Letters to the Editor

Advocate should listened more closely to seniors

Editor:

Recently the seniors in Richmond were invited to a meeting with Isobel McKenzie, the new senior’s advocate for British Columbia.

The notice said that she wanted to hear the concerns that seniors have.

The room was full of seniors—all of us so glad that we could voice our needs to someone who could then speak on our behalf.

Ms. McKenzie spoke for several minutes, telling us of her background and then she asked for questions. Hands went up, and with each question, Ms. McKenzie launched into long stories of her own friends, relatives, acquaintances. She is a good story-teller, but she came to hear our concerns and needs—not to take up all the time to tell her own stories.

The meeting was to finish at 3:30. We stayed till 4 but so many, many people did not have the opportunity to express their needs because most of the time had been taken by Ms. McKenzie wanting to tell her stories.

She was hired to be our advocate. We are paying her salary, and the salary of her staff. But she seems to think she doesn't need our input. Her visit was just for her own performance!

Eleanor Hamilton

Richmond

 

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