On October 1, 2016, the City of Ottawa raised the Seniors Voice flag specifically designed to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons. This is the second year that the City raised this flag which is adorned with red Canadian maple leaf and United Nations blue and white globe surrounded by the laurel leaves. Older Persons Day declared by the United Nations of the world was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991. The day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting seniors, such as health care, pensions, ageism. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society. The UN theme for 2016, Take a Stand Against Ageism, challenges everyone to consider ageism — the negative attitudes and discrimination based on age — and the detrimental impact it has on older people.
In the absence of Mayor Watson the flag was raised by the deputy mayor with several City Councillors and CURC Ottawa members representative of other senior organizations in attendance. Diane Deans , chair of the City of Ottawa Seniors Roundtable hosted a reception following the Seniors Voice flag raising. Speakers at the event included the Deputy Mayor,Councillor Deans, Terry Sing and Lucienne Bahuaud from the Ottawa CURC chapter and Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa District Labour Council. The event was opened by a prayer by native elder.