A committed volunteer and activist, Flora Dell has long worked to improve the health of older Canadians.
Flora Dell holds a master's certification in second language teaching from Universite Laval and is certified in Gerontology by the University of St. Thomas. She served with the departments of education in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as a specialist in second language teaching. She developed and introduced courses in French as a second language in the school system and a pre-school program in both provinces.
Ms. Dell joined the New Brunswick government as a consultant for special populations from 1979 to 1994, collaborating with the federal Department of Health on working committees relating to special populations. She was involved with the effective merger and policy development of three national organizations evolving as the Active Living Coalition of Older Adults (ALCOA).
Ms. Dell fostered the development of ALCOA and served as vice-chair and on the executive. She is the past chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Knowledge Exchange Task Force and sat on the executive of the Canadian Centre of Activity and Aging at the University of Western Ontario. She is a founding member of Osteoporosis New Brunswick.
Working with special groups and assisting them to become strong, effective and functional is Ms. Dell's passion. This work led to her serving as executive member for organizations including Osteoporosis Canada's National Board, the Frosst Healthcare Foundation, and the President's Committee on Gerontology at St. Thomas University.
Ms. Dell is also the first woman to serve as councillor for the town of Riverview, New Brunswick. She has received the Order of Canada, the Order of New Brunswick, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Laval University Centennial Award, the Osteoporosis Canada Builder Award and the Frosst Healthcare Foundation Citation Award.
In addition to these outstanding accomplishments, Ms. Dell has designed programs to teach seniors to deliver exercise classes in their communities, and forged partnerships among experts, hospitals and associations to provide improved health care services for seniors. She continues to inspire Canadians of all ages to embrace an active lifestyle.