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2015 Election Town Halls

October 8: Town hall in Edmonton Strathcona

On October 8, CNA president-elect Barbara Shellian moderated the final Health Is Where the Home Is town hall in the Alberta riding of Edmonton Strathcona. A sizeable crowd, numbering over 165 residents, came out to hear federal candidates and expert panellists discuss their concerns on health issues at the South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) Activity Centre gym. (View photos.)

The sizable turnout showed that many residents (many of whom were caregivers) in the riding care about the issues CNA has emphasized over the course of the 78-day election campaign. The concern shown by the many residents who lined up to ask questions at the microphones also indicated how crucial these issues are for Canadians (including RNs, seniors and caregivers) as they get ready to vote on October 19.

Participants included:

  • Barbara Shellian, moderator, CNA president-elect
  • Jacob Binnema, Green Party of Canada candidate
  • Linda Duncan, New Democratic Party of Canada candidate
  • Kimberly Fraser, U of A faculty of nursing associate professor, home care researcher
  • Bobbi Junior, caregiver, author and speaker on caregiving
  • Lynne Moulton, Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association
  • Eleanor Olszewski, Liberal Party of Canada candidate
  • Len Thom, Conservative Party of Canada candidate

CNA would also like to thank the three organizations that supported the event:

October 7: Town hall in Vancouver Granville

The night before the Alberta event, more than 50 B.C. residents attended CNA’s town hall in the newly created riding of Vancouver Granville. The event, which also attracted nursing students from Langara College, was moderated by CNA president-elect Barbara Shellian. The event was held in the heart of the riding at the Diamond Ballroom. (View photos.)

With less than two week until election day, federal candidates and expert panellists were well-prepared for the varied questions from residents on issues related to standards for home health care, caregiving for patients (many of whom also happened to be caregivers) and programs that promote healthy and active aging. Everyone in attendance agreed that action needs to be taken to improve seniors care.

Participants included:

  • Barbara Shellian, moderator, CNA president-elect
  • Michael Barkusky, Green Party of Canada candidate
  • Marcia Carr, clinical nurse specialist, ARNBC board member at large
  • Nita Levy, executive director of Paul’s Club
  • Josie McGee, national director of healthcare innovation at CBI Health Group
  • Mira Oreck, New Democratic Party of Canada candidate
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, Liberal Party of Canada candidate

CNA would also like to thank the three organizations that supported the event:

September 1: Town hall in Moncton

On September 1, more than 150 residents attended our town hall in the New Brunswick riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe. With standing room only at the Capitol Theatre and people lined up at the microphones, it’s clear that healthy aging and seniors care is important to Canadian voters. (View photos.)

The federal candidates faced a number of tough questions. They all agreed on one thing: the federal government needs to play a leadership role and work with provinces and territories for the good of our nation’s health. Participants included:

  • Rachel Bard, former CNA president and CEO (moderator)
  • Karen Fullerton, area director for Bayshore HealthCare, Moncton
  • Luc LeBlanc, New Democratic Party of Canada candidate
  • Luc Melanson, Green Party of Canada candidate
  • Carolle Nazair, nurse practitioner
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Liberal Party of Canada candidate
  • Joanne Richard, southeast regional coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick

We received extensive media coverage:

CNA is thankful for those that also supported the event:

May 30: Town hall in Mississauga

CNA kicked off the first phase of its 2015 federal election campaign with a Health Is Where the Home Is community town hall in the federal riding of Mississauga–Streetsville. (View photos.)

Over 30 people attended the May 30 event, which was moderated by CNA president Karima Velji and focused on home health care and healthy aging. Participants included:

  • Brad Butt, Conservative MP
  • Fayaz Karim, NDP candidate
  • Gagan Sikand, Liberal Party of Canada candidate
  • Chris Hill, Green Party of Canada candidate
  • Anthony Milonas, chief operating officer at CBI Health Group and Canadian Home Care Association board member
  • Estrella Mercurio, Care and Services manager at ParaMed Home Health Care
  • Sara Shearkhani, co-founder of Family Caregivers Voice

The Mississauga News covered the event and Twitter was abuzz with posts using the hashtag #homeishealth.