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By Rasha Ashraf, Newcomer Women's Servicesnewcomer womens services

 

Newcomer Women’s Services is a nonprofit organization that provides services to recently arrived immigrant women, in areas such as employment, settlement, English language development and others. Our service population is diverse, which means our students reflect a myriad of cultures and ages. We have a substantial senior population and it is important for us to advocate the challenges that they face in life, especially in a new country.

Elders are vital members of our society, as they are an anchor from which the younger generation can learn and grow. Their experiences hold a wealth of information and they are a direct connection to our culture and heritage. But we often lose sight of their value and subjugate them to a life of neglect and loneliness.  

Too often when we speak of issues such as neglect and abuse, we take on a passive role and simply say “that’s awful” or “it is so unfortunate”. The most common response is to graze over the issue, never fully internalizing the reality of the problem. This video does not just highlight the issue but it puts real faces to it. These are real people. The visual aspect creates a powerful connection to these elders and helps us take their message to heart. There were, of course, challenges in making this video. From project management to transcending language barriers and helping our participants understand the concept of the video and get comfortable in front of the camera. However, the success of this video is evident on their faces, as we highlight what our seniors want to see and receive from the wider community. Featuring younger members in the video also reiterates our message: to change our perception of elders and to really make a difference, we need the support of our youngest generations. We have had an amazing response online as our video has close to 2,000 views on YouTube.

Our video seeks to raise awareness in the community and beyond by starting a vital conversation about the lives of our seniors. Join us today, so that together, we can stand up for elder rights and make it a just world for all seniors.


 

Related resource: Check out Newcomer Women's Services' Promising Project: Under the Mango Tree

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CNPEA would like to thanks its members for attending the Network’s 2016 AGM and voting in a new slate of officers. 
Congratulations to our newly elected members: Sherry Baker, Leah Cohen, Susan Crichton,Andrew Elinesky, Jennifer Gurke, Kelly Heisz, Barb Hood, Kathy Majowski, Sharon McKenzie, Par Power, Raeann Rideout and Jocelyn Yerxa.  (To know more about our Board members, check out Who We Are)

CNPEA would also like to thank its outgoing Board members  - Olive Bryanton, Elliot PausJenssen, Elizabeth Podnieks, and Terry Rideout - for their tireless commitment to supporting the Network's growth and development as a national organization.

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The CNPEA Board of Directors would particularly like to recognize Dr.Elizabeth Podnieks, who is stepping down from the Board this year, after 18 years of dedication and leadership to the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.  In recognition of Elizabeth’s outstanding work for CNPEA and the fight against elder abuse, the Board of directors has elected Elizabeth Podnieks as Honorary Board Member of the Network.

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The BC centre for Elder Advocacy and Support just launched a new series of workshop to assist older adults (50 years old and up) who are new to Canada and living in Metro Vancouver. bcceas

These workshops are meant to help older adults

  • Meet regularly with other older adults in a safe and supportive environment
  • Learn about community resources
  • Increase awareness around issues of mistreatment of older adults
  • Empower themselves and others  

    (from http://bcceas.ca/)

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The BC Association of Community Response Networks just released a  video about their WEAAD 2016 activities in Vancouver, B.C., and the crucial role of Community Response Networks in enhancing awareness and prevention of Elder Abuse.  

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">BC CRN Promo WEAAD 2016-HD from Barb Kirby on Vimeo)


Do you have WEAAD-related news to share? Photos of WEAAD 2016 or plans for WEAAD 2017?
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NOTICE:
Join us for our Annual General Meeting 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

10 am -12:00 am (Pacific Time) / 1 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern time) 
Register today

You will receive an email with the connection information to the AGM once you have registered

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Documents for the AGM:
Annual report
Audited financial statement
Candidates' biographies
Report on the Knowledge-Sharing Project

On September 22nd, join us to elect new Board members and hear about the Network's latest activities.

The election and AGM will be followed by a webinar on
Collective Impact, Community Engagement and Collaborative Leadership
presented by Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute


Make sure to register for the AGM at the link above.
You will receive the connection information once your registration is completed.  
See the Annual General Meeting's Agenda here

 

ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS

All members of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse are entitled to vote on a slate of candidates for available Director positions. 

