Parkinson Society Canada’s 2015 Day on the Hill

(L-R) Vanessa Foran, PSC’s Vice President of Public Affairs & National Programs, Hedy Fry, Health Critic for the Liberal Party of Canada, and Yvon Trepanier, Co-Chair, Parkinson Society Canada’s National Advocacy Committee
President and CEO of Parkinson Society Canada, Joyce Gordon, along with other Members of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC) meeting with Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition and Murray Rankin, Health Critic for the New Democratic Party (NDP)
(L-R) Sprague Plato, Member, National, Advocacy Committee, MP Wladyslaw, Lizon (Mississauga East-Cooksville), Stan Marshall, Member, National, Ambassador Network

On March 31st, 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 16 Members of Parliament, Senators and policy makers from all three federal parties, including both opposition Health Critics, representatives of the Minister of State (Seniors), both opposition Seniors Critics and members of the Health, Finance and Veteran Affairs Committees. Click here for the Hill Day photo gallery.

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 Canadians living with Parkinson’s, we are committed to advancing issues impacting our community. Our Hill Day focused on three priority areas:

  1. Eliminating Genetic Discrimination
  2. Making Seniors Care a Priority
  3. Moving Brain Research into Action, including greater support for caregivers

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 Rick Dykstra of St. Catharine’s and Senator Judith Seidman, Member of the Senate Standing Committees on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and Official Languages each made an announcement to celebrate the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Read MP Dykstra’s full statement in the House here and Senator Seidman’s full statement in the Senate here.

Parkinson Society Canada will continue to work with governments at all levels to advocate for policies that benefit people with Parkinson’s. Their members have been putting Parkinson’s on the Map since 1965 and will continue to do so in order to create a better life for those living with Parkinson’s today, and a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow.

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