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CRNs Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2022

Communities from all over the province showed off their “purple power”, joining the worldwide efforts to raise awareness of adult abuse, pledging that “human rights don’t get old”.

Proclamations, purple city lights, and in-person and online events made a resounding comeback after two quieter years resulting from pandemic safety measures. Community members and Community Response Networks (CRNs) spread the word on adult abuse prevention on social media and local news outlets.

Thank you for joining us in recognizing this day!

Chinese CRN

The Chinese CRN, hosted by MOSAIC, marked WEAAD 2022 with Senior Life is Colourful on June 15. The team hosted a large in-person event that was also live-streamed through YouTube. The event capped off a six-month-long financial literacy campaign that consisted of eight individual seminars that attracted over 200 seniors who shared their stories of financial abuse and exploitation. View the story and photos of their event in the Wei Xin, Sing Tao, and Ming Pao daily newspapers. (Be sure to right-click and then select Translate, or use your favourite translation app!) Click the photo to enlarge.

(Photo: Chinese CRN Facebook)

Comox Courtenay CRN

Regional Mentor for Central and North Island Jane Osborne and Mentor Liaison Alyssa Christensen travelled to Comox to present an It’s Not Right! workshop and share information on adult abuse and neglect in Comox on June 15. Click the photo to enlarge.

(Photo: J. Osborne)

Cranbrook CRN

The team in Cranbrook recognized WEAAD 2022 with an in-person gathering for the community’s seniors. Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: D. Newberry)

Creston and District CRN

It was a great day for Regional Mentor for East Kootenay Doug Newberry and Creston and District CRN Coordinator Nik McCready at the Creston Farmers market for WEAAD! Homemade cupcakes and information about what the CRN does to help prevent Adult Abuse and neglect were handed out to visitors. Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Creston and District CRN Facebook)

Hope CRN

Coordinator Kim Paolini set up shop in the local grocery store to spread the word on adult abuse prevention in Hope. Click the photo to enlarge.

(Photo: Hope Community Services)

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie CRN

The enthusiastic team led by Coordinator Judith MacRae partnered with Ridge Meadows RCMP to recognize seniors and raise awareness of adult abuse in the Maple Ridge community. They demonstrated how the community and local law enforcement are partners in prevention! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Ridge Meadows RCMP)

New Westminster CRN

Host agency Seniors Services Society staff showed their purple power in the office. Thank you New Westminster CRN! Click the photo to enlarge.

(Photo: Seniors Services Society Facebook)

Robson Valley CRN

Thank you Robson Valley CRN Team and Robson Valley Community Services for sharing adult abuse prevention information in the community! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Robson Valley Community Services Facebook)

Shuswap CRN

The Shuswap CRN and SAFE Society Shuswap team held three separate events for the region to recognize WEAAD2022. Thank you to the communities of Sorrento, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous for saying hi to our fantastic team members! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Shuswap CRN, SAFE Society)

Smithers CRN

After a two-year hiatus, the Smithers CRN is back out in the community! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Smithers CRN Facebook)

Southern Vancouver Island CRNs

CRN teams in Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, and the West Shore connected with local governments to garner proclamations for both their municipalities and the province! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: G. Townsend)

Sparwood CRN

The Sparwood CRN team celebrates another successful season with dinner together (photo 1) while representatives shared information on adult abuse, neglect, and self-neglect at the first Sparwood Farmers’ Market in June (photos 2 and 3). Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Sparwood CRN Facebook.)

Sunshine Coast CRN

The Sunshine Coast CRN with the help Regional Mentor April Struthers and Coordinator Vicki Dobbyn had a couple of WEAAD events. On June 15 they visited the more remote parts of the Sunshine Coast, partnering with health centre staff, the Local Learning Centre and the Older Adults Social Group (Photos 1 to 4).

On June 28, the CRN was at Shishalh Hospital in Sechelt (photo 5). April talked with Jane McDonald, Sechelt Hospital Foundation Executive Director about joining forces for MedTalks Series in September. The display gave April and Vicki a chance to talk to patients, families, staff, and nurse educators about recognition and prevention. Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: A. Struthers)

TriCities CRN

Regional Mentor Fraser Valley West Ken Kuhn, Coordinator Verla Scoffins hosted a drive-thru information booth at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam that attracted visitors from all over the Tri-Cities, including Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and MLA Fin Donnelly. Did you see the municipal buildings lit up in purple and the giant billboard in Port Moody? Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: K. Kuhn)

Vancouver – Grandview Woodland CRN

Volunteers passed out leaflets on Commercial Drive on June 15 to let the community know that the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) is the host agency for the Grandview-Woodland CRN. They also handed out crime Prevention information bags to seniors at the GWCPC office. Thank you, teams! Click the photo to enlarge.

(Photo: GWCPC Twitter)

Vancouver – Marpole CRN

On June 15, MLA Michael Lee joined the South Vancouver Seniors Network, Marpole Oakridge Family Place, and the Marpole CRN at Marpole library and Marine Gateway to raise awareness of adult abuse prevention. Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: MLA Michael Lee Twitter, Marpole Oakridge Family Place Facebook.)

Vancouver – Mount Pleasant CRN

Thanks to our host agency, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, local seniors were treated to lunch, activities, and some abuse prevention education. Thank you Mount Pleasant CRN! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Facebook)

Vancouver – South Granville CRN

We love the teams at the South Granville Seniors Centre and the South Granville CRN for spreading the word on adult abuse prevention! Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photo: South Granville Seniors Centre Twitter)

Vancouver – West End, Coal Harbour, Yaletown CRN

It’s a family affair! Regional Mentor Vancouver Joanna Li and her mom partnered up to show their “purple power” with the West End Seniors Network and the West End, Coal Harbour, Yaletown CRN. Joanna presented It’s Not Right! to interested residents. The  West End – Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre was also on hand to offer a workshop on Situational Awareness and Personal Safety. Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: West End Seniors Network Facebook, J. Li)

Vancouver Island LOVE CRN Shows its PRIDE with a Leap of Faith!

The Living Out Visibly and Engaged (LOVE) Community Response Network (CRN) out of Nanaimo celebrated Pride Month in all the usual colourful fanfare and a bungee jump at WildPlay Nanaimo, an adventure amusement park. Click the photos to enlarge.

(Photos: J. Osborne, P. Newton, Vancouver Island LOVE CRN)

(Header Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Convention Centre.)