Rights Don’t Get Old: Let’s Spark Social Change

June 15, 2022
1:00 – 2:30 PM

This National webinar is the main event of WEAAD 2022. 

EAPO, in partnership with the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) CanAge and British Columbia Community Response Networks (BCCRN) welcome you to attend our National Virtual WEAAD Event”, Rights Don’t Get Old: Let’s Spark Social Change” on June 15th from 1:00 – 2:30 EST for a national conversation around elder abuse prevention. Experts from across Canada will share their roles and experience sparking social change to advocate for senior’s rights and combat ageism in all facets of society.

This WEAAD event will bring together a panel of experts, political figures, advocates and concerned people like you to engage in an inspiring discussion about how we, as a country, can end elder abuse and protect the rights of older people.

Make sure you secure your seat, as space is limited  !

 Speaker Line Up!
  • Helen Hirsh Spence, Founder of Top Sixty over Sixty
  • Gregor Sneedon, Executive Director of HelpAge Canada
  • Margaret MacPherson, Research Associate at Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children.
  • Mélanie Couture, Ph.D. Institutional Researcher, Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, CLSC René-Cassin
  • Jane Osbourne, Regional Mentor, Central & North Vancouver Island, BC Community Response Networks
  • Stephanie Hatzifilalithis, PhD. Department of Health Aging and Society at McMaster University and the Secretary and Communications officer of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging Student Group
We invite individuals of all ages to join our webinar in reminding the world that “Rights Don’t Get Old” and become a Champion of elder abuse prevention by Pledging to stand up for the rights of older people.
We all have a role to play in protecting the rights of older people. No matter where you live in Canada, you can be part of this shared journey to create a safe and supportive society.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


Gregor Sneedon

Executive Director, HelpAge Canada

Gregor has been with HelpAge Canada since 2019, just in time to lead Canada’s first pan-Canadian COVID-19 Emergency Relief response for older Canadians.  HelpAge Canada funds community-based initiatives through its partnerships locally and abroad to improve the lives of older persons and their communities. HelpAge Canada develops innovative projects and leads network-wide collaborations designed to create a world for all persons to age with dignity.

In Canada, HelpAge addresses social isolation and loneliness among low-income and marginalized older people through pan-Canadian digital literacy programming, age-friendly transportation initiatives, the Men’s Sheds movement and the Seniors Can! grant program. Gregor currently leads the HelpAge Canada international portfolio which includes a “Sponsor a Grandparent” program in six countries and currently spearheading a humanitarian intervention in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland along with ongoing humanitarian projects in Ethiopia. HelpAge is a founding member of HelpAge International a global network of more than 150 partners in over 85 countries. He is a proud Dad and husband and likes to cook with loud jazz or reggae music.

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Jane Osborne

Regional Mentor, Central & North Vancouver Island, BC Community Response Networks

Jane came to her work in community because of a personal experience with a close friend’s 70 something mother who was abused by her husband.  She didn’t know where to go to find supports for her and the search led her to BC Community Response Networks and the adult guardianship field.  A restorative justice and more recently an anti-racism and reconciliation lens allows her to explore and understand my own privilege and her personal history which in turn enables her to bring her whole being to the process of envisioning and supporting collective action around the social determinants of health.  She is also a member of the United Way’s Community Based Seniors Sector Leadership Committee.  In this role, she focuses her energy on rural and remote communities (including First Nations / indigenous communities) and on LGBTQ2+and other marginalized individuals within those communities.

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Helen Hirsh Spence

Founder, Top Sixty Over Sixty

After devoting 35 years to increasingly senior leadership positions in both the public and private education sectors, Helen embarked on a journey of social entrepreneurship. She saw how ageism was impacting her generation and how the upcoming demographic shift would affect Canada’s social and economic fabric. As a result, she founded Top Sixty Over Sixty which was created to celebrate, educate, and amplify the positive impact of older Canadians by debunking common myths about ageing and being “old”. Her deep understanding of how ageism impacts individuals, communities and economies is gaining traction and having an increasing impact on diversity strategies in the workplace.

Top Sixty Over Sixty provides thought leadership, consulting and training on age inclusion and diversity. Helen publishes articles, speaks at conferences, and organizes events to promote a reframed narrative of ageing.

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Margaret MacPherson

Research Associate at Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children.

Margaret is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in London Ontario. Margaret designs and develops curriculum and related materials on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business, workplace domestic violence program, and It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults. Margaret is passionate in her belief that everyone has an important contribution to make in creating safe and supportive environments at work and in our communities.

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Dr. Stephanie Hatzifilalithis, PhD.

Department of Health Aging and Society at McMaster University and the Secretary and Communications officer of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging Student Group

Stephanie earned her PhD in Social Gerontology and is currently a MIRA Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University. Stephanie has been awarded a SSHRC doctoral scholarship, Ontario Graduate/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology, and the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award. Her work focuses on intergenerati​onl relations, dynamics, and ageism and brings an interdisciplinary lens to challenges facing aging populations with a BSc Hons in Psychology from the International Faculty of The University of Sheffield and a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, UK. She is passionate about building intergenerational connections through innovative knowledge mobilization practice. With a focus on co-housing; solidarity; and equity, her dissertation research looked at how intergenerational landscapes are understood in the 21st century and investigates how new configurations (e.g., Senior and student co-housing) influence later life through ethnographic and community-based research.

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Mélanie Couture

Chercheuse d'établissement, Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS), CIUSSS Centre-Ouest de l'Île de Montréal, CLSC René-Cassin

Mélanie is an institutional researcher at CIUSSS West-Central Montreal and an affiliate professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Sherbrooke. She holds a PhD in clinical sciences (2009) and a postdoctorate in program evaluation (2013). Her research interests include partnerships between different actors in the social and health care system, evaluative research and elder mistreatment. She is co-head of project in three ministerial mandates granted by the MSSS to the CIUSSS aimed at countering elder mistreatment.

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