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Monday, March 20, 2023
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern
Duration: 1 hr
ASL interpretation available 


March is Fraud Prevention Month. 
The theme for this 19th edition of Fraud Prevention Month is "Tricks of the trade: What's in a fraudster's toolbox?". 

Education and awareness are the strongest line of defense against scams and fraud. Join CNPEA, EAPO and presenters from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for an informative educational event about the latest frauds and scams targeting seniors and how to avoid them. Participants will be introduced to different examples, scams and tactics that older Ontarians are encountering. This event is open to all but will be of particular interest for older people, their families, and professionals who work with older adults.

Detective Constable John Armit of the Economic Crimes and Corruption Unit (ECCU - Ottawa), Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB), and Constables Erin Fraser and Lisa Cruz from the Crime Prevention - Serious Fraud Office, OPP, will share prevention tips to recognize, reject and report fraud and will provide participants will links to additional resources and supports. 



dcst. john armit arb Detective Constable John Armit

Economic Crimes and Corruption Unit (ECCU - Ottawa) Detective Constable | Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB), OPP
Detective Constable John Armit has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for 22 years.  John has worked in general investigative duties, major crime, traffic services and as a Community Service & Media Officer.  In 2015, John began working in his current position with the OPP’s Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB), investigating economic crimes and political corruption.  In May 2021, John began an 18-month secondment with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) as a Detective Sergeant working as a law enforcement Liaison Officer nationally and internationally.


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Constable Lisa Cruz
Crime Prevention, Serious Fraud Office, OPP

Crime Prevention, Serious Fraud Office, OPP
Constables Lisa Cruz and Erin Fraser make up the Crime Prevention team at the Serious Fraud Office.  These officers work to support SFO investigations, assist victims and work with policing, private and public partners in the fight against fraud.  The team strives to educate and empower citizens against fraud and prevent victimization.


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CNPEA, in collaboration with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and  Sheatre, will host a webinar about Mishoo miinwaa Noki ~ You, Me and Wrinkles (aka Wrinkles), a new 12-part elder abuse prevention podcast. Wrinkles is an innovative platform designed to break the silence around elder abuse and difficult situations. It ignites conversations and provides an opportunity for chats about elder abuse to begin, grow and evolve in your own community. Sheatre invites people to not only listen and learn about this important issue, but also to act to protect the safety and well-being of older adults.

Sheatre’s presenters will share their insights and lived experiences from the perspective of Indigenous people. Participants will hear a podcast excerpt from the audio drama that illustrates the domestic abuse and neglect that seniors can face (listener discretion is advised). As well, they’ll hear an excerpt of a post-show discussion.

This overview of Wrinkles’ format will show how integrating community-created drama with a post-show discussion promotes the sharing of essential insights, resources and strategies between elders, community members of all ages, and service providers.

The session will discuss the process of how the community worked together to create this unique program. It will powerfully demonstrate the importance of hearing authentic voices of older adults as they tell true stories of their experiences. You will hear how one story sparks a cascade of knowledge-sharing – and can inspire listeners to bring elder abuse out of the shadows and normalize talking about it. Sheatre’s members will also discuss how you can easily use this program in your community to recognize, prevent abuse and support people in your own area.



joan chandler sheatreJoan Chandler, Artistic Director, Sheatre

Joan Chandler’s unique specialty is community arts for social change — particularly interactive Forum Theatre productions about social issues — and works that celebrate community and the creative spirit. Joan has a keen ability to work with groups, collaboratively spinning new plays with, by and about ordinary people, that tell their own galvanizing stories. She is also an award-winning script writer. Over a decades long career, Joan has produced, directed and co-facilitated the creation of over 115 plays across Ontario and abroad, reaching audiences in rural and small urban environments.


dorothy wassegijig kennedyDorothy Wassegijig-Kennedy 

Dorothy Wassegijig-Kennedy is Anishinaabe kwe of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory of Manitoulin Island. She is a mother of three and Nookmiss to three grandchildren. Dorothy is now semi-retired, having worked in various capacities since she was 19 years old. During this time, she obtained her Language Instructor certification, two university degrees, Psychotherapist certification and Indigenous Art Therapist certification. She worked for the Wikwemikong Health Centre for 25 years as a Community Wellness Worker focusing on the prevention, intervention and healing from family violence. Dorothy also did one-on-one work and facilitated many educational and healing programs over the years. Dorothy worked with many Residential School survivors and learned firsthand what many experienced. From these accounts, she has come to understand the issues that stem from this trauma.

mary ann sackabuckshkumMary Ann Sackabuckshkum

Mary Ann is from a Non-Status Algonquin family originating in the La Verendrye District of the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, bordered by the Ottawa River and Saguenay River watersheds. Hers is a story of triumphing over adversity, growing up with a parent who had not fully overcome their own experiences of family /domestic violence and addictions issues, and then marrying into another family with the same dysfunctions, not once but twice. She approaches Life from a Lifelong-Learning perspective. Her passions are art, archaeology, traditional crafts, drumming, and anything to do with the plants of the natural world.

