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CNA and YMCA Canada team up to learn what Canadians need from health care – Advisory

Ottawa, Thursday, November 3, 2011 – The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and YMCA Canada are launching a series of public roundtables to give Canadians an opportunity to share their thoughts about the country's health-care system and how it can meet their needs. The insights shared through these sessions will help inform CNA's National Expert Commission, a nationwide consultation and research project currently exploring health-care transformation.

Tomorrow's event in Toronto will convene 15 to 20 youths, aged 15 to 29, to explore a number of issues, including what they think are the most pressing health challenges, what do health-care professionals need to do to address the challenges, and what improvements are needed the most. Insights collected from the public consultations will be included in the Commission's final report, which will be released in June 2012. It will contain practical, evidence-driven recommendations that will contribute to better health, better care and better value for Canadians.

Between now and the end of November, consultation events will take place at YMCA locations across the country with stops in P.E.I., Dartmouth, Moncton, Hamilton, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and more.



CNA's National Expert Commission & YMCA Youth Roundtable 


Maureen McTeer, Co-chair, National Expert Commission Michael Villeneuve, Executive Lead, National Expert Commission Sioban Nelson, National Expert Commission Robert Fraser, National Expert Commission Ida Thomas, Vice President, Children, Teens and Young Adults, YMCA Canada Mehdi Zobeiry,Vice President/General Manager, Central YMCA 


Friday, November 4, 2011 5 to 6:30 p.m. 


Program highlights include: 


Welcome from Ida Thomas 



Remarks from Maureen McTeer 



Outline of proceedings from Sarah Devorah Beldick, Program Director - Community, Volunteer & Member Involvement Programs, Central YMCA 



Group discussions begin. Topics include issues and trends, solutions and actions, and local supports 


Event concludes 



YMCA of Greater Toronto – Central YMCA location, auditorium 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 143,843 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

The YMCA is one of Canada's oldest, largest and most recognizable charitable organizations. The YMCA a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. Dedicated to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the YMCA ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. Rooted in more than 1,000 communities around the country, the YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, secure and connected children, youth, families and communities.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca
Website: www.cna-aiic.ca

Angela de Burger, Manager, Communications YMCA Canada
Direct: 416-645-5977
E-mail: angela_deburger@ymca.ca 
Website: www.ymca.ca