Celebrating Seniors in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke October 1, 2011 will mark Canada’s first annual National Seniors Day

Pembroke, Ontario —To mark Canada’s first National Seniors Day, Cheryl Gallant, MP, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke celebrated the start of the day with a simple thank-you to the many seniors for all they do to make the Ottawa valley such a wonderful place to live.

“Thank-you. I am proud of you. I value what you have done for our country, our county, and our local community. You deserve our thanks.  National Seniors Day is our time to join together as a nation to honour Canadian seniors,” stated Cheryl Gallant, MP.

Coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons, the Government of Canada established National Seniors Day as an opportunity for Canadians to pay tribute to the contributions that seniors make to their families, communities, workplaces and society. “National Seniors Day is an occasion to celebrate Canadian seniors,” said Gallant, MP.  “Today, we recognize the many contributions seniors have made and we thank them for continuing to be mentors and leaders in our communities.”

Celebrating Canada’s First National Seniors Day

“Seniors play an important role in communities across Canada. They have shaped our country, raised a generation and fought for our rights and freedoms. Today they continue to share their knowledge, time and expertise. Seniors are vibrant, powerful and influential mentors, and leaders. They have contributed generously, building our families, our communities, our workplaces and our country.

That is why the Government of Canada created National Seniors Day—an official day to recognize the significant ways in which seniors have and continue to contribute to our communities.

Our government understands the importance of supporting seniors and seniors’ issues, and we are working hard to ensure that our policies, programs and services are meeting—and will continue to meet—seniors’ needs.

I encourage you to find your own unique way to celebrate the seniors in your life. Perhaps send a simple thank-you note to a senior, whom you know.  Or put up a National Seniors Day poster in your workplace.  To all the seniors who continue to help build this country, thank you.”

For More Information Please Call Cheryl Gallant, M.P. at (613) 732-4404