Provincial Learning Events


 

 

May 21, 2024 ReAct Adult Protection Program – Learn about Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and their ReAct Program.  VCH is a designated agency responsible for invetigating situations of abuse, neglect and self-neglect of adults who are unable to seek support and assistance on their own.  The ReAct Program receives reports, provides consultation and coordinates responses to abused, neglected and self-neglected adults so cannot seek support and assistance on their own.

First Nations ReAct provides an understanding of the complex dynamics of abuse, neglect and self-neglect in First Nations communities.

Presented by:

Jessica Busswood – Adult Protection Lead – Downtown Eastside, ReAct Adult Protection Program

Cayce Laviolette – Adult Protection Lead and Clinical Lead – Sunshine Coast, ReAct Adult Protection Program

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April 16, 2024 Coordinating Community-Based Solutions for Older Adults – Join us to hear about local community programs and resources at work across the province to ensure the safety and wellness of older adults.

Learn about:

  • United Way BC and their new healthy aging program and service model, including the new Community Connector positions that are being rolled out across the province and enhancements to the Better at Home program.
  • BC Community Response Networks and our work to keep communities safe from abuse & neglect through awareness and prevention as we develop a coordinated community response.

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March 19, 2024 Behind the Wheel – Navigating Road Safety as We Age – BC CRN is pleased to welcome ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Kathleen Nadalin who will be providing tips to help aging drivers stay safe on the road.  Learn how to support older adults with valuable driver safety information including driving today, self-assessment, assessing driver fitness, the Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA), tips for seniors & refresher of rules of the road, and staying mobile!

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February 20, 2024 What is Personal Planning for Older Adults? This webinar with feature an online launch of two videos with personal stories from people across BC, highlighting the usefulness of personal planning – planning for incapacity, end-of-life and other support needs. What is personal planning? How is it different from estate planning? What if I have a Will and an Enduring Power of Attorney – am I covered? What if I can’t make any of these documents? What will happen to me in an emergency if I can’t speak for myself? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

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January 16, 2024 Hearing Health for LifeHearing loss is a common complaint among older adults. According to the National Institute on Aging, hearing loss can negatively impact a person’s cognitive health (leading to issues related to concentration and memory), mental health (increasing the likelihood of someone experiencing depression and loneliness), and physical health (leading to an increased risk of falls and other personal safety issues).  Join us for this dynamic webinar and learn about the signs of age-related hearing loss and how to best support those who are experiencing the impacts of hearing loss.  Let’s connect and discuss hearing health for life!

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November 21, 2023 End Loneliness, Spread HappinessLoneliness and social isolation are epidemic, affecting so many older adults. Research tells us that enhancing emotional connections is key to solving the problem. Java Group Programs bring people together with an innovative approach that ends loneliness and spreads happiness.

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October 17, 2023 Do I Still Need This Medication? Many older adults rely on medications to help improve the quality of their lives when they live with conditions such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes. However, it is important to consider the potential risks of taking too many medications and be aware of how overprescribing and overmedicating may be related to elder abuse.

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September 19, 2023 Protect What’s Yours, Prevent Financial Abuse, Fraud & ScamsFinancial abuse is one of the most common forms of elder abuse.  Learn about the top fraud trends that are affecting seniors and find out how older adults can protect themselves from being victimized.

Zoom recording

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Seniors First BC – Sara Pon

RCMP – Federal Policing and Engagement

May 16, 2023 Cautious ConsumerismCredit is great, but it can also be dangerous. There are people out there who want to steal your identity and steal your credit. Learn how to protect yourself. Learn about the top scams in Canada, how to identify, report, and recover from those scams.

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April 18, 2023 Social Prescribing & Older AdultsSocial prescribing is a relatively new approach that brings together social and medical models of health care. This webinar will provide an overview of social prescribing based on current evidence.

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March 21, 2023 BC HousingThis webinar discusses housing programs across BC for both renters and owners as well as those seeking accommodation. BC Housing will share information on eligibility and resources to help our vulnerable adults find housing solutions.

