Cartwright woman ap­pointed to board for se­niors

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - NEWS - BY EVAN CAREEN

A woman from Cartwright was re­cently ap­pointed to the Provin­cial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on Aging and Se­niors and said she’s look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

Judy Pardy has been in­volved in the com­mu­nity for a long time as the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor with the South­east­ern Aurora De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and is cur­rently in­volved with the Sand­wich Bay 50+ Club and as a peer vol­un­teer with Se­niorsNL.

Pardy said she’s ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and is sure it will pro­vide some chal­lenges.

“You have to be com­mit­ted; it’s go­ing to take a fair bit of en­ergy,” she said. “I think it’s go­ing to be worth it, it’s a good group and it’s the first time to my knowl­edge they’ve had more than one per­son from Labrador. This time there’s three of us.”

In ad­di­tion to Pardy, the other two from Labrador - Noreen Careen from Labrador City - and Shirley Letto of L’Anse au Clair. Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment, the coun­cil ‘ad­vises gov­ern­ment in pre­par­ing for an aging pop­u­la­tion by en­sur­ing that a se­niors’ per­spec­tive is re­flected in pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and in plan­ning for fu­ture ser­vice de­liv­ery.’

The coun­cil can ad­vise gov­ern­ment on is­sues re­lat­ing to se­niors, which gov­ern­ment can then de­cide whether to im­ple­ment or not. Pardy said she will be a strong ad­vo­cate for Labrador se­niors and the chal­lenges they face.

One of the big­gest is­sues se­niors in Labrador face is ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“The ru­ral ar­eas are where we’re hav­ing the big­gest is­sues to be dealt with,” Pardy said. “I know there’s a lot of good pro­grams out there but get­ting them to the se­niors is an is­sue. In ru­ral ar­eas, there are no re­sources for se­niors to tap into so they have to rely on their fam­ily mem­bers and vol­un­teers to bring it to them. I don’t know how you fix some­thing like that.”

Not all se­niors have fam­ily still in the area, due to out­mi­gra­tion, she said and that can also lead to another big is­sue she sees fac­ing se­niors: lone­li­ness.

“There’s a lot of se­niors alone to­day that don’t have the sup­port that other gen­er­a­tions had,” she said. “Peo­ple don’t visit like they used to, that so­cial part of our life­style isn’t there like it was even 20 years ago. Peo­ple seem to be so busy and ac­tive these days.”

Pardy said she re­mem­bers be­fore tele­vi­sions were com­mon there used to be out­door hockey games in Cartwright and ev­ery man, woman and child in the com­mu­nity would turn out. Then when TV came along vis­its started to slack off.

Another big is­sue Pardy hopes to tackle is se­niors’ ben­e­fits. Se­niors in this prov­ince get the low­est amount to live on in the coun­try, which Pardy said makes life dif­fi­cult.

“To me that’s a pri­or­ity, es­pe­cially in Labrador with the cost of liv­ing be­ing so high. We have to at least be on par with the rest of the coun­try; we should get more to cover the cost of liv­ing.”

De­spite all the chal­lenges, Pardy said she’s look­ing for­ward to the next three years on the coun­cil. She hopes to get feed­back from as many se­niors as she can and, hope­fully, ef­fect some pos­i­tive change.

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