Thunder Bay volunteers meet with local MP

August 29, 2023

 (From left) Judith Monteith-Farrel, MP Marcus Powlowski, Lisa Lovis and Wanda Young.

Thunder Bay and Area Branch volunteers organized a meeting with MP Marcus Powlowski to talk about the Association’s advocacy work and the priorities of its members.

Thunder Bay and Area Branch president Lisa Lovis, past-president Wanda Young and branch advocacy liaison Judith Monteith-Farrell met with Marcus Powlowski, member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River and his constituency assistant, Mike Burns, in July.

“The agenda we set was to do an overview of our organization and the scope of our membership in Northwestern Ontario and especially the riding,” says Monteith-Farrell, explaining how the branch prepared for the meeting.

“We then provided the leave behind leaflet and explained our advocacy priorities emphasizing income security for seniors, health and long-term care and dignity in all aspects of life for seniors. We also highlighted some of the shortcomings in availability and quality of seniors’ care, especially in this riding,” continues Monteith-Farrell, explaining how the meeting was conducted.

“We asked to be considered for inclusion in any future visits from the minister of seniors, and also to be considered in discussions with stakeholders when senior’s issues take place within the riding,” says Monteith-Farrell, outlining how the branch plans to continue their advocacy work following this meeting.

This is the first Reach 338 meeting for the new Thunder Bay and Area Branch advocacy team.