No recording at the request of the presenter.

February 27, 2023 Age With Rights! Webinar: How to Advance the Human Rights of Older PersonsAge With Rights! is the global campaign supporting a new UN convention on the rights of older people, coordinated by the Global Alliance.  Join BC CRN and Age Knowble to learn how your activities can support the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing‘s work in addressing the human rights of older people, and identifying the possible gaps (and how best to address them).

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February 21, 2023 Reporting Abuse and the Adult Guardianship ActThis webinar discusses an overview of the Adult Guardianship Act from the context of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Re:Act Adult Protection Program.

Presented by Amanda Brown, Director of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Re:Act Adult Protection Program and Elisse Tan, secretary of the BC CRN Board of Directors and a registered social worker, working with the Re:Act Adult Protection Program.

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January 17, 2023 Essential Legal Planning Documents for BC This webinar discusses an overview of legal planning documents available under BC legislation – which includes Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Wills – and an introduction to the Nidus Registry service.

Presented by Joanne Taylor, Executive Director of Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry.

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November 15, 2022 An Update on Seniors First BC’s ServicesThis webinar discusses the latest updates to the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL), Seniors First BC’s Public Education and Outreach webinars, new advance planning clinics, and current projects.

Presented by Marie-Noël Campbell, Executive Director and Lawyer, Tina Chang, Manager of SAIL & Victim Services Program, and Lin Chen, Education Manager.

Zoom recording.

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October 18, 2022 End Ageism NowThis webinar discusses the importance of “Ending Ageism” and some of the critical strategies to strengthen the rights of older persons, including the role we all must play to ensure that all people enjoy their human rights in their older age on an equal basis with others.

Presented by Margaret Gillis, Founding President of the International Longevity Centre, Frances Zainoeddin, Vice Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing, and Margaret Young, founder of Age Knowble.

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September 20, 2022 Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in BCLearn about the laws in BC relevant to adult abuse & neglect responses.  Identify best practices for response and share helpful resources.

Presented by Krista James, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL).

Zoom recording.

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May 17, 2022 COSCO Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC – Plan with Seniors – Not for Them! – Hear about the role of COSCO in raising awareness of seniors issues in BC.  Learn about their 44 free workshops offered on a variety of topics impacting seniors.

Presented by Barb Mikulec, Seniors Health & Wellness Institute and Leslie Gaudette, President, COSCO

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April 19, 2022 Future Us – A Roadmap to Elder Abuse PreventionA community engagement strategy examining where we are now and where we need to go to strengthen prevention across the country with clear goals and recommendations so that we can all participate in building an integrated approach for elder abuse prevention across Canada.

Presented by Margaret McPherson on behalf of CNPEA

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March 15, 2022 Digital Security Skills and Resources for Older AdultsTechnology can help older adults with digital skills remain independent, connected, and healthy.  It can also make home a safe place to grow old and save governments, families, and seniors money.  But a lack of digital skills leads to social isolation, makes accessing government and other online services challenging, and creates a population of older adults threatened to be left behind as technology further integrates into our daily lives.

Presented by Linda Fawcus – Founder & CEO of the Gluu Society

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February 15, 2022 Building and Supporting Financial ResilienceLearn about Financial Empowerment and how it supports and empowers individuals to take better financial control of their lives through education and support that build greater financial confidence and resilience.  Find out what resources are available to seniors who require support with finances, benefits, and taxes.

Presented by Murray Baker – Manager, Financial Empowerment, for Family Services of Greater Vancouver

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January 18, 2022 The Incredible Role of Family Caregivers – Learn about what a caregiver is, their needs & impact, staying healthy, and caregiver resources & supports in BC, including creating a support plan and tips on strengthen the caregivers network.

Presented by Lycia Rodrigues, Caregiver & Support Lead

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November 16, 2021 Supporting Older Women in the BC Women’s Transition Housing and Supports Program – This is an overview of their work including members housing portfolio and the housing and support services available to older women.  We will explore recent data on the increasing number of women 50+ coming into transition housing.

