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The CNPEA Annual General Meeting will take place
onTuesday, September 27, 2022
from 10 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) / 
from 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern time)



Reminder: To attend the AGM you must register at the link above.
Once you have registered, you will receive an automated email that will allow you to join the virtual meeting on the 27th.

On September 27, join us to elect new Board members and hear about the Network's latest activities.  See the agenda


Election of Board Members
  • The Annual General Meeting will be held by Zoom onTuesday, September 27, 2022 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 during the AGM. 
    How do I know if I'm a member? If you receive our monthly newsletters, you are a member and are entitled to vote. 
  • Given the number of applicants selected to fill the vacant positions, the CNPEA membership will vote on the Slate of Candidates as a whole. 


Slate of Nominees


mebedard profile picMarie-Ève Bédard, Québec
Marie-Ève ​​Bédard holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in gerontology from the University of Sherbrooke. She is a principal researcher at the Collegial Center for Expertise in Gerontology (CCEG) at Cégep de Drummondville.Her research expertise includes: populations in vulnerable situations, including LGBT+ older adults; mistreatment and bullying of older adults; domestic violence among older adults; social participation of older adults, including defense of rights and intergenerationality; quality living environments for older adults.She has led and leads several action-research projects, including: Healthier, Safer, Welcoming and Inclusive Private Residences with a Serious Game Aiming to Prevent and Counter Mistreatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Older Adults (LGBT+) (2020-2022) ; Violence within elderly couples living at home during confinement: strengthening the feeling of security through a better understanding of these situations, and the production, distribution and evaluation of awareness-raising video clips (2021-2023); Promoting practices to prevent or counter the stigmatization of older adults with dementia in their community and promoting their inclusion (2021-2023).Marie-Ève ​​is a social gerontologist whose work contributes to the health — physical, mental and financial — well-being, quality of life and safety of older adults, both in Quebec and internationally

david burnes croppedDavid Burnes, Ontario
Dr. Burnes is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. He holds a Canada Research Chair on Older Adult Mistreatment Prevention. Dr. Burnes completed a PhD at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, concentrating in gerontology and advanced practice.His program of research focuses on the issue of elder mistreatment, including the development of basic science (risk factors, prevalence, severity) and the design, evaluation, and measurement of interventions to prevent the mistreatment of older adults. He advises major international organizations on these topics, such as the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Burnes has worked with both the Canadian and Ontario governments to identify elder mistreatment risk factors and work toward the development a system of response to support older adult victims and their families.He also advises non-profit organizations, such as state-level adult protective services programs, on the development and implementation of elder abuse support programs and prevention strategies. Dr. Burnes’ “RISE” model of elder mistreatment intervention is currently being implemented across the state of Maine. His interest in elder mistreatment stems from both family experience and clinical practice with older adults.


sean_fitch.jpgSean Fitch, Ontario
Sean has over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, having held progressive roles in agencies, higher education, non-profits and healthcare. He is currently Director of Marketing at Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres (CATC), Canada's largest accredited provider of treatment and recovery services for substance use disorder and addictive behaviours. Having entered the seniors' space at Canadian Association of Retired Persons in 2019, and then joining CanAge as Director of Marketing and Communications, Sean has a vested passion for issues affecting older Canadians. He worked for several years in collaboration with CNPEA on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day initiatives, building momentum year over year and engaging policymakers, members of the public and the broader sector on protecting older adults' rights. He is a compassionate communicator and business leader, bringing a person-centered lens to communications that drive people to care and take action. When he's not working, he can be found walking his dog, playing strategy board games with friends or thrifting for vintage clothing.

andrew iaboniAndrew Iaboni, Ontario
Andrew Iaboni brings 20 years of financial leadership experience to the Board. Andrew holds a CPA designation and received a Bachelor of Commerce and Major in Economics from the University of Toronto. Andrew is currently working in the real estate industry for a private equity owned global property management company and servers as Global Vice President, Corporate Finance.



ken kuhnKen Kuhn, British Columbia
Ken went to UBC & U of Oregon to receive his MBA & MSc degrees, and taught business courses in the Coquitlam School District, BCIT, & UBC. Ken retired from teaching about twelve years ago.Ken spends his retirement life “paying it forward” on seniors’ issues as Executive Director of the Tri-Cities Seniors’ Action Society (TCSAS) & Coordinator of the New Horizons Grants received by the TCSAS. Ken has written three successful NHSP grants over the last three years as well as a UBCM Age-Friendly grant for the City of Port Moody. As ED of TCSAS, Ken has organized several free events for seniors such as: Age-Friendly Tri-Cities, WorldFest—A Seniors’ Celebration of Cultures, the Elder Abuse & Wellness Forum, and Pathways to Better Health Forum.Ken is also a Regional Mentor for Fraser Valley West for the BC Association of Community Response Networks to promote Awareness of Adult Abuse. His network area includes the Lower Mainland communities of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody), Maple Ridge, New Westminster, and Burnaby. Ken frequently offers workshops in adult abuse awareness in the Lower Mainland.Ken promotes immunization awareness for seniors in workshops and media through an educational grant from Sanofi-Pasteur Ken has a passion for seniors’ issues: abuse awareness and prevention, advocating for healthy aging, and keeping seniors connected in their communities. 



claire checklandClaire 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 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. 


photo denise lemire 2022Denise 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 homophobia in private residences for seniors. In 2022, Denise led the creation of CNPEA's first Francophone Table.

lisa manuel 2018Lisa 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.

michelemarkham profilepicMichele 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.


gregnoseworthy profilepic 2020Greg 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 focused 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 focused organisations across Newfoundland and Labrador.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 organizations. As a young man in one of the oldest provinces in the country, Greg recognizes 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.



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