Annual General Meeting 
Thursday, September 24, 2020
10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time)

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On September 24, join us to elect new Board members and hear about the Network's latest activities.
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  • The Annual General Meeting will be held by teleconference onThursday, September 24, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Time.
  • All members of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse are entitled to vote on a slate of candidates for available Director positions. 
  • Given the number of applicants selected to fill the vacant positions, the CNPEA membership will vote on the Slate of Candidates as a whole.  


New Applicants

Claire Checkland, Ontario
Claire is a passionate, results-oriented health advocate with 20 years of experience in government and stakeholder relations and policy analysis for national not-for-profit health organizations including the Canadian AIDS Society, Canadian Cancer Society and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health where she has helped the organization achieve sustainability and grow their membership to more than 2,000 individuals and organizations. Claire has a successful track record engaging varied stakeholders in progress towards common health and social goals and has an ability to identify and implement new, innovative approaches to organizational priority issues. She is adept at facilitating the establishment of sustained, meaningful relationships with community, stakeholders and government officials. Claire has an undergraduate-honours degree in Psychology as well as a Diploma of Social Sciences. She lives in Stittsville, Ontario with her husband and two sons. 

Michele Markham, Alberta
Michele Markham is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers and holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Service Administration. For the past six years she has worked at Sage Seniors Association in Edmonton as the Manager of the Seniors’ Safe House, a shelter for older adults needing safety from abuse. Michele participates on the management committee of the Seniors Protection Partnership, is a member of the Diverse Voices conference planning committee and co-chair of the Elder Abuse Consultation Team. In addition to working at Sage, Michele is a member of the MacEwan University School of Social Work Advisory Council, is a Public Member of the Mental Health Review Panel, and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the George Spady Society. In addition to working in the field of social work for nearly 30 years, she has more than 20 years of experience with Board Governance and has facilitated numerous board development workshops as part of the Board Development program with the Alberta Government.

Greg Noseworthy, Newfoundland and Labrador
Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Greg Noseworthy has always taken an approach to understanding and addressing senior and elder issues within NL. While at law school and preparing for his eventual call to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador, Greg directed his energy to seniors issues within the law. Since then he has maintained a focussed law practice in senior issues, primarily by preventing elder abuse in the legal and non-legal worlds. This also includes his full-time work with a non-profit access to justice group that allows him to work with retired groups, 50+ clubs, and other senior and elder focussed organisations across Newfoundland and Labrador. Even as 28 year old Greg is quick to note that everyone in society focus on this issue as it is the only form of discrimination, prejudice, and abuse that affects all persons regardless of race, religion, sexuality, or other characteristics. With this mindset, Greg continues to actively participate in all opportunities to prevent elder abuse. This includes working with Seniors NL, the NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and participating in government reviews of the provincial Adult Protection Act, among other committees and organisations. As a young man in one of the oldest provinces in the country, Greg recognises the needs of an aging population. Whether it be the physical, mental, emotional, financial, or other unique needs of the elder population, Greg has consistently geared his career to finding ways to make “golden years” truly golden.

Peter Holman, Prince Edward Island
Peter is a retired Senior who has returned to his birthplace after a career of 40 years in the financial industry. He is very interested in the well-being of Seniors and passionate about Seniors’ issues, community advancement/development and he has 6 years of experience dealing with Seniors’ issues, with particular attention to Social Inclusion, Social Participation,Intergenerational Relationships and Violence Prevention. Peter sits on the Board of the P.E.I. Seniors Secretariat; is a Member of the National Age-friendly Reference Group with the Public Health Agency of Canada; and of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention. Peter is also a Board Member at Notre Dame Place, Summerside (Canadian Mental Health Association); East Prince Seniors Initiative and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (Atlantic Innovation Fund). Peter is also the Co-Chair of the Age-friendly Cities Committee for the City of Summerside. 

Suzette Montreuil, NWT
Suzette is currently the executive director of the NWT Seniors’ Society, based in Yellowknife but serving older adults across the NWT. Under her leadership, the NWTSS has led research on living income for seniors and lobbied for a Seniors’ Strategy as the population 60+ is the fastest growing segment of the NWT. Her work includes doing two day workshops called Creating Safe Communities for Older Adults. It is based on the It’s Not Right program developed by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the UWO. She has facilitated this workshop in 9 different NWT communities and offered shorter versions on request. This included the translation of It’s Not Right into SAHTÚǪT’ĮNE YATĮ by working with local elders who spoke the language. Suzette also coordinates the work of the NWT Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. This includes conference calls to review group activity and discuss any new initiatives. NWTSS was awarded funding by New Horizons for Seniors program for a national level project called Collaborating for Inclusion of Older Adults. This four-year project has allowed the hiring of community facilitators in 10 communities in the NWT with the aim of decreasing social isolation of elders at risk through community activities that gather elders. Prior to this, Suzette worked as an occupational therapist for 30 years including doing travel clinics in the NWT and Nunavut.

