Stolen Time

Film Screening 1 PM-2:30 PM / Panel Discussion 2:30 PM-4 PM ET

July 10, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

A compelling call for justice, the documentary Stolen Time follows charismatic elder rights lawyer, Melissa Miller, as she takes on the corporate for-profit nursing-home industry—an industry notorious for its lack of transparency and accountability. As the legal battle unfolds, families, frontline caregivers and change-makers chronicle an urgent crisis with ramifications—and inspiration—for us all.

A co-production of National Film Board of Canada and Intuitive Pictures Inc.,

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse invite you to attend a virtual screening of Stolen Time on July 10, 2024 (start time: 1 PM ET).

The film will be followed by a 50 minute live Q&A session. Stolen Time director, Helene Klodawsky, and Melissa Miller (Howie Sacks and Henry LLP), will be in attendance to answer your questions. Denise Koster (Koster Consulting & Associates) will be moderating the discussion. Additional speakers will be announced shortly.


Your viewing options:

  • Once you have registered, you will receive a link allowing you to watch the documentary on your own time if you so wish.
  • Otherwise, please join us on July 10, for this one-time only communal virtual screening and discussion!
  • Screening: 1 PM Eastern
  • Q & A: 2:40 PM Eastern


melissa miller
Melissa Miller

Howie Sacks and Henry LLP

is an advocate for the most vulnerable members of our population, the elderly. Being certified in Elder Law, she concentrates on nursing home negligence, long-term care cases and elder abuse. Her practice is also committed to all areas of personal injury litigation, including product liability, hospital negligence, car accidents, slip and falls and long-term disability claims. Melissa is also an experienced trial advocate and is prepared to take her cases all the way.

She is also a member of many professional associations, sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and started her own organizations, Canadians4LTC and Lawyers4LTC, which advocate for broader systemic change to long-term care across Canada. Melissa is also the subject of a National Film Board of Canada Documentary, Stolen Time, about the systemic issues in long-term care.

Helene Klodawsky

Independent filmmaker

Independent filmmaker Helene Klodawsky is a passionate storyteller, committed to portraying complex political and social struggles. Exploring the documentary art form for over 35 years, Klodawsky’s work has been screened and broadcast around the world. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Hot Docs, the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), World Press Photo, the Mannheim Film Festival, and the Jerusalem International Film Festival are among the many festivals and events that have honoured her work.

Denise Koster, LLM, CTM, Lic. PI

Koster Consulting and Associates

Denise Koster is a seasoned expert in violence prevention and resolution, boasting a career spanning over three decades. With a steadfast commitment to addressing societal issues surrounding violence, Denise founded Koster Consulting & Associates in 1994, inspired by the tragic loss of an elderly Indigenous client to violence. Denise’s journey in her professional trajectory was marked by her role as Clinical Director at a prominent community health centre, where she adeptly managed multidisciplinary teams of medical, nursing, and social service professionals.

 Denise has significantly contributed to special assignments such as the Provincial Evaluator for projects like “Project S.A.V. Community Mobilization Empowering Seniors Against Victimization” and “Ontario Family Councils Program.”

 Denise has been accepted into York University’s doctorate program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, commencing in September 2024.  This opportunity will allow her to deepen her expertise in critical issues surrounding gender, sexuality, and feminism, contributing valuable insights to academic discourse and groundbreaking research.

Denise’s qualifications include being trauma-informed trained and a Licensed Private Investigator, holding a Master of Law (LLM) in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, certificates in Human Resources Law and Elder Law, and the prestigious distinction of Certified Threat Manager (CTM), a title held by only approximately 150 individuals worldwide. She’s also the author of the enlightening book, “Refusing to Accept the Unacceptable: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Workplace Bullying and Harassment.”

Denise specializes in investigating and managing various forms of abuse, including discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Today, as a sought-after authority in violence prevention and resolution, Denise Koster continues to make a profound impact through her work and advocacy. Her wealth of knowledge and extensive experience make her an invaluable asset to any community or organization striving for a safer and more equitable world.

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