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We connect people and organizations, foster the exchange of reliable information, and advance program and policy development on issues related to preventing the abuse of older adults. We do this work at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, and national levels.


We envision and work toward a Canadian society where older adults are valued, respected, and live free from abuse.

We strive to be the Canadian leader in our field—sharing information and coordinating resources for the prevention of elder abuse.

Values and Principles

Collaboration and Coordination - We provide opportunities for knowledge-sharing to build the capacity of Canada to respond to and prevent the abuse of older adults.

Respect and Inclusivity - We respect older people’s rights and autonomy. We celebrate diversity in all its forms.

Credibility and Accountability - We are accountable to hub users that we will only disseminate evidence-based research, information, and current/promising approaches to inform program and policy development.

Innovation - We seek and promote new and creative approaches.

Our Structure

The network is led by a pan Canadian board of directors who each bring their passion and varied expertise. The network has a membership of individuals and organizations from across Canada who come from all walks of life and who care about older adults and the prevention of harm in later life.
Becoming a member

CNPEA is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency 
Charitable Registration Number: 866840523 RR0001


Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of seniors, individuals from organizations that serve or represent seniors, service providers, including police, individuals in government, and academics. The board is nominated from the membership once a year and meets monthly. As a working board, members serve on one or more special committees.

For any inquiry, contact 

  • CNPEA co-Chairs: Kathy Majowski and Sandra Hirst
  • CNPEA Executive Director: Bénédicte Schoepflin


Board of Directors

Judy Beranger, Newfoundland and Labradorjudy beranger
Judy M. Beranger is an educator, counsellor, mediator, and author. She is Vice-Chairperson of SeniorsNL, President of Family Mediation Canada and a Past President of the Elder Mediation International Network, (EMIN). She is a nationally Family Comprehensive certified advanced Mediator and Nationally and internationally Advanced certified Elder Mediator.  She is passionate about the importance of reducing ageism in our society and as a result reducing the likelihood of abuse and neglect. Judy has chaired nine world summits on Mediation with age-related issues. She was part of the development of the recently released International "Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults" Document. In 2012 Judy authored a report for Justice Canada: Exploring the Role of Elder Mediation in the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Judy is the recipient of several National Leadership Awards and an International Award for her global work in pioneering the specialty of Mediation with age-related issues.

Claire Checkland, Stittsville, 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. 

Meghan Derkach, Vernon, British Columbia
Meghan is currently Secretary of the Boardmeghan derkach 2019
Meghan completed her BSW with a Specialization in Aging in 2014 and is currently enrolled in a health focused MSW program through the University of Waterloo. Her passion includes age-friendly community development, aging-in-place initiatives, and rural supports. Meghan is the Executive Director at Cherryville Community Food & Resources and has committed to increasing resources and supports to seniors within her rural community including a meal program, social check-ins, system navigation supports, transportation, among others. Meghan has been part of the CNPEA as secretary of the Board for two years and has valued her time with such a large-scale initiative of addressing elder abuse through provincial/territorial and national policy development, and believes it is vital to protect older persons so they can age safely with dignity and respect.

Andrew Elinesky, Toronto, Ontario andrewelinesky 2020

Andrew is currently Treasurer of the Board
 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.


Sharon Elliott, Nova Scotiasharon elliott
Sharon has worked for over 25 years at the community level promoting the safety, security, and well-being of seniors. Working alongside the Annapolis District RCMP since 1996, she is responsible for implementing and developing the first Seniors Safety Program in NS, and has supported its continued growth and expansion across the province. Working within a policing environment, Sharon has been able to support many strategic priorities in policing with a dedicated focus on the senior population in rural communities.  She has developed numerous crime prevention initiatives and is a passionate social justice advocate. She is also a trained Restorative Justice facilitator, and has been a key partner in the development of a Restorative Approach to Senior Safety and Elder Abuse Prevention in NS.
Sharon also has a background working with Victims’ Services under the Provincial Department of Justice and with policing services, as well. Sharon has a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, Certificate in Criminology, and numerous training opportunities through policing promoting safety. She enjoys living in beautiful rural NS with her husband, two children, cats, and two pet Clydesdales.

Marta Hajek, Toronto, Ontariomartahajek sep2019 crop
As Executive Director for Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, Marta has been working diligently with the Ontario government to build a stronger presence in the community; to advance the priorities of the ON Strategy and to build sustainable partnerships with agencies and other stakeholders. In the end, all EAPO strategic approaches aim towards improving the quality of life, for the most vulnerable Canadians, helping build community capacity to address the growing complexity of needs of vulnerable at-risk older adults or providing supports to their families and caregivers. Marta is currently serving her 3rd term appointment to the Ontario Securities Commission’s Senior Experts Advisory Committee. 

