2014 Lobby Day on Parliament Hill

Joyce Gordon, President & CEO, and Bev Crandell, Vice President of Strategy, Development & Member Relations with Senator Judith G. Seidman

(L-R) Jean-Pascal Souque, Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors, Joyce Barretto, Chair of the National Advocacy Committee, Vanessa Foran, Vice President of Public Affairs & National Programs, Bruce Ireland, Chair of the National Board of Directors, and Tim Barretto-Burns, Parkinson’s Ambassador after Question Period

Tim Barretto-Burns, Parkinson’s Amabassador, Joyce Barretto, Chair of the National Advocacy Committee, and Caphan Lieu, Coordinator of Public Affairs & National Programs with MP Wladyslaw Lizon before his statement in the House on Parkinson’s Awareness Month

On April 1st, volunteers and staff representing Parkinson Society Canada were in Ottawa meeting with federal officials to kick off Parkinson’s Awareness Month. In one day, our group met with 21 Members of Parliament and policy makers from all three federal parties, including the Minister of Health’s Office, both opposition Health Critics, the Minister of State (Seniors), both opposition Seniors Critics and members of the Health Committee. To view photos from our lobby day, please visit the following link.

Our lobby day on Parliament Hill was a great success as we identified new champions for Parkinson’s and were able to move key policy areas impacting the Parkinson’s community forward. As the national voice of over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s, we are committed to advancing issues impacting our community. Our lobby day focused on three priority areas:

  1. Support for Caregivers
  2. Genetic Fairness Legislation
  3. Establish a Comprehensive Health-Care Plan to Address the Complex Needs of Seniors

To view our full briefing note with more information on these priority areas, please click here.

In addition to our meetings, the Canadian Parkinson’s community was recognized in both the House of Commons and the Senate. MP Wladyslaw Lizon, a member of the Standing Committee on Health, and Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, the Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, each made an announcement to celebrate the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Read MP Lizon’s full statement in the House here and Senator Ogilvie’s full statement in the Senate here.

A very special thank you to the volunteers and staff from Parkinson Society Eastern Ontario who helped make this day a phenomenal success. We will be building on the positive momentum from our lobby day by continuing to foster relationships with key officials and identifying new opportunities to ensure the Parkinson’s voice is heard at policy tables.

If you have any questions about this initiative or any of our public policy and government relations work, please contact us at advocacy@parkinson.ca.