Gabrielle Kirk, Alberta
Gabrielle is the coordinator of an Elder Abuse Response Program in Southern Alberta. She has been in this role for 4 years and is incredibly passionate about protecting the rights and dignity of older adults. Gabrielle has developed a community response model where community agencies come together and develop the best approaches to elder abuse situations. She is also on the Seniors and Continuing Care Provincial Advisory Council for Alberta to advise Alberta Health Services on service delivery, policy and program design for province-wide seniors and continuing care health system. Gabrielle was a healthcare aide for several years, which motivated her to pursue a bachelor's degree in Public Health through the University of Lethbridge. She is now working on her master's degree in Public Health through the University of Saskatchewan. She resides on a farm near Fort Macleod, Alberta, with her partner Michael where they raise sheep and rabbits.


Andrew Elinesky, Ontario
An accountant by training, Andrew brings financial, senior leadership experience and broad-based corporate and commercial knowledge. As an active leader in establishing long-term strategies and the execution of supporting initiatives, he is a trusted project manager in both international and domestic settings, with an interest in governance. Most recently, Andrew was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at a NYSE/TSX-listed public company. Andrew is a strong believer in advancing the rights and wellness of all, particularly older adults and looks forward to supporting the CNPEA.

Kelly Heisz, Newfoundland and Labrador
Kelly is the Executive Director of the Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a Graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Her career for the past 25 years has been concentrated in the non-profit sector, focusing on community engagement and capacity building that affect change at the grass-roots level regarding quality of life and well-being for all citizens.The Seniors Resource Centre has been a lead organization in working on issues impacting seniors, utilizing hundreds of volunteers, all levels of community partners to do this. The Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is one of the crowning achievements of the organization.

Jean Francois Kozak, British Columbia
Jean François is the past Director of Research for PHC’s Primary Care of the Elderly Research Group in the Department of Family and Community Medicine; the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence; and VP Medical and Academic Affairs at SCO Health Services. His research has been in areas such as abuse and neglect; dementia; development of clinical decision algorithms for the management of frail elderly; and the evaluation of primary care health service models for geriatrics. Jean François is one of the co-editors of the CAG book Abuse and neglect of older CanadiansStrategies for change, as well as the highly successful APL project (Abuse and Neglect in LTC). He is the past recipient of the Canadian Association of Gerontology’s Award for Contribution to Canadian Gerontology and is currently with the PHC Department of Family and Community Medicine (and affiliated with the UBC School of Population and Public Health).

Kathy Majowski, Manitoba
Kathy is a degree-prepared nurse who began her career in health care in 1999. In that time she has worked in various roles, including nurse, support worker, staff educator, clinical and classroom instructor, educational program developer, community case coordinator, and subject matter expert. Kathy’s career in nursing has included experience in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as work in a northern Manitoban community where the nursing station functioned as both a clinic and trauma stabilization centre. Her commitment to health care and willingness to take on responsibilities that went beyond bedside nursing has helped Kathy develop skills that include curriculum development and delivery, building new and improving existing organizational policies/procedures, and proficiency with computer programs dedicated to presentation, design, and data tracking. Although caring for seniors has always been a part of Kathy’s career, her role as the Staff Educator in a long-term care facility brought her a greater awareness of some of the issues that seniors face, and prompted her to seek out a role with the CNPEA.

Denise Lemire, Ontario
Having obtained a masters degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa, Denise Lemire has carried out and directed a multitude of research projects in the fields of health, social services and education. For the last 30 years, Denise has been active in the world of the francophonie, as a researcher, consultant, E.D., Board member, and volunteer at large. For the last 17 years, Denise has managed grants for several organizations. Denise has co-coordinated the 2017 Older Adults Summit (Sommet des aînés 2017) with FAAFC (Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada); managed 5 workshops on Elder Abuse across Ontario; participated to the development of a provincial network of French-speaking elder abuse stakeholders in 2019 and participated in the recommendation of a White Paper on the Francophone seniors in Ontario (2019). She is Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Association des membres individuels de la FARFO (AMI-FARFO)(Association of Individual Members of FARFO). As a consultant, she works with the Center Pauline-Charron (Ottawa, Vanier sector) in the creation of a social food service enterprise and other projects targeting Francophone seniors in the community. She is a member of the Seniors Table of the City of Ottawa since September 2019 and of the Advisory Committee of the Collegial Center of Expertise in Gerontology at Cégep de Drummondville (Centre collégial d’expertise en gérontologie du Cégep de Drummondville) in the creation of a serious game aimed at preventing and countering bullying in private residences for seniors.

Lisa Manuel, Ontario
Lisa has been working in the social services field for over 25 years. Her first and continuing passion is working with seniors. She has worked in a variety of capacities as a staff person doing outreach and providing counselling supports to older people experiencing abuse. She has also worked as a manager supporting a team who provides prevention and intervention supports in this area, developing new programming such as an elder abuse consultation team and a safe haven for older people experiencing abuse (Pat's Place). Lisa is interested in deepening connections between the domestic violence and elder abuse fields and has worked at this intersection as a manager. As a trained researcher, she has participated on several research initiatives in elder abuse. As a senior Director of programs, she has a solid experience interacting with government officials and elected MPPs to advocate for the need for a comprehensive funded approach to working with community dwelling older adults who experience abuse.


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