Recognition Award for the Prevention of Elder Abuse AND Restorative Approaches to Elder Abuse

November 18, 2021
1:00-3:00 pm

EAPO will once again be formally acknowledging the commitment and hard work of volunteers from local Elder Abuse  Networks across the province. The webinar will begin with the announcement of this ye  of the 2nd Annual ‘Recognition Award for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’. We hope you will join us, as we celebrate the  contributions these dedicated individuals continue to make in helping prevent elder
abuse in communities across Ontario.

Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region (CJIWR) has been providing Restorative Services for older adults in the community since the year 2000. Participants will learn how
their experiences and these restorative practices are used, to walk alongside older adults, their families, friends and neighbours as they deal with difficult situations. CJIWR will explain how building a culture of respect, autonomy, dignity, and support with older adults is making a difference. Citing case studies, speakers will demonstrate how in doing so, CJIWR is able to meaningfully address the complex situations that often cause stress and unhappiness in people’s lives. Intended to inspire others, to explore these practices and proactively build restorative
communities, where older adults’ rights are preserved and their autonomy is respected. Restorative Justice, in collaboration with other community services has been proven toreduce isolation, by reconnecting people and promoting reconciliations, after experiencing conflict, crime or abuse.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter

Speakers

Julie Friesen

Director of Programs, Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) of Waterloo Region.

Julie has been involved in conflict resolution, mediation and management positions since 1997. Julie has conflict resolution experience ranging from elder mediations, workplace conflicts, neighbourhood disputes, and criminal court mediations.

Wendy Meek

Supervisor and Mediator, Elder Mediation Program for Community Justice Initiatives

Wendy has assisted victims and offenders, as well as community members in addressing and resolving conflict and crime. She mediates and facilitates circles, mediations, groups, and is also a passionate speaker on Restorative Justice and older adults.

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