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2017 update report:
Dr. Sheree Kwong See, a University of Alberta psychology professor was named as the province’s new seniors advocate, ending a wait of more than two years for the government to fill the role. Sheree Kwong See, who has a PhD in experimental psychology with a specialization in aging, will take on the new job starting Sept. 1 for term that runs until the end of 2019.
“I am excited for this great opportunity and am eager to get to work on behalf of Alberta seniors,” Kwong See said in a written statement. The seniors advocate was established in 2014 under the former Progressive Conservative government, but Kwong See’s appointment represents the first time the province has hired someone for the role. As the first full-time advocate, Kwong See will have an opportunity to define the role. Ministerial orders call for the advocate to help seniors navigate the various publicly funded services available to them and provide education on issues affecting seniors, “including matters such as elder abuse, age friendly communities, older workers and ageism.“ The advocate can also request inspections of provincial facilities that cater to seniors and can refer reports of abuse to an investigator, though these powers have been rarely used. The government described Kwong See as expert on the physical, cognitive, and social aspects of aging. Her studies have included research on the impact of ageism as a factor in elder abuse. She was appointed through an open competition for the role. The advocate reports directly to Minister of Seniors and Housing Lori Sigurdson.