representing 85 seniors’ organizations throughout the province chose
Lorraine Logan to lead the 107,000 member Council of Senior Citizens’
Organizations of B.C. (COSCO) for the next two years.
previously served as COSCO’s second vice-president, and spoke for the
organization on transportation issues including DriveABLE and accessible
She takes over from Art Kube, a long time leader on issues affecting
“Art is an incredible organizer who has guided the growth of COSCO,
which now represents more BC seniors than ever before,” said Logan.
“He is a key advocate for a civil society where governments plan with
seniors, not for them. His work has demonstrated that seniors have much
to contribute – that we are an asset to society, not a burden. Now that
he has passed the torch of leadership, the new executive of COSCO will
be working hard to live up to his example,” she said.
Logan said there are many issues where the voice of today’s seniors must
“Governments generally have failed to recognize the positive
contributions that seniors can make. British Columbians are living
longer, healthier lives. In some instances, this creates challenges, but
it also creates immense opportunities,” she said.
A key issue that COSCO will be tackling immediately is the defense of
public health care, threatened by the federal government’s refusal to
renegotiate the federal-provincial Health Accord which expires March 31.
“Seniors will be visiting their Members of Parliament to urge them to
improve public health care, and not allow Ottawa to reduce its financial
contribution. We can strengthen health care, and actually save money, by
establishing national Pharmacare and home support programs,” she said.
Other priorities affecting seniors include affordable housing,
accessible transportation services, and the need to improve public
pensions, said Logan.
COSCO is an umbrella organization that brings together 85 different
seniors groups, representing 107,000 women and men, to work on common
issues. COSCO is affiliated with the one million member National
Pensions Federation which promotes these issues at the national level.
major focus of COSCO’s work is promoting good health. To this end, COSCO
volunteers provide a series of free workshops on 38 topics ranging from
falls prevention to health literacy. More than 6,000 seniors have
attended these workshops.
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