Presented by Amy Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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 October 19, 2021 Your Communities’ Future: How to Achieve Population-Level Change – Presented by Paul Born, co-founder of Tamarack Institute and founder of Vibrant Communities, shared experiences on designing and leading large scale change in communities. This session focused on the role of collective action & deep community engagement, understanding how to achieve community innovation that leads to population level impacts, and learning how to build a common agenda and achieve collective impact for sustainable long term change.

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 September 21, 2021 The Energy Conservation Assistance Program Community Partners Offer: Helping Income Qualified Households Live More Comfortably – Presented by Kathleen Dixon, Conservation and Energy Management Team, FortisBC.  This session focused on the Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) and explained how clients can save money on utility bills and make their homes more comfortable during the hot and cold months.

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BC Hydro Free Energy Saving Kit

 May 18, 2021 Metis Nation British Columbia – Presented by Daniel Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Minister for the Métis Nation BC (MNBC). This session will provide a brief history of the key contributions Metis people have made and continue to make in BC regarding whom many refer to as ‘the forgotten people.’

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April 20, 2021 Keeping Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Safe at the End of Life – Presented by Jennifer Mallmes, Registered Community Health Worker, birth doula and end-of-life care doula/Registered Care Aide.  This session will provide insight into how the risk of abuse may increase as a person nears the end of life.

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Mar. 16, 2021 The Fraud Double Feature – Co-presented by the Federal Policing Prevention and Engagement Unit – BC, RCMP and by the Analyst, Currency Awareness and Education Team, Bank of Canada – BC and Yukon Regional Office.

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Frauds Affecting Seniors: Federal Policing Prevention – BC RCMP

Counterfeit Money – Bank of Canada

Presentation ZOOM Recording (.zip file)

Feb. 16, 2021 Elder Abuse and Neglect: Legal Framework and Guiding Principles for Best Practice in BC Presented by Krista James, National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL).

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Presentation ZOOM Recording and ZOOM Questions

Jan. 19, 2021 Ready for the Unexpected! Why You Should Have an Advanced Care Plan, Planning for Incapacity – Presented by Horst Backé, CRN Coordinator, Vancouver Island Living Out Visibly Engaged (LOVE) CRN; and Jane Osborne, BC CRN Regional Mentor – Vancouver Island Central and North.

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Nov. 17, 2020 How to Protect Your Finances in Uncertain Times – Presented by Robert Paddick, Deputy Ombudsman, Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI).

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Oct. 20, 2020 Exploring Restorative Approaches to Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Self-Neglect – Presented by Jane Osborne, BC CRN Regional Mentor – Vancouver Island Central and North and Dr. Alana Abramson, Criminology, Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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Sept. 15, 2020 Cannabis and Older Adults – Presented by Jane Hanson, RCMP Community Crime Prevention Specialist and Vijay Morancie, RCMP Cannabis Engagement Coordinator.  Learn what cannabis is and how it is used, health risks and potential benefits, medical cannabis, responsible use, Cannabis laws and where to purchase legal cannabis products.

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May 19, 2020 Elder Abuse and Natural Disasters – Lessons Learned that could Apply to COVID-19 – Presented by: Gloria M. Gutman, PhD, FCAHS, LLD (Hon.), OBC, CM, – Learn more how to detect, mitigate and prevent adult abuse and neglect, and form new partnerships in community with first responders and humanitarian agencies in today’s reality during the COVID-19 emergency.

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Elder Abuse & COVID-19 in Canada – Expect an increase in all types of abuse by Gloria Gutman

April 21, 2020 Predatory Marriage: What You Need to Know About a Growing Threat – Presented by: Emily Clough, Partner, Clark Wilson LLP – An overview of the legal, policy ad social issues surrounding predatory marriage, including reference to recent case law. She will highlight some of the warning signs of abuse.

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March 17, 2020 Active Aging in Recreation – Presented by: Noelle Virtue, Project Manager, BC Recreation and Parks Association.  Learn about the benefits of Choose to Move and ActivAge programs supporting older adults in the recreation sector including complementary programs aimed at inactive and isolated older adults.

