Tuesday, 1 October 2013

National Seniors Day recognized in CSL

Along with Mayor Anthony Housefather, Councillor Ruth Kovac and Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, I participated in a noontime flag-raising  ceremony at Côte Saint-Luc`s Veteran`s Park presented by the Canadan Association of Retired Persons (CARP) Montreal Metro West Chapter 37.
This is the first time I remember us  celebrating Canada's National Seniors Day and the United Nations International Day of Aging Persons. This same event took place in 44 communities from St-John's to Victoria across Canada. A big thanks to CARP president Marcus Tabachnick for thinking of us and sending his chapter vice-chairman Lee Royko to preside over the ceremony.
Mayor Housefather, Cotler and our CSL Senior Men`s Club president Sidney Margles addressed those in attendance. It was a small crowd, but I see this type of event growing in future years. We need to include students who can better understand the vibrancy of our seniors.

Here I am (far left) with Lee Royko and Lenny Miller from CARP,
Sidney Margles, Mayor Housefather, Irwin Cotler and Councillor Kovac.

Cotler, who was accompanied by his reliable chief of staff Howard Liebman recognized that he himself is a senior  and recalled how he felt when he turned 65 just less than a decade ago.
Margles  thanked D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman, who has been a great supporter of the Men's Club. Bergman was in Quebec City.
Royko introduced  a new term to me: zoomers. That is what he calls Canadian seniors. Good for me to know as I approach my 51st birthday.

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