We feel great sadness to announce the passing of Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks on February 2, 2024. We mourn the loss of a true international trailblazer in the field of elder abuse prevention. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Podnieks founded Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, as well as our very own organization, CNPEA, and she was a co-founder of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) . She was also the visionary and architect behind World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an official United Nations Day since 2006.

Elizabeth was tireless in her research and advocacy efforts. She was a passionate champion of the rights of older people. Elizabeth inspired and mentored countless academics, not-for-profit leaders, and everyday frontline heroes who are dedicated to ending elder abuse.

Elizabeth was a powerhouse who created the changes she wanted to see in the world, with style and humour. We owe so much to her vision and we will make sure that it lives on in the future. We will honour her memory through our work by promoting the well-being, safety, and inclusion of older people across the world.

We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks.

Elizabeth PODNIEKS Obituary (2024) - Toronto, ON - The Globe and Mail: https://legcy.co/3wqk2wm

in loving memory e. podnieks


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