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Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of seniors, individuals from organizations that serve or represent seniors, service providers, including police, individuals in government, and academics.
The board is nominated from the membership once a year and meets monthly.
As a working board, members serve on one or more special committees.

For any inquiry, contact 

  • the CNPEA Chair: Kathy Majowski
  • the CNPEA Coordinator: Bénédicte Schoepflin


Board of Directors
2018 - 2019

Pam Burns, Fort McMurray, Albertapam burns 2018
Pam has a BSW and brings 21 years of experience in the field of Social Work. She currently works in the non profit sector for an organization that provides direct service as well as advocacy for the senior population in Fort McMurray/Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), which is located in northern Alberta.  Pam facilitated the creation of the Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse in the RMWB, and continues to be a champion of elder abuse awareness and prevention.  She is the Vice Chair of the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council (AEAAC) and also sits on the  Advisory Committee on Aging (ACOA), which is city council appointed committee that focuses on Age Friendly initiatives.

Meghan Derkach, British Columbia

Andrew Elinesky, Toronto, Ontario 
Andrew is currently Treasurer of the Board
Andrew is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at a NYSE/TSX-listed public company. An accountant by training, Andrew brings financial, senior leadership experience and broad-based corporate and commercial knowledge. As 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 a strong believer in advancing the rights and wellness of all, particularly older adults and looks forward to supporting the CNPEA as it moves towards becoming a charitable entity.

Marta Hajek, Toronto, Ontario

Kelly Heisz, St.John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
KellyHeiszKelly is the Executive Director of SeniorsNL. 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. SeniorsNL 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.

Sandra Hirst, Alberta

Yogeeta Jhodhan, Ontario

Jean François Kozak, North Vancouver, British Columbia
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Jean François is the past Director of Research for PHC’s Primary Care of the Elderly Research Group in the Department of Family and Community Medicine; the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence; and VP Medical and Academic Affairs at SCO Health Services. His research has been in areas such as abuse and neglect; dementia; development of clinical decision algorithms for the management of frail elderly; and the evaluation of primary care health service models for geriatrics. Jean François is one of the co-editors of the CAG book Abuse and neglect of older CanadiansStrategies for change, as well as the highly successful APL project (Abuse and Neglect in LTC). He is the past recipient of the Canadian Association of Gerontology’s Award for Contribution to Canadian Gerontology and is currently with the PHC Department of Family and Community Medicine (and affiliated with the UBC School of Population and Public Health).

Denise Lemire, Orléans, Ontariodenise lemire sept2018
Denise holds a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa. Denise has led and completed many research projects in the fields of health, social services, and education. For the last 30 years, Denise has been active in the world of francophonie, as a researcher, consultant, E.D., Board member, and volunteer at large. For the last 16 years, Denise has managed grants from several organizations. From April 2015 to February 2018, Denise was the Executive Director of the Federation of French-speaking elders and retirees of Ontario (Fédération des aînés et retraités francophones de l’Ontario - FARFO). Denise has co-coordinated the 2017 Older Adults Summit (Sommet des aînés 2017) with FAAFC (Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada); managed 5 workshops on Elder Abuse across Ontario; participated to the development of a provincial network of french-speaking elder abuse stakeholders in 2019. She is presently Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Association of Individual Members of FARFO (AMI-FARFO).

Sharon MacKenzie, Victoria, British Columbia
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Sharon (BA, MEd) is the founder and Executive Director of i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada (, a national hub for intergenerational resources and support. She was a teacher K-University for 35 years. For a decade, Sharon developed and field tested in BC a highly successful Intergenerational Immersion model, 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 Istanbul, October 2013, the project was recognized in a short list of five at the IFA International Competition 'Best Existing Age Friendly Initiative'. The panel of eight international judges said: "This project demonstrates forward-thinking advancements by i2i Intergenerational Society, and this project should be adopted worldwide." 

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.

She was the researcher and writer of three core intergenerational resources: Across the Generations—Respect all Ages (PHAC), WEAAD Teen Kit (IFA/PHAC) and Creating Caring Communities (BC Ministry of Health). She also contributes to peer reviewed journals and magazines, and has written two books. Sharon was a partner with Ryerson/UBC-O's innovative GeoLive intergenerational project mapping, and the WEAAD in Cyberspace initiative.

She is a recipient of the BC Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009, and the Rotary Service Above Self Award. She was nominated for Canadian Molson Award and Business Woman of the Year (Okanagan). 

