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WEAAD 2018 is nearly here! What are you planning for June 15?

Marches, BBQs, yoga in a park, official proclamations or planting ceremonies, you can observe WEAAD and celebrate older adults in many ways!

Here are a few websites that offer exciting promotional materials, great tips, and useful customizable templates! Use and share freely!

BCCRN DESIGNS A WEAAD FLAG

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The BC Association of Community Response Networks has designed a beautiful WEAAD flag which will be flying over Vancouver City Hall on June 15.  BCCRN chose to make this flag available to anyone who wishes to display their support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 

The flag is complimentary for Community Response Networks across the province of British Columbia. Just fill out this order form and send it back directly to BCCRN. 

For anyone else interested in ordering the WEAAD flag, contact the Flag Shop  and place your order here.

WEAAD MANITOBA

Proclamation templates, balloons, stickers and logos, you can find all of this and more on the WEAAD Manitoba website.

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Elder Abuse Ontario 

This year, for their campaign ''Grow the Conversation'', EAO is selling packages of plantable paper ribbons, containing wildflower seeds.
Plant the seeds of change! See their WEAAD Materials.


The National Center on Elder Abuse

Check out NCEA's WEAAD Tools and Tips for logos, fact sheets, social media banners and customizable templates to make your planning easier.

Do you have WEAAD-ready resources you want to share? Let us know about them!

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On May 16, 2018, Executive Director of the BC Associations of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) and long-term CNPEA Board member, Sherry Baker, became the 2018 recipient of the Simon Fraser University Abuse Awareness to Action Award. 

Sherry was recognized during a public event and lecture on the first night of the annual John K. Friesen Conference, organized by the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre. CNPEA's board and staff were thrilled to nominate Sherry; all of us at CNPEA wished to see Sherry be honoured for her indefatigable work in elder abuse prevention. 

Sherry Baker has been the Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks since July 2010. Over the years she has been actively involved with a number of key organizations in British Columbia that focus on abuse, safety or justice matters such as Ishtar Transition Housing Society, the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy (now Seniors First) and the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women. Sherry has been part of and chaired several provincial, regional and local boards over the years, including the Council to Reduce Elder Abuse, the Board of Registration for Social Workers and the College of Occupational Therapists of BC. She was awarded the Canada 125 Medal "in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada," has been awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships by Rotary International and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

 img 4866Sherry's tireless dedication and passion and her profound commitment to BCCRN, to CNPEA, and to the safety and well-being of older adults have changed things for the better in countless communities around British Columbia. We are so proud to see Sherry receive this award. It is the well-deserved recognition of a career dedicated to eradicating elder abuse and strengthening communities across the province and across Canada.

 

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Sherry Baker and Dr. Gloria Gutman (SFU Gerontology); Sherry Baker and CCEL National Director Krista James 
(Credit: T. James)

 

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June 1st is Intergenerational Day Canada (also know as IG Day). The day was born in 2010, out of the momentum of WEAAD. Since 2010, twelve provinces and territories and over 100 Canadian cities have officially recognized this day. IG Day is an opportunity to make a focused statement about the value of intergenerational connections. It is meant to remind us all of the importance of respectful connecting between generations to help break through social isolation, build resiliency, community safety and greater understanding across age groups, all of which are also key to preventing elder abuse.   

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  • Do you have someone to call on for support when you need it, or listen to you when you need
    to talk?
  • Are you able to participate regularly in activities?
  • Do you feel valued by—and connected to—family, friends and neighbours?

If your answer was, “No,” you are at risk of being isolated.

Social isolation can put seniors at greater risk of death than factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. It can also make them vulnerable to elder abuse. 

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By Jennifer Nguyen

My name is Jennifer, and I am a first-year law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. During this past school year I had the wonderful opportunity of working with the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse through Pro Bono Students Canada.

My work partly pertained to the CNPEA projectAccess to Justice for Older Victims of Sexual Assault.” This was the first year of a three-year project to gather and curate a set of materials and resources to the CNPEA Hub on issues about sexual assault of older adults. I am extremely grateful to have been able to work on the project in its starting year.

 

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