Charest in help­ing mood for se­niors

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Sher­brooke

PremierJean Charest was on fa­mil­iar ground, last Thurs­day, as he pre­sented Se­niors Min­is­ter Mar­guerite Blais at a press con­fer­ence given at the Sain­tVin­cent-de-Paul hos­pi­tal in Sher­brooke. She was to an­nounce, along with Or­ford M.n.a. Pierre Reid, the grant­ing of $364,531 to var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved with se­niors.

Since the Premier was born there, as were his chil­dren, and that his fa­ther-in-law prac­ticed at the hos­pi­tal, now part of the CHUS, he was on fa­mil­iar ground and could ac­knowl­edge per­son­ally some of the guests present. He re­minded all that Que­bec is at the fore­front of se­niors care in North Amer­ica: “Se­niors con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of our so­ci­ety. For a lot of them, this in­volve­ment trans­lates by the nat­u­ral hu­man choice of be­ing close to their

loved ones; spouses, fam­ily mem­bers or sick peo­ple to help and pro­vide them with love. We have a duty to back these peo­ple so that their con­tri­bu­tion can be rec­og­nized at its just value and it is in this per­spec­tive that two of to­day’s projects will be awarded to sup­port them.”

The Premier went on to say that se­niors pro­vide over seventy mil­lion hours of vol­un­teer time, that close to eighty thou­sand are still work­ing and 50% of se­niors aged over 75 still own their home.

The premier was es­pe­cially proud of a $100,000 grant to the Cen­tre d’ex­per­tise en santé de Sher­brooke.

Mrs. Blais then an­nounced grants for the Ac­tion in­ter­cul­turelle de développe­ment et d’éd­u­ca­tion, help­ing mi­nor­ity se­niors to in­te­grate into our so­ci­ety. They are get­ting $232,000 over 3 years and La Mai­son des Grandspar­ents is get­ting $15,685. Mr. Reid an­nounced that the Coopéra­tive de sol­i­dar­ité de ser­vice à domi­cile de Mem­phré­m­a­gog will get $15,824 to or­ga­nize con­fer­ences.

At the scrum, fol­low­ing the press con­fer­ence, this news­pa­per asked what the Se­niors min­istry in­tended to do fol­low­ing the bru­tal clos­ing of the White House in Stanstead last month so that this would not be re­peated in the fu­ture. The min­is­ter was ob­vi­ously un­aware of the sit­u­a­tion and gave canned an­swers to our ques­tion. Mr. Reid later told the Stanstead Jour­nal that a so­lu­tion should be an­nounced soon in or­der to pro­tect all res­i­dents of se­niors’ homes in Que­bec fac­ing such a sit­u­a­tion.

pho­tos Stanstead Jour­nal

Premier Jean Charest and MNA Pierre Reid at­tended the an­nounce­ment of money for three se­niors or­ga­ni­za­tions. Se­niors’ Min­is­ter Mar­guerite Blais an­nounced a grant of $364,531 for se­niors in Sher­brooke last Thurs­day.

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