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February 18, 2020 Contextualizing Abuse and Neglect among Transgender Older Adults – Presented by: A.J. Lowik, PhD Candidate, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, The University of British Columbia. We will consider how and why trans older adults are more vulnerable to neglect, abuse and mistreatment than their cisgender counterparts.

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January 21, 2020 Creating Safe & Respectful Communities for Older Adults – Presented by Raeann Rideout – Director, Provincial Partnerships and Outreach, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO).  This event is a must for those looking to protect themselves and their loved ones against vaccine-preventable disease!

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November 19, 2019 The Travelling Wills Project – Presented by: Kevin Smith, Lawyer & Consultant, Seniors First BC.  Learn about this new initiative to help low income adults access free personal planning documents such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Representation Agreements.

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October 15, 2019 The Role of BCs Advocate for Service Quality – Presented by: Leanne Dospital, BCs Advocate for Service Quality, Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction.

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September 17, 2019 15 Minutes Could Save Your Life – Presented by: Ajit Johal, Immunization and Clinical Education – A must for those looking to protect themselves and their loved ones against vaccine-preventable disease.

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May 21, 2019 Discovering Community Paramedicine in B.C. – Presented by: Michelle Britain, Project Manager, Emergency Health Services.  Improving access to health care in rural and remote communities by expanding the role of qualified paramedics.

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April 16, 2019 Public Guardian & Trustee – Presented by: Alison Leaney, MSW, RSW, Provincial Coordinator, Vulnerable Adults Community Response.  Introduction to CRNs and BCs Abuse Neglect Laws – Where Are We Now?

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March 19, 2019 Brain Injury Basics – Presented by: Kix Citton, Executive Director, Nanaimo Brain Injury Society. Learn about Mental Health & Acquired Brain Injury.

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February 19, 2019 Tackling Ageism through Slow Tours & Fast Connections – Anti Ageist Music Tour – Presented by: April Struthers, Regional Mentor, Sunshine Coast. Learn about a social innovation to combat Ageism working Inter-generationally.

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January 15, 2019 Hep C & Baby Boomers – Presented by: Pacific Hepatitis C Network, Deb Schmitz, ED & Daryl Luster, Coordinator of Help4Hep Helpline. Learn about Hep C, it transmission, symptoms & liver disease and what treatment is available.

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November 20, 2018 Better Transportation Options for Seniors – Presented by: Stephanie Williams, BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) and Janette McIntosh, STAR (Seniors Transportation Access & Resources). Learn about programs that provide transportation options for Seniors.

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October 16, 2018 Frauds & Scams – Presented by: Kevin Haarhoff, Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Learn what Frauds & Scams are currently trending and prevention tips & tactics.

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September 18, 2018 The Impact of Ageism on Elder Abuse and How to Challenge It! – Presented by: CARP National Director of Law, Policy & Research, Laura Tamblyn Watts & CARP VP of Advocacy, Wanda Morris.

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May 15, 2018 The Serious Side of Gravity: Prevention of Falls & Fractures – Presented by Dr. Fabio Feldmen, Fraser Health – Increase your awareness of falls & fracture prevention.

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April 17, 2018 Hoarding – Presented by Captain Megan Sabell, City of Victoria Fire Department and Dr. Murray Anderson, PhD, University of Victoria. Captain Sabell is part of H.E.A.T. Hoarding Education and Action Team is how Victoria is dealing with the issue of hoarding. Dr. Anderson informed about the behavioural, history and diagnosis of hoarding.

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March 20, 2018 How to be an Ally in Your Community – Presented by Ajit Mehat, Board Member, BC CRN – Understand what you can do in your own community to overcome divisions & exclusions. Learn about skills needed to become an ally as part of a long process.

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February 20, 2018 Internet & Smartphone Safety and Security – Presented by TELUS WISE. Learn how to protect yourself from Identity Theft and Online Frauds & Scams.

