Older People and Housing Insecurity

September 27, 2023
1:00 – 2:30 PM

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario are hosting a webinar on Housing Insecurity and Aging  to mark National Seniors Day.

A growing number of Canadians are faced with the challenges of the current housing crisis. Factors such elder abuse and ageism leave older adults particularly at risk and increasingly struggling with housing shortage, evictions and housing insecurity or homelessness. Join us to learn from a panel of experts from across Canada who will discuss current housing challenges, how and why they affect older people in Canada, as well as promising initiatives and policies that provide intersectional, age-friendly solutions.


More Speakers to be announced soon!


Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


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Margaret Young

Founder, Age Knowble

Margaret Young, EMBA., Dip GERO., social entrepreneur and applied gerontologist. Margaret has an insatiable curiosity that fuels her desire to engage, understand, and connect people for action. This curiosity was pivotal to her award-winning career with Canada’s largest financial institution where she honed her craft in system thinking, organizational development, and leadership. This curiosity also shaped her path in becoming a champion for the older person.

Conversations with older persons and her board work at non-profits exposed Margaret to both the system challenges and human potential in ageing. This is why she founded Age Knowble, a Canadian social enterprise. Age Knowble empowers older persons and strengthens the ecosystems they need to live secure and thriving lives through intersectoral collaboration. Along with her Age Knowble work, Margaret amplifies impact by volunteering with like-minded organizations such as Global Alliance for Rights of Older People, Pass It On Network, and older persons serving non-profits. Her dedication to the cause is not only invaluable, it is inspiring.

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Mari-Anne Godlonton

Elder Abuse Shelter Manager, Unison at Kirby Centre

Mari-Anne Godlonton brings over 20 years of non-profit and leadership experience to the Kerby Shelter at Unison. She is on a mission to create a stable, equitable and safe housing option for the most vulnerable seniors, regardless of their socio-economic background. Mari-Anne’s firm beliefs that advocacy and relationship building are key to wide scale change, have helped Kerby Centre to broaden their reach within the community, creating positive change, one life at a time.

Dr. Sarah Marsden, BA, LL.B, LL.M, PhD

Director, Systems Change and Legal, First United

Sarah first joined First United as a Staff Lawyer in early 2021, and later the same year, she gratefully accepted the opportunity to serve as Director, Systems Change and Legal.

Sarah has worked in the legal field for over 20 years, including work as an advocate, as a lawyer, and in legal research and education. She is passionate about understanding how legal systems affect the most vulnerable and seeking pathways to a more just society through law reform and advocacy. She approaches this work with hope that legal change can be a part of reconciliation in action.

In 2021, Sarah led the development of First United’s Eviction Mapping project, a British-Columbia wide initiative documenting the impact of evictions as part First United’s housing justice work. The results will be used to inform First United’s law reform work in the area of residential tenancy law and beyond.

Sarah has a degree in Philosophy from York University, a law degree and a Masters degree in law from the University of Victoria, and a PhD in law from the University of British Columbia. When she’s not reading legislation, she can be found running in the North Shore mountains or knitting colourful socks.

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Shelley Yeo

Co-founder and Co-Chair of All Our Sisters

Shelley Yeo has been a part of and a witness to the changes related to services for women and their families in London, Ontario and beyond for over 40 years.  

Shelley is Co-founder and Co-Chair of All Our Sisters, a national network on security of housing and safe communities for women and girls coast to coast to coast. She has in the past been the Co-Chair of the London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse (LCCEWA), Executive member of the London Homeless Coalition for more years than she can count, Co-founder of Women’s Events Committee, current member of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Supports, current member of Thalia, a wilderness retreat for women, and has participated on several other community committees and boards.  

Community awareness, development and coordination within a relational practice are of particular interest to Shelley. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, practicing yoga & meditation, cooking, entertaining, traveling, watching gardens grow and stepping out of her comfort zone on occasion. While doing all of this, Shelley continues to challenge herself and others with maintaining the vision of a world where we are all free to make personal choices and to live in peace.

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