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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked each year on June 15. It is an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. 

To acknowledge WEAAD's 15th anniversary, CNPEA, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, and  CanAge, Canada’s national seniors advocacy organization,will host a live online debate with leaders and experts to discuss the issue of isolation and neglect of older Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the recent shocking report about Long term care homes.

 American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation provided.

Presented with the support of HelpAge Canada and United Way

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June 15, 2020

1PM - 2.30 PM Eastern Time

cynthiamulliganPanel Moderator:
Cynthia Mulligan, Journalist, CITY-TV's CityNews



 Opening Statements

bryandybwadIndigenous welcome from Brian Dybwad,
Hereditary Chief of the Gitxsan Nation , Fellow - CanAge



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The Honourable Deb Schulte Minister of Seniors  



Special Guests:

epodnieksDr. Elizabeth Podnieks -
Founder of World ElderAbuse Awareness Day &Professor emerita at Ryerson University ’s School of Nursing



gsneddonGregor Sneddon 
Executive Director, HelpAge Canada



ltwLaura Tamblyn Watts
LLB, President & CEO CanAge,
Canada’s National Seniors Advocacy Organization


ssinhaDr. Samir K. Sinha 
Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and the University Health Network 


klaljiKahir Lalji
MA, Provincial Director, Population Health,
United Way Lower Mainland & Executive Director, United Way Southern Interior BC


dgreensponDevora Greenspon
Treasurer, Ontario Association of Residents' Councils
Resident Leader at Bayview Extendicare, Willowdale


dlenderDee Lender 
Executive Director,
Ontario Association of Residents' Councils (OARC)