Conference originally aired: Monday, September 27 – Tuesday, 28, 2021
2021 Conference Report
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David Eby, Attorney General of BC and Minister Responsible for Housing
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David Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, was first elected in 2013 and currently serves as Attorney General of BC and minister responsible for housing. David is also responsible for Gambling policy, Liquor policy and the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) for the province. Previously, as an award-winning human rights lawyer, he was the Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia, president of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and served on the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Social Development Committee. His years of legal advocacy at Pivot Legal Society to protect the human rights and dignity of homeless and under-housed residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were recognized in 2011 by the UN Association in Canada and the B.C. Human Rights Coalition with their annual award.
Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate
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Workshop: Public Guardian and Trustee | Alison Leaney
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Workshop: Preventing and Dealing with Elder Abuse | Sherry Baker
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Sherry Baker has served as the Executive Director of the BC Association of Community Response Networks since July 2010. She has chaired numerous non-profit organizations including the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support and was a founding Board member of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as well as the United Community Services Coop (now Realize Strategies). Now living in Langley, Sherry has completed 2 years as President of the Rotary Club of Langley-Sunrise; previously she was on the Township of Langley’s Seniors’ Advisory Committee and currently chairs Encompass Support Services Society. She is the Vice-Chair of the Older Adult and Caregivers Advisory Committee for Age-Well. She was awarded the Canada 125 Medal and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, among other honours. Sherry holds a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from City University in Seattle, a Bachelor of Home Economics from the University of British Columbia, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Fraser Valley University.
Introduction: Safe Medication Use/Championing Medical Safety in Manitoba | Connie Newman
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Connie Newman is the Executive Director (lead consultant) for the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres – Age Friendly Manitoba Initiative (MASC – AFI). MASC is a member association currently with 62 member Centres throughout Manitoba. MASC – AF connects with 92 communities in Manitoba on the Age Friendly pathway. She is 73 years young, retiring in 2004. She was a junior high teacher/principal for 34 years in St James Assiniboia School Division. She is a boomer – still independent with many connections in Manitoba, Canada and beyond. Her favorite pastime is her dog – Tobe, a companion, a friend. She believes in active aging and all that it means – keeping one’s mind and body active helps her to assist those around her who may need information and support as we all age together. Giving back and giving to others is important. We can all give in some form – it makes our Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada a much better place. Philosophical quotes:
It takes an entire community to care for each other.
Knowledge is your power – we continue to learn through our entire life
Workshop: Safe Medication Use | Camille Gagnon and Janet Currie
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Camille Gagnon is the Assistant Director of the Canadian Deprescribing Network, a group of health care leaders, clinicians, decision-makers, academic researchers and patient advocates working together to mobilize knowledge and promote the deprescribing of medication that may no longer be of benefit or that may be causing harm. As a clinical pharmacist, she has experience in primary care, program management, community pharmacy and teaching to pharmacy students and technicians. Her passion is to advocate for medication safety and she cherishes every opportunity to share her knowledge and passion with others.
Workshop: Seniors Housing Needs | Andy Yan
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Andy Yan is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University and is a registered professional planner. Prior to his SFU appointment, Andy has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Andy is also an adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and in Planning at the University of British Columbia School of Regional and Community Planning. Andy holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of California – Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours distinctions in Geography and Political Science from Simon Fraser University.
Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long Term Care
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Workshop: Health Authorities | Jim Sinclair
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Workshop: Healthy Aging in Canada | Peggy Edwards
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Workshop: Social Isolation of Older Adults Due to the Pandemic | Andrew Wister
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Workshop: “The Best of Care” Document from 2012 | Jay Chalke
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Shirley Bond, Interim Leader, BC Provincial Opposition
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Kasari Govender, BC Commisioner of Human Rights
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National Strategies for Living in the 21st Century:
Seniors and Technology | Andrew Sixsmith
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National Strategies for Living in the 21st Century:
Helping Older Adults Stay Connected | Linda Fawcus
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Linda Fawcus is Founder & CEO, Gluu Technology Society, a Canadian non-profit that helps older adults use today’s technology to stay happy, healthy, and connected. Since 2015, Gluu has helped over 50,000 older adults gain the confidence and digital skills needed to participate in the modern world. Ms. Fawcus has been in software and technology development for over 28 years, is a Business Top 40 Under 40, has served on the RBC Young Entrepreneur Board, and is the host of two podcasts.
Addressing Long Term and Ageism:
Guidelines for Changing Long Term Care in a Positive Direction | Pat Armstrong
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