Kathy Majowski, West Saint Paul, Manitoba 

kathymajowski september2018Kathy is currently Chair of the Board
Kathy is a degree-prepared nurse who began her career in health care in 1999. In that time she has worked in various roles, including nurse, support worker, staff educator, clinical and classroom instructor, educational program developer, community case coordinator, and subject matter expert. Kathy’s career in nursing has included experience in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as work in a northern Manitoban community where the nursing station functioned as both a clinic and trauma stabilization centre. Her commitment to health care and willingness to take on responsibilities that went beyond bedside nursing has helped Kathy develop skills that include curriculum development and delivery, building new and improving existing organizational policies/procedures, and proficiency with computer programs dedicated to presentation, design, and data tracking. Although caring for seniors has always been a part of Kathy’s career, her role as the Staff Educator in a long-term care facility brought her a greater awareness of some of the issues that seniors face, and prompted her to seek out a role with the CNPEA.

Lisa Manuel, Toronto, Ontariolisa manuel 2018
Lisa has been working in the social services field for over 25 years. Her first and continuing passion is working with seniors. She has worked in a variety of capacities as a staff person doing outreach and providing counselling supports to older people experiencing abuse.  She has also worked as a manager supporting a team who provides prevention and intervention supports in this area, developing new programming such as an elder abuse consultation team and a safe haven for older people experiencing abuse (Pat's Place). Lisa is interested in deepening connections between the domestic violence and elder abuse fields and has worked at this intersection as a manager.  As a trained researcher, she has participated on several research initiatives in elder abuse. As a senior Director of programs, she has a solid experience interacting with government officials and elected MPPs to advocate for the need for a comprehensive funded approach to working with community dwelling older adults who experience abuse.

Wanda Roberts,Yellowknife, Northwest Territorieswandaroberts 2018
Wanda has dedicated her 24-year nursing career to the care of older adults.  She started her nursing career in long-term care, with the intent of moving to a different area of nursing once she acquired some experience.  She quickly learned that her “starter job” as a nurse was her passion, and she remained working in long-term care for 15 years. Wanda has been in her current position as Senior Instructor for the Personal Support Worker program at Aurora College for the past 10 years.  She believes she can make a difference in quality of care for elders, which fuels her desire to continue teaching. In the past several years, she has volunteered for the NWT Seniors’ Society, educating northerners about Elder abuse, is an active member of the NWT Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and participates on various committees dedicated to improving quality of life for older adults.  

Kate Schroeder, Manitoba

Elizabeth Sharma, St Albert, Alberta
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Elizabeth has been a nurse for 32 years and has focused on the care of older adults for most of her career. Her most recent work includes geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry and Emergency nursing. Elizabeth recently provided support to the SPP (Senior Protection Partnership) team in Edmonton. She has also provided support to private sector assisted living sites as an educator, in development of policy and procedure, quality assurance and mentoring of nursing staff groups. She is certified in geriatric nursing by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and is always looking for ongoing education opportunities. 

Chelsea Skanes, Ontario

Weiguo Zhang, Mississauga, Ontarioweiguozhang
Weiguo is a social demographer who received his Ph.D. in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as a lecturer and social scientist at the Post-Graduate Diploma Program in Population and Sustainable Development, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund, at the University of Botswana. Weiguo has been conducting research on aging and care in China in the past 10 years, and has recently started to engage in research and community service on Chinese immigrants in Canada. His research on elder abuse among Chinese immigrant families, using a participatory action research,  together with Chinese senior associations and service providers in Mississauga can bridge local communities, service providers, research institutions, and policy makers in addressing research and practice on understanding and preventing mistreatment of older adults.

Honorary member
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Elizabeth is one of the founding members of three key organizations in this area: Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA), CNPEA~RCPMTA, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). She has served on the Executive for all three bodies and has actively promoted the value of Networks at all levels.

She was the architect of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in 2003 and Chair of the WEAAD Steering Committee.

For nearly a quarter century, Elizabeth has conducted research and published extensively in the area of abuse and neglect, as well as having supported the efforts of others. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops, scientific and educational meetings at both the national and international level.

She received the Order of Canada for her work in the area of abuse prevention, including the first Canadian incidence study in 1989. On June 14th, 2012, she also received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her lifetime commitment and efforts. Elizabeth was recently elected honorary director of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. (United States)

She has been the source of passion and imagination on numerous initiatives in this area. She generated the project "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in Cyberspace" working with national and international partners to harness social media in raising awareness of senior abuse.

Elizabeth received the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) National Rosalie Wolf Award 2013 and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)International Rosalie Wolf Award for 2013, becoming the first person to be the recipient of two Rosalie Wolf awards in the same year.


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