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Ontario, November 14, 2022 - The Réseau de prévention de la maltraitance des aîné.e.s francophones de l’Ontario (RPMAFO) held its first constitutive general meeting on November 8, 2022. 

This general meeting is the culmination of a development process that began more than a year ago and in which the Fédération des aîné.e.s et retraité.e.s francophones de l’Ontario (FARFO) and the Elder Abuse Prevention of Ontario (EAPO) partnered to create this francophone abuse prevention network.

The first president of the RPMAFO is Ms. Denise Lemire from the Ottawa region, who is involved in several organizations dealing with seniors at the local, provincial and national levels. The assembly also approved the logo, the terms of reference which establishes the mission, the vision and the main objectives. In addition to the president, two other representatives of organizations will make up the initial executive committee: Sylvie Gravel of Maison Interlude House, Jocellyn Pierre of the Organisation Horizons Jeunesse Démunie (Cornwall). Other representatives will be added to the executive committee in the coming weeks. 

“Ms. Lemire said she was honoured by the confidence shown by the members and, with the participation of the organizations and individuals who have already joined the Network and those who will be added throughout the province. She is also confident that this network will have a positive impact through awareness, training and the achievement of results in the prevention of elder abuse in all its forms.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “ elder abuse as "a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate intervention, in a relationship of trust that results in injury or emotional distress to the older person who is the victim.” 

The next steps will focus on the development of an action plan and the continued development of the Francophone RPMAFO network across the province. Priority will also be given to providing concrete training and education services, which will be developed or already available in French with our partner EAPO. 

The RPMAFO will therefore be supported by both partners, EAPO with its training and education tools, and FARFO for its continued support to the coordination and development of the Francophone Network.

For more information, please contact:
Denise Lemire, President 

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