FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris in recognition of National Seniors Day, Oct. 1:

On National Seniors Day, the Government of New Brunswick encourages everyone to take a moment to recognize the important contributions seniors have made to this wonderful province and to our great country.

As New Brunswick’s minister of seniors and long-term care, I am honoured to not only interact with seniors daily, but also to work on their behalf to ensure that they are healthy and happy and that they continue to play an important role in society.

National Seniors Day, which also falls on International Day of Older Persons, shines a spotlight on the numerous contributions seniors have made and continue to make to their communities.

It is also a time to think about how to end age discrimination and to work together for truly inclusive societies where everyone is warmly welcomed and thrive.

New Brunswick is blessed to have so many dedicated senior citizens. Today and every day, please take a moment to say thank you to a senior in your community. Recognition of grandparents, an elderly neighbour or someone you meet on the street takes so little time but means so very much.

Your government has made fostering healthy aging and support for seniors one of the pillars in its New Brunswick Family Plan. We are working daily to ensure seniors have the best aging experience possible.