This year she is 34 years sober from alcohol and attests to the necessity of returning to traditional teachings and lifestyle to maintain balance in Life. She successfully raised 4 children alone as a single parent in a poor neighbourhood of a large city, then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the field of ‘Humanities’ [Magna Cum Laude] followed by a Master’s Degree [Cum Laude]. She worked as a Probation and Parole Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services across the Province of Ontario, spending significant time in remote northern communities and remote rural villages along the road systems, as well as in big cities. Mary Ann has combined all her learning and life experiences into a unique perspective on the issues of poverty and lack, and abuse, throughout life. Mary Ann retired in 2019 and continues to be active in her local Indigenous community.”

david seredadavid sereda

david sereda is a singer, songwriter, composer and producer. He is an  associate artist with Sheatre for over 20 years. .He is a distinctive voice in music and theatre, and has performed in concerts and festivals across the country, recorded albums of his original songs, and written, performed in, and directed musicals in theatres nationwide.With Sheatre he has produced several tours of Far From the Heart (the interactive dating violence prevention play) in Ontario and Saskatchewan and recently the elder abuse prevention podcasts. He was a collaborator with Joan Chandler in creating the original musicals TOM (about visionary artist Tom Thomson) and Snow Wonder (about the magic of winter in Grey Bruce), as well as development of new plays about homophobia, dementia and elder abuse. david lives in Grey County, Ontario, close to Georgian Bay.



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Tuesday May, 16, 2023
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern
ASL interpretation will be provided.



The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)  has been working on a research project to develop a policy framework for working with victims of crime and witnesses who have capability issues.

Strong policies are necessary to support Crown Counsel in prosecuting cases involving elder abuse- but also to support victims of such crimes. It is important that policies also inform police, court and victim service workers in dealing with this population to achieve consistent response and inter-agency cooperation and collaboration when prosecuting a criminal offence involving an adult with capability issues.

Presenter, Megan Vis-Dunbar, CCEL Staff lawyer who is leading this project, will introduce key information from CCEL's upcoming report, including:

  • Comparative research on Crown prosecution policies related to elder abuse, dementia, and adults with capability issues;
  • Recommendations to support BC and federal Crown in developing policies to support best practices in BC.

While this project focuses on Crown Counsel in British Columbia, some of the concepts explored in this webinar will be of interest to residents from other parts of Canada, particularly if they are victim service workers, court staff or police.

More details forthcoming.

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Click here to access the presentation slides


  • An examination of the social and economic impacts of ageism  - Read it here
  • A case study on ageism during the COVID-19 pandemic - Read it here
  • 2021 Global Report on Ageism by World Health Organization - Read it here
  • Testing the Shielding Effect of Intergenerational Contact against Ageism in the Workplace: A Canadian Study  - Read it here

Ageism is a key issue that negatively impacts older adults' mental and physical health as well as their quality of life. This webinar will highlight key findings from two recent research reports on ageism published by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum and prepared by  Dr. Martine Lagacé, Dr. Marcel Mérette, Dr. Julien Navaux and Philippe Rodrigues-Rouleau of the University of Ottawa: An Examination of the Social and Economic Impacts of Ageism and A Case Study on Ageism during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn more about the reports


martinelagace profilepicMartine Lagacé:
Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion & Development at the University of Ottawa / vice-rectrice associée à la promotion et au développement de la recherche en août 2018 pour un mandat de cinq ans

Martine Lagacé was appointed Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion & Development at the University of Ottawa in August 2018 for a five-year term. She is a professor in the Department of Communication and is affiliated with the School of Psychology. Professor Lagacé was Vice-Dean, Governance of the Faculty of Arts from 2014 to 2018, and Director of the Department of Communication from 2011 to 2012. In addition to her administrative experience, she has extensive expertise in journalism, having worked at Radio-Canada for more than 10 years.

Professor Lagacé has contributed greatly to the advancement of knowledge on the psychosocial aspects of aging, particularly as they relate to discrimination based on age. She has led several field surveys in Canada and abroad, with workers as well as older patients to better understand the impact of age-based discrimination. In the francophone community, her academic work on ageism has been groundbreaking. She has edited two books on the topic and regularly publishes articles in academic journals, in both official languages.

Professor Lagacé contributes to several organizations, including the National Seniors Council, the Institut du savoir Montfort, the Bruyère Research Institute and the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. She has also forged several international research collaborations, particularly in France and Italy.


To mark Cyber Security Awareness Month, CNPEA, in collaboration with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, hosted a series of webinars in October focusing on online safety and security. Scroll to learn more about these webinars and watch the recordings:

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Cyber Security and Privacy: Key principles and tools for older adults
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern

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Panel conversation with guests who work to increase digital literacy, safe behaviours online, as well as online privacy and security for older people using technology. ASL interpretation available. Learn more about the event. 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Kara Brisson-Boivin, Ph.D. Sociology (she/her/elle), Director of Research, MediaSmarts
  • Lisa Kearney, Founder and CEO, Women CyberSecurity Society and International Women in Cyber Day
  • Emily Mullins, Knowledge Broker, Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Program - Centre for Studies in Aging and Health
  • Debra Popa, MBA, Executive Director, KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation 

Resources discussed during the webinar: 

Debra Popa, Knowledge Flow

Emily Mullins, Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Program-Centre for Studies in Aging and Health

Lisa Kearney,
 Founder and CEO, Women Cyber Security Society 

Kara Brisson-Boivin, MediaSmarts

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OCTOBER 26 and 27
Online Scams - Security and Privacy
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern
(separate sessions in English and in French)

This webinar will feature Stephanie Senecal, Senior Support Unit Coordinator with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, who will provide older adults and professionals who support them with knowledge on current online crimes and tips on how to stay safe against cyber-fraud.

Webinaire présenté par Stephanie Senecal, coordonnatrice principale de l’unité de soutien au Centre antifraude du Canada. La présentation fournira aux personnes âgées, ainsi qu’aux professionnels qui les soutiennent, des connaissances sur les crimes en ligne actuels et des conseils pour éviter d’être victime de cyberfraude.

October 26 (
English) - Watch the recording here:

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October 27 (français) - Visionner la vidéo: 

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