The Grand Family Council will be meeting with candidates in both the Sudbury and Nickel Belt ridings for the upcoming provincial election.
The council will meet with Sudbury candidates on May 15 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Finlandia Village, and will meet Nickel Belt candidates on May 24. The Tuesday, May 15 meeting will be held at Lepikoti Bldg. Voima Hall A. There will be Sudbury candidates in attendance, along with Family Council members.
The May 24 meeting will be held at The Elizabeth Centre, 2100 Main Street, Val Caron from 7 - 9 p.m.
A moderator will direct the meetings and there will be a question and answer period for all candidates who attend.
The focus of both meetings is long-term care in Greater Sudbury, and the Grand Family Council is looking to their candidates to be fully aware of the crisis that exists in long-term care in the city.
"There are currently seven long-term care facilities within the city of Greater Sudbury. These facilities provide essential health care services to approximately 1,650 residents," said a news release from the Grand Family Council.
"When you factor in the immediate family members and support workers who assist these residents, you have a voter base in excess of 6,500 constituents. Each Long Term Care facility has a Friends and Family Council which advocates for the needs of their residents.
"In order to better express the needs of our LTC residents, the seven existing councils have come together and created the Grand Family Council of the City of Greater Sudbury (GFCCGS). This Council has a strong voice in addressing the needs of our LTC residents and is linked to Family Councils across the province of Ontario."
Through these meetings, the Council is looking to increase awareness of the critical shortage of Personal Support Workers in Sudbury's LTC facilities and its impact on the community as a whole.