Jan. 7, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following feature article was released today by the Department of Social Development.
BATHURST (CNB) - Flo Roussy loves her province and her community so much that she has dedicated 60 years of her life to volunteer service. Much of her work for the past 15 years has involved her appointment as a senior goodwill ambassador for the province.
"Being an ambassador is a great opportunity," Roussy said. "You meet so many people and you get lots of invitations to say good things about New Brunswick. I can talk about the province in the past and the province we know today. I stay involved in the community, connect with youth, and reach out to other seniors who may need my help."
Roussy, 91, is a lifelong resident of Bathurst. She is retired, but her work is never done. She canvasses for the Royal Canadian Legion poppy campaign, delivers groceries to seniors, helps organize summer festivals, promotes local tourism, attends parades, visits seniors in nursing homes, organizes community suppers, collects clothes for the needy, knits socks for seniors or mittens for children, and visits local schools to speak about her youth. A member of the Golden Age Club, she is also a trained resource person on senior caregiving, and speaks publicly about seniors issues.
"Anyone who needs help knows they are free to call me," Roussy said. "I like to help everyone I can, whether it means opening my home for a meeting or my heart to people in need."
"Mrs. Roussy's longstanding volunteer service is an example of how New Brunswickers care about each other and how seniors remain active and continue to contribute to our province," said Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny, who is also minister responsible for the community non-profit organizations secretariat. "She is an icon in the Bathurst area, and an outstanding resident of our province. I can't think of a more deserving person for the title of senior goodwill ambassador for New Brunswick."
In recognition of her dedicated volunteer service, a community room has been named in Roussy's honour at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst.
The role of New Brunswick's senior goodwill ambassadors is to promote the positive aspects and potential of New Brunswick in their own county of residence and beyond. The program was established in 1991 to engage seniors in building the province's image, both at home and abroad. Volunteers are appointed for two years, with the possibility of reappointment after that time.
Ambassadors receive promotional materials and training for their position, but are expected to manage their own time and activities. They receive reimbursement for approved out-of-pocket expenses. There are currently about 30 senior goodwill ambassadors around the province.
New senior goodwill ambassador appointments will be made in the spring of 2009.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, seniors services, Social Development, 506-444-3522.