Members who are unable to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the CNPEA in person are entitled to complete a ballot prior to the meeting as an absentee ballot. Members understand that by submitting this ballot they will be considered to be present at the AGM for the purpose of electing the following Slate of Nominees as Board members.  

Given the number of applicants selected to fill the vacant positions, the CNPEA membership will vote on the Slate of Candidates as a whole. 


Please find below the Slate of Nominees:

NEW APPLICANTS
Andrew Elinesky, ON    
Andrew is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer    with public company experience and broad-based corporate and commercial knowledge. This experience has made Andrew an active leader in establishing long-term strategies and the execution of supporting initiatives. He is a trusted project manager in both international and domestic settings, with an interest in governance. Andrew is looking for a meaningful opportunity to increase his involvement in the community at large and to support an organization whose values align with his own. Andrew is a strong believer in advancing the rights and wellness of all, particularly older adults, He is hoping to take on a role that will allow him to connect people and organizations and to share CNPEA’s activities with various networks.

Jennifer Gurke, SK 
Jennifer is a Social Worker within the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Program for the Saskatoon Health Region. Jennifer is also participating in the Saskatchewan Older Adult Abuse Task Force. Jennifer has a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Leadership in Human Service Organizations. From 2011 to 2013 she was the Elder Abuse Response Model Coordinator at the Kerby centre, where she planned the delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the missions of Kerby Centre, the Calgary Family Services and the Calgary Police Service; she also developed and coordinated shared elder abuse protocols for the multidisciplinary Elder Abuse Response Team, among other duties.

Barb Hood, NWT
Barb Hood is currently the Executive Director, NWT Seniors’ Society, holding this position since 1999. Barb has a Gerontology Certificate from Mount Royal University and a Business Management Certificate from Aurora College. Barb’s background is in Business Management and has worked as Executive Director, Executive Secretary and Director of programs for a number of organizations including Northern Addiction Services, Inuvik Regional Hospital, YWCA Yellowknife, and Canadian Mental Health Association/NWT Division. Barb worked in the communities of the NWT for over 30 years and has training in board development and leadership, program development, workshop facilitation, proposal writing, and community development. Barb cares passionately for
 social justice issues and sits on many committees and is involved with many agencies in the NWT. Barb is presently appointed to the Research Ethics Review Committee, Aurora Research Institute and is a Board Member of the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults. As part of her work at NWT Seniors’ Society, Barb has made many presentations on the work to prevent abuse of older adults in the NWT at national, regional and local conferences and workshops and was instrumental in ensuring protection for older adults was included in the first Protection Against Family Violence Legislation of the NWT enacted in 2005.

Kathy Majowski, MB
Kathy is a degree-prepared Nurse, with experience as an educator and in curriculum development/delivery. She provides direct nursing care in a long-term care setting, working collaboratively with members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. In her 13 years of working in the health care system, Kathy has had the opportunity to work in different specialties and facilities, understanding client needs in acute, long-term, and community settings. Her work in education helped her develop skills in policy/procedure development.


CURRENT CNPEA BOARD MEMBERS APPLYING FOR RE-ELECTION

Sherry Baker, BC
Sherry Baker has been the Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks since July 2010. Over the years she was actively involved with a number of key organizations in British Columbia that focus on abuse, safety or justice matters. (Ishtar Transition Housing Society and Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services; BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support and South Fraser Family Court and Youth Justice Committee; Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women). Sherry has been part of and chaired several provincial, regional and local boards over the years, including the Board of Registration for Social Workers and the College of Occupational Therapists of BC.

Leah Cohen, ONT
As an experienced policy analyst, Leah Cohen worked with the Ontario Provincial Government for over 18 years specializing in seniors’ issues. Her portfolio included all major issues facing an aging population with a particular focus and personal interest in the area of abuse and neglect of older adults. As a key member of a specifically appointed team Leah was recruited to work on the development of Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse. She went on to play a role in its implementation. After retiring from the Ontario Public Service, Leah has actively applied her extensive knowledge and experience to work in the area of abuse and neglect of older adults in the local, national and international arenas as well as in the field of knowledge transmission. Leah was regional coordinator for the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE) Elder Abuse theme team in Toronto.

