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We received some great pictures of your WEAAD celebrations across Canada!
From Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, thank you to all organizers and participants who marked the occasion and raised awareness of Elder Abuse in their communities!

  • Government House glows purple on June 15, 2018 (St John's, Newfoundland)
  • BC Place glows purple in support of WEAAD 2018
  • Science World Vancouver showed their support by lighting the dome purple on June 15
  • Rochella Vassell (Elder Abuse Ontario) during an It's Not Right - NFF presentation
  • Kippens, NL - Silverwood Manor residents celebrated by crafting WEAAD acitivity bags (June12, 2018)
  • WEAAD supporters painted their pinkies purple for the occasion! (Fort McMurray, Alberta)
  • Paint your pinky purple! (Fort McMurray, AB)
  • Fort Mc Murray, Alberta
  • Canada Place's sails were purple in Vancouver
  • Planting the seeds of change with EAO at Del Gold Seniors Housing in Delhi, Ontario
  • Never too young to raise awareness - Algonquin School, Elgin, Ont.
  • Three flags over Victoria
  • The Courtenay CRN WEAAD table (BC)
  • The BCCRN WEAAD flag flies in front of the BC Parliament Building
  • Burnaby Deer Lake Park - The Chinese CRN celebrates WEAAD in style

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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!

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Sherry Baker (BCCRN) and Gloria Gutman (SFU Gerontology)Vancouver, BC -

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.


Photos:2018 - Friesen Conference
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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