where members can learn to play the card game together – another one of the many programs the centre offers to keep seniors active in their community.
Both Woodhaven Men’s Sheds and the Charleswood 55-plus Active Living Centre are leaders in our community in the work they do for seniors and older adults. Seniors are a growing part of Canada’s population – today they make up 17 per cent of the population and we expect seniors will represent 25 per cent of the population by 2036. That’s why it’s important to have programs and organizations in place to ensure our seniors are active and engaged members of their communities and are provided a future to which they can look forward.
If you’d like to chat with me about topics related to seniors or any other subject that matters to you, I encourage you to join me at my Holiday Open House on Thurs., Dec. 20 at my constituency office (3092 Portage Ave.) from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event is family-friendly and light refreshments will be served.
If you have any questions or requirement further information about the Holiday Open House, please contact my office at email@example.com or 204-984-6432 for assistance.
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