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Dunlop, Stanton host A Day for Seniors

Annual event provides Simcoe North seniors with information about local services

Simcoe North’s new MPP helped carry on a local tradition Friday.

Jill Dunlop joined MP Bruce Stanton to put on A Day for Seniors at ODAS Park.

The event has been happening every year, except 2015, since 2001.

“Seniors are role models for all of us and they help make our society a better place to live in,” Dunlop told the crowd.

Various community groups and organizations had information booths set up, and those in attendance also heard from guest speakers, including Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital president and CEO Carmine Stumpo.

“It’s important to bring different services to one venue,” Dunlop said. “A lot of times, people don’t realize all the different organizations there are out there.”

Seniors make up a large portion of Simcoe North residents, and Dunlop said she often hears from them about issues and concerns, including long-term care. She noted the government has committed to adding 6,000 long-term-care beds in the province.

Making sure there are enough beds and enough staff to look after those who occupy them “will be a priority moving forward,” Dunlop said.