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Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:00-2.00 PM EST

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is pleased to collaborate with Atira’s Women’s Resource Society on this Fireside Chat organized by CHNET-Works!

This webinar will showcase a promising practices document created by women from a network of women- and elder-serving organizations from across Canada, all of which offer programs accessible to women who are older and fleeing violence or abuse. 

The document explores women’s lives across race, class, gender, sexual orientation and ability; women who are older and fleeing abuse are from all walks of life.

Promising Practices challenges assumptions about women who are older, warns against stereotyping and reflects a lived experience, identifying what practitioners and women who are older want, to meet their unique needs.

Community development, counselling, domestic violence, healthcare provider, housing/shelter, seniors services, victim support, elder abuse professionals.


Janice Abbott           

Janice Abbott

Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992. She has lead the Society through its incredible growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey, BC with a staff of seven to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 500 staff. She has headed up numerous innovative capital projects including Canada’s first multi-unit recycled shipping container housing development, which was completed in August 2013.

Throughout Atira’s herstory, Janice has championed barrier-free and low-barrier access to programs and services for women, ensuring Atira’s programs are accessible to all women affected by violence, including women who have traditionally been marginalized by mainstream society. She developed and works to honour in her daily practice and in her life Atira’s anti-oppression framework.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s Denise LaBlond Award, recognizing her dedication and vision in affordable housing in BC, and the Ernst & Young 2010 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Margaret Peters        
Margaret PetersMargaret Peters is the Social Development and Education Worker for the Yale First Nations since March 2014.      
Margaret holds a Social Service Diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley College and has several years of volunteer and work experience with women, children, youth, and community. As the Social Development and Education Worker for Yale First Nation, she is responsible for client intake, assessment, eligibility for income assistance, and financial reporting, as well as education and career counselling.

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