EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Women’s Committee will hold its annual Grandparents’ Day barbeque tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alberta legislature grounds bandshell.
Speakers include AUPE President Guy Smith, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman and Friends of Medicare Executive Director Sandra Azocar.Media are invited to attend.
“This free annual barbecue celebrates seniors in our province and all they have done to make Alberta the wonderful place it is today,” said Susan Slade, AUPE’s Vice-President and Chair of the union’s Women’s Committee.
“Many AUPE members care for tens of thousands of Alberta seniors province-wide.”
“They are the experts on the front lines and understand the critical role proper funding and resources play in elder care. Our members are some of the strongest seniors advocates in the province and can be counted on to continue the fight for top quality seniors care,” Slade said.
Since 2002, AUPE’s Women’s Committee has held the barbecue to bring seniors’ concerns and voices to the forefront, but serious issues still persist.
In Alberta, recent statistics highlight that 17.3 per cent of seniors (age 65 and up) were still working and their average total income was $15,400 lower than the rest of the province’s.
Statistics Canada reporting also shows 72,000 grandparents in Canada are raising their grandchildren alone.
“We encourage all to come out to our Grandparents’ Day barbecue with the elders in their lives,” said Slade.
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For more information:
Susan Slade, AUPE Vice-President: 403-554-4198
Celia Shea, Communications Officer: 780-930-3398