15th Anniversary: June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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.

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario joins CanAge, Canada’s national seniors advocacy organization, and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in hosting 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 LTC Homes.

Opening Statements

Indigenous Welcome

Brian Dybwad Hereditary Chief of the Gitxaan Nation Fellow CanAge


The Honourable Deb Schulte  Minister of Seniors

Special Guests

 Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks Founder of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day & Professor Emeritus at Ryerson University’s School of Nursing

Gregor Sneddon Executive Director HelpAge Canada

 Panel Moderator

 Cynthia Mulligan Journalist, CITY-TV’s CityNews

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

 Dr. Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and the University Health Network

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

Devora Greenspon Treasurer, Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils and Resident Leader at Bayview Extendicare, Willowdale

Dee Lender Executive Director, Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC

Registration is required.  Please Click Here to register.

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