Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

September 24, 2007 16:46 ET

HRSDC: Appointments to the National Seniors Council

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - The Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, announced today the appointment of three new members to the National Seniors Council.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Mary Patricia Humenny, Mr. Doo Ho Shin and Mr. Edward Wade as new members of the National Seniors Council," said Minister Solberg. "I am very proud that we are continuing to deliver on this important commitment for older Canadians."

Mrs. Humenny has extensive training and experience in human resources supervision, teaching and planning as well as in public relations, financial accounting and nursing. She has acquired her experience working for various organizations, allowing her to be involved with seniors on many levels. In 1983, Mrs. Humenny was honoured as Citizen of the Year in Thompson, Manitoba. Furthermore, in 2005, she received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, a symbol of her significant contributions to society and outstanding achievements.

Mr. Shin has pursued a career as a pathologist since 1975. He completed a medical internship at Memorial University, followed by residencies in pathology at both Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. Mr. Shin also gained experience in various positions related to the pathology field, such as instructor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine and consultant at the BC Cancer Agency. Amongst his qualifications, Mr. Shin is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in general and anatomical pathology and president of many councils and associations, such as the Korean Canadian Education and Culture Society of Greater Vancouver.

Mr. Wade has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, educator and administrator skilled in board governance and community literacy development. He has held various positions serving the Newfoundland and Labrador community, including principal and vice-principal at the elementary level and educator and coordinator in literacy development as well as community involvement and development. Mr. Wade holds two Bachelor degrees and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is also an active volunteer and member of numerous organizations and councils.

Members appointed to the National Seniors Council represent the voices of seniors and experts. They work to serve the needs and interests of Canada's seniors, focussing on issues such as health care, financial and social well-being, and overall quality of life of Canada's senior population.

The Council was established to advise the Government of Canada on issues of national importance to seniors. The National Seniors Council may be comprised of a maximum of 12 members, including the Chair. Members can serve a term of up to three years.

For more information on the Council, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of the Secretary of State (Seniors)
    Mr. James Maunder