A group of well-known New Brunswickers have been appointed by the province’s child, youth and seniors’ advocate to join an advisory council as part of a review into long-term care.
Officials say 13 people will join the council, which will explore best practices and provide guidance so the province can develop “a clear plan” for a viable and predictable long-term care system.
“New Brunswickers deserve a reliable long-term care system that will ensure easy access to quality services, while respecting their dignity, their rights and their independence,” said Kelly Lamrock, New Brunswick’s child, youth and seniors’ advocate, in a news release.
“By consulting a group of advisors with diverse knowledge and backgrounds, I am confident they will provide strong support for our team as they explore best practices and provide guidance on how the government can develop a clear plan … which promotes accountability in a comfortable community setting.”
Members of the advisory council are:
- Chief George Ginnish from Natoaganeg (Eel Ground First Nation)
- Madeleine Dubé, a former New Brunswick health minister
- Norma Dubé, of the New Brunswick Association of Francophone Elders
- Janet Durkee-Lloyd, an assistant gerontology professor at St. Thomas University
- Brian Duplessis, a former executive director of Fredericton Homeless Shelters Inc.
- Haley Flaro, the executive director of Ability New Brunswick
- Joan Kingston, a former MLA and current nursing consultant at the University of New Brunswick
- Chandra MacBean, the executive director of the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick
- Ken McGeorge, a former hospital and long-term care administrator
- Misty McLaughlin, a holistic life coach for youth and families/natural supports
- Constantine Passaris, an economics professor at the University of New Brunswick
- Terry Seguin, journalist and former host of CBC’s Information Morning Fredericton
- Sarah Wagner, executive director of Inclusion NB
Government also encourages the public to share their personal experiences.
“By extending the reach of the engagement process and collecting input from the new online tools, the advice from members of the advisory council should lead to great work and produce a clear sustainable plan for the government to adopt and improve the overall long-term care system,” said Lamrock.
Residents can respond to an online questionnaire detailing personal experiences here.