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Seniors Action Quebec will jazz it up at fundraising concert

A concert at Oscar Peterson Hall September 27 will benefit Seniors Action Quebec, an organization that supports anglo seniors across Quebec.

The main attraction will be jazz pianist Oliver Jones. Other entertainers include singer/musician Greg Halpin, Bernadette Short Irish Dancers, singer Carol McCormick, singer/musicians Lisa and Christine Forget and singer Skipper Dean, emceed by comedian and CJAD Comedy Show host Joey Elias.

Seniors Action Quebec was formed in 2012 in response to a brief presented to the minister of families and seniors.

“Issues we’re concerned about include adequate and accessible housing, whether it be subsidized, supported, long- or short-term, public and private,” president Ruth Pelletier says. “The problem is that a lot of our seniors’ adult children have left the province. Their friends and network already aged, sick or passed on. They have no advocates, no support and really need help.”

Seniors Action helps identify what seniors need in different parts of the province and to make information on services available to them in their own language, especially important to the pockets of English seniors living in such francophone areas as the Gaspé and Outaouais regions, who are socially isolated.

The group has organized a conference on Bill 52 and end-of-life choices, acted as a focus group in a fraud prevention initiative, put on a play on elder abuse using senior volunteer actors and held a conference on housing in partnership with the CMHC.

The organization welcomes new members and volunteers to help with such tasks as writing, communications, technology and to serve on various committees.

The Seniors Action Quebec Fundraising Concert is Sunday, September 27, at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke W. A Conference on Arthritis follows, Saturday, November 14, at the Côte St. Luc Aquatic and Community Center, 5794 Parkhaven. Info and tickets: 438-386-1944, seniorsactionquebec.ca.

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