The Coalition for Nursing Home Residents’ Rights was officially established in March 14, 2004. This followed an initial meeting held in February to determine whether forming a Coalition would meet the needs of individuals and/or groups to effect change in nursing home policies to stop the practice of seizing assets to pay for nursing home daily fees.
In August 2003 three women from the Greater Moncton area, Elizabeth Martin, Bonnie Hayward, and Rachel Bourgeois, accompanied MLA Mike Murphy to the NB Legislature to press upon the government to make the change.
Many letters to the editor were written by various individuals including Elizabeth Martin, Rachel Bourgeois, Bonnie Hayward, Veronica Ratchford, Sandra McNeilly, Wayne Harrigan and Cecile Cassista calling upon the government to address the injustice of nursing care daily fees policy.
A teleconference called between Esmonde Barry, David Owen, Fred Roussel and others led to a meeting on February 14, 2004, in Fredericton. David Owen was instrumental in bringing the Moncton delegation together since he was the leader of the Action Committee in the Greater Moncton area. The Coalition grew quickly and soon represented more than fifty seniors’ groups and over 100,000 New Brunswickers. All participants for this non-partisan organization are volunteers; there has never been government funding for their work. The group worked tirelessly and they accomplished success in 2006.
The Coalition work continues to effect policy change for the aging population.
Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Working Group - Founders of the Coalition
Organizing meetings February 14, 2004 and March 14, 2004 (Fredericton)
Arséne Melanson Gloria Mclvleen Pat Hay
Aurele Ferlatte Ian Grant Paul Yung
Barb Harrigan Ivan Court Reg MacDonald
Bev Cook Jean Driscoll Richard Anderson
Bill Farren John Brander Ron Melvin
Bruce Benton Kathleen Cruttenden Roxie Whitman
Cecile Cassista Leo Cassista Sandra McNeilly
Chet Randall Leo Doucet Sheila Owen
David Aird Leona Gallant Veronica Ratchford
David Owen Loretta Naisse Wayne Harrigan
Dennis Driscoll Madeline Gaudet Wendell Fulton
Dr. Gordon Higgins Mavis Hurley
Eileen Malone Mike Brown
Elizabeth Martin Maureen Barry
Esmonde Barry Pat Goobie
Frank Jefferies Philip Fran
Fred Roussel Patricia Melanson
When the Coalition was first formed it was known as
“Coalition for Nursing Home Rights” “Standing Up for You”
· It later changed its name to include Coalition for Nursing Home Residents’ Rights and later incorporated ” Seniors”
· It now retains the name “Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents” Rights”
“Standing Up for You”
· Seven (7) board members were elected March 14, 2004.
· In 2005, with increasing interest, the Coalition invited supporting organizations to appoint a representative which expanded the board to its current number of 14 volunteers.