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Dear Facebook,

We are writing to you as an international, interdisciplinary and collaborative group of social media advocates that are invested in the issue of elder abuse prevention. We call ourselves the “Elder Justice League.” Our mission is to strengthen the elder justice movement by presenting a united front that is dedicated to building awareness of elder abuse across social media platforms.

The Elder Justice League is contacting you because recently we have all received a large number of messages from our growing community of stakeholders, regarding graphic and inappropriate images/ videos that portray elder abuse on your site. Here is just one example: In response to requests to take down the above-mentioned content, your site has claimed it cannot remove these posts because they “do not violate the Facebook Community Standards and Content Policies.” While we understand that your organization seeks to find the right balance between enabling free expression and promoting a safe environment and respectful experience, we were troubled by this response and want to take this opportunity to start the discussion with you about what we feel is an important contribution Facebook can make towards the elder justice movement.

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by Kristen Mercer, Sarah Costa and Jessica Hsieh, University of Toronto.

          This past month, we celebrated both World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), National Aboriginal Day (June 21), and National Aboriginal History month. What a key time to explore the intersection of these two topics! We recently graduated from the Master of Social Work program at the University of Toronto, with a specialization in gerontology. Through this program, we were able to conduct a review of the existing academic literature on the topic of our choice, and decided to focus on Indigenous grandparents raising their grandchildren, as this area has been under-researched up to this point.

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Call for Board Nominations - Deadline September 1, 2016

Are you a committed, passionate person? 

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow your skills and improve the lives of older adults in Canada?

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is looking for YOU!

The CNPEA is looking for new Board Members to join its pan-Canadian Board. We are seeking candidates who are committed to supporting the prevention of elder abuse in Canada and eager to provide leadership to this growing network of elder abuse professionals.

Commitments:The CNPEA Board of Directors oversees the governance and operations of the organization through current and forward-looking planning. 

Board members are expected to:

  • Attend monthly teleconference/web meetings (10 meetings per year, 2hrs each) and the AGM
  • Serve on Committee(s) tasked with specific goals
  • Provide guidance regarding the Network’s mission, strategic plan, programs, policies, operations, and finances.
  • Actively support the sustainability and growth of the CNPEA; interest and involvement in this process are required.


Average Time Commitment: 5-7 hours/month Board members will typically be elected for two-year terms, so a two-year commitment to the organization is recommended.  The CNPEA membership by regular motion may agree to some board position terms to be less than 2 years. 

What we are looking for:

  • Committed and reliable individuals with a passion for elder abuse prevention, a familiarity with seniors’ issues, and a willingness to commit to 5-7 hours a month (through web or teleconference board meetings and email communications).
  • Individuals from jurisdictions across Canada. Our board tries to be representative of its pan-Canadian members, with board members from each jurisdiction.
  • Applicants with a background in (but not limited to) the health and community support sector, nursing, law, victim services, financial sector, knowledge translation and mobilization, research, etc.
  • Applicants who will actively participate and who can contribute skills and knowledge in any of the following areas: Policy & Procedures, Fund Development and Sustainability, Website Design Communications, Marketing.


What’s in it for you?

  • Collaborate with stakeholders from across Canada and network with a growing number of elder abuse professionals.
  • Learn about the dynamic research, programs and services being delivered across Canada toward the intervention and prevention of elder abuse.
  • The opportunity to share your skills as a leader in elder abuse prevention in Canada.
  • Acquire additional experience in governance, leadership, planning, and community engagement through your work with the Board.


PLEASE APPLY BY 12pm (noon) Eastern Time on September 1, 2016, by sending your résuméand this completed application form to 

You will have to download the application form before you start filling it in. This form is also available in Word format)

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The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse was in communication with the Minister’s office about WEAAD and  a statement was issued by Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016:

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Screen Shot 2016 06 21 at 11.56.59 AMOn World Elder Abuse Awareness Day,
Vancouver Police launched their new S.A.F.E. program (Safety Awareness For Elders). The program's aim is to educate seniors, family members, and care providers to recognize the signs of elder abuse and to know where to seek help.
Learn the warning signs, find safety tips to protect yourself and others from the different kinds of abuse, as well as contact information for other organizations where you can find help and referrals here.


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