Diverse Approaches to Safety and Wellbeing of Older Adults

September 28, 2022
3:00 – 4:30 PM ET / 12:00 PM PST

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, in collaboration with Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) are marking International Day of Older Persons (October 1st) with an online panel discussion focused on “Diverse Approaches to Safety and Well-being of Older Adults”, featuring older women who are leaders and advocates in their community.



Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


Angel Gonsalves

Advocate and Activist

Angel is a retired senior TWOC, born in Mombasa, Kenya and became a displaced person at age 15. In 1972, Angel went to Switzerland where they lived and worked illegally, then came to Canada in 1974 as an Engineering student and have been contributing to nation building ever since.

Angel contributes to advocacy inActi many sectors such as 2SLGBTQIA+ National Housing Solutions with Chief Commissioner, Marie Claude-Landry of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa and Federal Housing Authority, Marie Josée-Houle in Ottawa and on the policy formulations committee for SSLTC’S, as well as on the implementation, training and accountability of the Leading and Learning with Pride Toolkit with the City of Toronto.

Angel is a member of the Senior Pride Network in Toronto as well as the Older Adults’ program and sits on it’s  Advisory Committee at the 519.  She is also on the organising committee for the Trans Day of Remembrance and advocates and provides material supports such as housing, medical doctor for continuity of Trans care, employment, education, food,  clothing, mentorship and more to Trans newcomers to Canada.

Angel is also part of a committee to assist victims of Trans Human trafficking with Chris Glover MPP,  Richard Dunwoody of Project Recovery as well as Kimberly Curry, Executive Director of Yellow Door and an advocate for  home care to the Ontario government. Lastly, Angel was the recipient of Community Hero Award from Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD, MPP of ward 12 where she resides.
Chantelle Harriott

Toronto Grace Health Centre, Assess and Restore Social Worker and Social Worker in the Remote Care Monitoring Program

Chantelle Harriott was born and raised in Toronto. She attended York University where she obtained honours degrees in both sociology and social work. She completed a masters degree in gerontology at the University of Toronto. Chantelle worked at SPRINT Senior Care in the Adult Day Program for 14 years providing dementia education and caregiver support. During that time, she collaborated with Sunnybrook’s Geriatric Outpatient clinic providing case management, resource navigation, and caregiver support for their patients.

Chantelle recently obtained employment at Toronto Grace Health Centre as the Assess and Restore social worker collaborating with St. Michael’s Hospital GIM unit to provide support to seniors who are at high risk of readmission to hospital post discharge from rehab. She is also the social worker in the Remote Care Monitoring program with Toronto Grace and provides support to seniors enrolled in their program.

Belinda Lacombe

British Columbia Community Resource Network, Regional Mentor

Belinda Lacombe (Metis) works as a therapist/counselor in the anti-violence/oppression sector, where her practice is genocide informed and advocates a decolonizing approach to therapy and community development. She is a Regional Mentor with the British Columbia Community Resource Network; and a provincial advisory committee member for delivery of the province-wide Indigenous Communities Healing Project.

She is an instructor, and coach for the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy training programs and delivers the Indigenous Tools for Living programs.  As a survivor of cultural genocide, and as a statement gatherer of the National Murdered and Missing Women and Girl’s Inquiry, Belinda understands and affirms that culture and focusing body-centered therapy skills save lives.

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