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January 16, 2018 Conflict Triangles & Interpersonal Conflict – Introducing the source of the disconnect and offers a tool for understanding and changing how we conflict. Presented by: Wayne Plenert, a retired lawyer who mediates, teaches interpersonal conflict, helps design conflict systems and mentors mediators.

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November 21, 2017 Saving for a Secure Future – The Registered Disability Savings Plan – Learn about who is eligible, what is needed to apply and the benefits of the program. Presented by Ward Bertram – Co-Chair BC CRN, Certified Financial Planner, Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, Wealth Management Specialist.

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October 17, 2017 Patient Voices – Engaging Patient’s in Health Care Improvement – Presented by Jami Brown – Network Engagement Leader for Patient and Public Engagement – Fraser Valley.

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September 19, 2017 See Something, Say Something – Elder Abuse Awareness Program from Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers provides a safe, anonymous way to report abuse. Presented by Linda Annis – Executive Director.

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May 16, 2017 Raising the Profile Project – Raising the profile and celebrating the value of community based seniors services in B.C. Presented by Team Leader – Marcy Cohen

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April 18, 2017 An Overview of Person Centered Thinking – Presented by Lynne Ford and Nolda Ware, Mentor Training Team. For people being supported by services to have positive control over their lives the people providing services must be aware of mindful listening, the concept of important to & important for and supporting choices.

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March 21, 2017 Gatekeeper Program – A Program of BC CRN and the key to community based support for Older & Vulnerable Adults – Presented by BC CRN Regional Mentor Heather von Ilberg and Castlegar BC CRN Coordinator Sandi McCreight.

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February 21, 2017 Healthy Literacy In Our Communities. Do Your Clients Understand You? – Presented by Giovanna Boniface, OT, CCLCP, National Director of Professional Affairs, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

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January 17, 2017 Seniors Aging OUT: Working Together for Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ2 Seniors – Presented by Jane Osborne, BC CRN Regional Mentor, and Nicole Tremblay, Clinical Social Work Educator at Island Health.

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November 15, 2016 Older Women’s Rights Matter – A project examinging what legal issues are likely to touch the lives of diverse older women who have experienced abuse. Presented by Alana Prochuk, Manager of Publilc Legal Education at West Coast LEAF.

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October 18, 2016 Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors – A project aimed to develop a model to counter elder abuse, given no standardized approach to detect situations of vulnerable seniors was available. Presented by Professor Marie Beaulieu, University of Sherbrooke, with acknowledgement to co-reaearcher Michelle Cote, Montreal Police.

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September 20, 2016 Community Gaming Grants – BC Association of Charitable Gaming Executive Director David Sheach is the voice for charities and non-profits providing feedback on gaming grants and licensing programs in BC.

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May 17, 2016 Intergenerational Workshop – Sharon MacKenzie, i2i, presented newly launched resources to help your community get involved with Intergenerational Day on June 1st and WEAAD on June 15th.

Intergenerational Guide (Currently Unavailable)
Intergenerational Resource Kit (Currently Unavailable)
Intergenerational Workshop Slides (Currently Unavailable)

April 19th, 2016 Privacy in Policing – Cpl. Dean Allchin, RCMP “E” Division, presents how the Federal Privacy Act impacts the relationship between the public and the police.

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March 15th, 2016 Promising Practices in Housing Women who are Older and Fleeing Violence or Abuse – April Struthers presents results & learnings from the paper “Atira Women’s Resource Society-2015” prepared with Canadian Centre for Elder Law.

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February 16th, 2016 Mandatory Reporting of Mistreatment of Adults – Effective Panacea or Feel Good Placebo with Charmaine Spencer, Gerontology Research Centre, S.F.U.

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Handout – Basic Questions to Consider
Handout – The Debate Argument

January 19th, 2016 Canadian Bankers Association – Your Money Seniors – Melanie Minos, Manager, Communications presents Financial Abuse – Protecting Your Money and Yourself, advocating for public policies and promoting financial literacy all to help Canadians make informed decisions and help protect against financial crimes.

Your Money Seniors