CALTC Welcomes new Minister of State for Seniors

Al Jina - Jason Kenney - Alice Wong
New Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong (right) with BC Care Providers Association Board Member Al Jina and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (centre).

The Canadian Alliance of Long Term Care today welcomed Prime Minister Stephen Harper's appointment of Hon. Alice Wong as new Minister of State (Seniors). Minister Wong is also Member of Parliament for Richmond, British Columbia. BC Care Providers Association CEO Ed Helfrich said, Minister Wong has been very responsive to seniors care issues in the past and we look forward to working with her in the future on the challenges we face with the aging of our society."

Minister Wong moved to Canada from Hong Kong in 1980. Before being elected as MP for Richmond in 2008, she was an ESL teacher at Vancouver Community College and obtained her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1993. Alice Wong joined Kwantlen University College in 1998 and became the Manager of International Programs until October 2006. She started the Centre for Small Business at Vancouver Community College and served on many different boards including: the Rosewood Manor in Richmond and Benevolent Relief Seniors Care Society.

Since being elected as a MP in 2008, she has served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and as a member of three standing committees in the House of Commons including Citizenship and Immigration, Human Resources and Skills Development and Status of Women.

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