The Saskatchewan Union Retirees Federation (SURF) hosted a flag raising ceremony in recognition of International Day of Older Persons at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at City Hall in Prince Albert. Representatives from a number of seniors organizations, incumbent and new candidates running in the Prince Albert municipal elections, community activists, media and constituency assistant Rose Tournier-Rothenburger from NDP MLA Nicole Rancourt‘s office were in attendance.
Janice Bernier opened the program with introductions and the history behind the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) designation of October 1st as International Day of Older Persons along with the need to address the health, social and financial issues facing seniors and retirees.
Mayor Greg Dionne gave welcoming remarks and presented SURF with the city proclamation and certificate designating October 1st as "International Day of Older Persons”. ( See photos)
Dr. John Fryters Ph.D., ICADC Emeritus, founder of the Prince Albert Seniors Advocacy Centre also spoke about the need for “Age Friendly Communities” and assisted Mayor Dionne and I with raising the flag. It remained flying in the city hall courtyard from the October 3rd event for the week and was taken down on October 10th.
A display table was set up with Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) and Saskatchewan Union Retirees Federation (SURF) brochures as well as Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) Age Friendly Communities information. The brochures were well received by those in attendance, particularly by the candidates in the upcoming civic elections. It was a good opportunity to highlight seniors and retiree issues with current and prospective civic leaders and I made this a focus of my remarks to the audience.
Following the presentation and ceremony, coffee and cake were served to everyone in attendance. ( See photo)
(photos courtesy Shayne Lazarowich, Rose Tournier Rothenburger & Charlene Miller and news article from the Prince Albert Daily Herald)