Second campaign for Hebert
Dr.Rejean Hebert, who is the Dean of Medicine at the
and the world-renowned researcher on aging who developed the widely used “SMAF”, a disability rating scale, is running for a second time in the riding of St. Francois for the Parti Quebecois. In the election of 2008 he lost by 1,300 votes.
Asked why he was running in this campaign, Dr. Hebert commented: “Because the same problems that were there in 2008 are still in place. Our health system is not adapting to our aging population. The government has been focussing on hospitals when the solutions are outside of the hospitals. We should prevent people from going to the hospital, they sometimes go because they have no access to doctors. If we focussed on homecare, seniors would have a better quality of life and it’s cheaper. Other countries that are facing the same problem of an aging population are doing this. In Quebec we should do a major move right now.”
Another issue that Dr. Hebert is concerned with is Quebec agriculture. “The government is not promoting local agricultural products. In Quebec we consume only 30% of local products and we’d like that to rise to 50%. Right now food products are sent to Toronto and then they come back to our grocery stores. That’s bad for the environment and bad for our producers,” he explained. He also spoke about a program to facilitate young people to take over the farms of their parents, the importance of maintaining small villages, and the building of infrastructures in small villages for young families and for seniors, such as senior housing.
With such an illustrious medical career, Dr. Hebert was asked if he will be just as engaged in politics if his party doesn’t win the election but he wins his seat. “Yes. If I will be at the National Assembly I would push the government to do the right thing, but I would have less power. I would still represent the citizens of St. Francois.”
Yesterday,at the Connaught Home in North Hatley, a very special birthday party was held for five remarkable individuals, all born well before the First World War. The ages of the five ‘birthday girls’ ranged from 99 (turning 100 in a few days) to 102 years and counting!
“Three of the women live right here at the Connaught Home and two will be visiting us from the Grace Christian Home in Lennoxville,” explained Donna Barker, the administrative assistant at the Connaught Home, when interviewed ahead of time about the special event.
Oldest of these celebrated Townshippers is Daisy Houlzet at 102. With Powers as her maiden name, she was born in the Gaspé region and spent most of her life in Montreal. She has been living in North Hatley for the past three years. Althea Hansford (nee Bryan) will be 102 in September. She was born in Coaticook and spent most of her life there before moving to Lennoxville for ten years. The Connaught Home has been her home for the past eight years. Evelyn Jackson, who was also interviewed for this week’s ‘portrait’ article, will be turning 100 at the end of the month. She lived in Magog most of her life and has been living at the Connaught Home for a few months.
Visiting from the Grace Christian Home were Audrey Lambert (nee Boivin), who turned 100 last month, and Florence Aldrich (nee Taylor) who turns 101 this fall. Mrs. Lambert was born in Quebec City and
The Centenarians who were celebrated yesterday at the Connaught Home in North Hatley are (l. to r.) Audrey Lambert, Daisy Houlzet, Evelyn Jackson, Althea Hansford and Florence Aldrich.
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