Susan Crichton, MB
Susan Crichton is the Elder Abuse Consultant with the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat.  Since 2001, she has led the provincial Elder Abuse Strategy which includes: policy development; providing education and training to various groups; promoting awareness of elder abuse; leading community development activities throughout Manitoba; and managing service purchase agreements with community partners. From 2008 to 2011, Susan was on an interchange with the Public Health Agency of Canada leading the public health component of the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative. This provided an opportunity to work with key experts and organizations across Canada on elder abuse awareness and prevention activities. 

Kelly Heisz, NFL
Kelly is the Executive Director of the Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.She is a Graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Her career for the past 25 years has been concentrated in the non-profit sector, focusing on community engagement and capacity building that affect change at the grass-roots level regarding quality of life and well-being for all citizens. The Seniors Resource Centre has been a lead organization in working on issues impacting seniors, utilizing hundreds of volunteers, all levels of community partners to do this. The Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is one of the crowning achievements of the organization. 

Sharon Mackenzie, BC
Sharon (BA, MEd) is the founder and Executive Director of i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada, national hub for intergenerational resources and support. She was a teacher K-University for 35 years. For a decade, Sharon developed and field tested a highly successful Intergenerational Immersion model in BC, The Meadows School Project. This project, unique in the world, respectfully shifted ageist attitudes in both older and younger generations, improving health in the process. In 2010 Sharon launched Intergenerational Day Canada June 1 to bring attention to the health benefits of respectfully connecting generations. Provinces, Territories, towns, cities, and the Toronto School Board have now proclaimed this a day of intergenerational celebration.  Sharon is a well- recognized national resource person in the field of intergenerational relations (developing community/long term prevention of senior mistreatment), an Intergenerational and Educational Consultant, speaker and workshop lead: communities, care homes, community health care, educational organizations, service groups, First Nations, parks, government, seniors’ organizations.

Pat Power, AB
Pat is a member of the Edmonton Seniors Protection Partnership (formerly the Elder Abuse Intervention Team), working as Community Development Social Worker. He is involved in ongoing assessment of gaps in Elder Abuse Services and education and training of students in various College and University faculties and Professionals working with older adults in the community. He also has been an active member of the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network for 5 years. A highlight of this role was planning and implementation of Alberta’s first Provincial Elder Abuse conference in 2011 and was on the planning committee for the 2015 Provincial conference. Pat is a registered Social Worker and has completed a Gerontology program from University of Alberta. Pat is working on the development of Neighbours, Friends and Families projects in Edmonton as part of the national pan-Canadian initiative.

Raeann Rideout, ON
Raeann is the Central East, Regional Elder Abuse Consultant for the Elder Abuse Ontario. Raeann has worked in the field of elder abuse for 18 years. In her current position, she provides front-line training and public education, assists in the planning of community events/projects, strengthening community partnerships and collaborates with local, provincial and national stakeholders to enhance the response to mistreatment of older adults. Raeann consults with seniors, families, and agencies on senior abuse cases. She has also worked for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba as an Education Prevention Consultant and as a Consultant for the Manitoba Seniors Directorate. She was the Project Coordinator for the Kingston & Frontenac Elder Abuse Task Force. She is a past Board Director of the Ontario Gerontology Association.

Jocelyn Yerxa, NS
Jocelyn is the Acting Director of Programs and Community Development Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors. The work of the Programs division focuses on using a community development and population health approach to building community capacity to meet the changing needs of an aging population; including awareness, prevention, and intervention of senior abuse.She is the Co-chair of the Nova Scotia Network for the Prevention of Senior Abuse which is a collaboration between government, community, and academia to address the issue of senior abuse in Nova Scotia. She manages the Senior Safety Grant: a joint initiative between the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors and Justice to support existing and new Seniors' Safety Programs in Nova Scotia, which are an invaluable resource to seniors and their families. She has also been leading some very exciting work in Nova Scotia to build a restorative approach to senior safety.  This includes the use of restorative practices in cases of senior abuse and family conflict.  The work in a collaborative effort between the government, community, academia, police, and local seniors. Prior to coming to the Department of Seniors, Jocelyn had extensive experience working in the non‐profit sector as a community educator and facilitator.

 

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