Sandra Hirst, Calgary, Alberta
Sandra is currently co-Chair of the Boardsandra hirst sept2019
Sandra P. Hirst RN, PhD, GNC(C) has held a number of leadership positions in gerontology including president of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association; president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and president of the Alberta Association of Gerontology. Sandra has completed a three-year appointment from the Prime Minister to sit on the National Seniors Council. She currently sits on the Board of the IFA. Her areas of research and related scholarship focus on abuse and neglect of older adults, and the experiences of older adults who reside in long term care facilities. In 2012, she received the Jeanne Mance Award from the Canadian Nurses Association, the highest honour that a registered nurse can receive from her peers.


Jennifer Josephson, Ontariojennifer josephson
Jennifer Josephson has worked with older adults for over 20 years graduating with a Recreation and Leisure background. She started her career in long term care and retirement home settings in activation and adult day programs. In 2008 she expanded her education and experience in elder abuse, community health, and systems navigation by joining the Brock Community Health Centre as the Seniors and Community Health Worker within the Community Development Health Promotion Team. In this role she is working directly with older adults in the community, assisting them with connections to programs and services, creating and implementing various health promotion opportunities and food security programming within Brock Township and surrounding areas. This role has allowed her to work directly with police and other service providers on issues related to seniors safety and elder abuse. Since 2010, Jennifer has chaired the Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN) and completed a 1 year secondment with Durham Regional Police Services in a civilian position within the Seniors Response Unit. In 2020 Jennifer was the proud recipient of the first ever Tammy Rankin Legacy Award and of the Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario Recognition Award for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Besides her professional portfolio she is also a proud mother of 2 amazing boys Owen and Ben and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends participating in community activities and sports.

Dr. Rose Joudi, Albertaimg rosejoudi cropped
Rose Joudi, BSc (Psych), BA Psych (Hons), MSc Psych (Hons) and Ph.D. (Psych) is an Aging and Ethnic Diversity Consultant with more than 15 years of academic and research experience in the Psychology of Aging. Rose has worked with various stakeholders focusing on supporting the needs of vulnerable, marginalized and ethnically diverse populations. As a person who is from a visible minority and bilingual in English and Arabic, Rose believes that understanding the diverse backgrounds and needs of our older adults should be part of any well-being approach. She finds it imperative that professionals are encouraged and supported in using culturally competent strategies as well as holistic approaches when working with older adults. Rose is passionate about enhancing quality of life of older persons, protecting them from exploitation, supporting coping and resilience strategies that promote successful ageing, and ensuring that diversity is acknowledged in professional and community settings. 

Jodi Lee-White, New Brunswick     2016 headshot jodileewhite cropped
After starting out in private practice, Jodi undertook various roles in her professional association with exposure to a wide variety of legal issues. In 2014, she returned to her roots in estate planning, starting a mobile legal practice preparing Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives.

She participates in various professional activities with the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society’s Bar Admission course and was a member of the NB Power of Attorney Action Group, a multi-disciplinary group of professionals who successfully advocated for new Enduring Powers of Attorney legislation which came into force in 2020. 

She presents regularly to professionals and the public on estate planning topics including the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act, encouraging everyone over the age of majority to have valid, up-to-date, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney with sufficient checks and balances to ensure their long-term care, autonomy and dignity is respected.

Denise Lemire, Orléans, Ontariophoto denise lemire 2020
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.

Kathy Majowski, West Saint Paul, Manitoba kathymajowski dec2020

Kathy is currently co-Chair of the Board
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.

Lisa Manuel, Toronto, Ontariolisa manuel 2018
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.

Michele Markham, Edmonton, Albertamichelemarkham profilepic
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.

Suzette Montreuil, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
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.

Greg Noseworthy, St John's, Newfoundlandgregnoseworthy profilepic 2020
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.

Amy Peirone, Ontario amy peirone pic cropped
Having recently completed her Ph.D. in Sociology with a Specialization in Social Justice, Dr. Amy Peirone is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research expertise is in research methodology and the study of various forms of violence. Amy’s current research explores the distinct types of intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by males and females in Canada and the multi-level factors related to these abusive experiences. In addition to her postdoctoral research, Amy is currently an Instructor at St. Clair College, where she teaches Criminology as well as Law, Power, and Social Justice. Other roles that Amy has taken on include Co-Director for the University of Windsor’s Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence Against Women, Coordinator for the Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee Windsor-Essex, and Amy is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors at St. Leonard’s House Windsor, a halfway house for federal offenders. 


Honorary member
Elizabeth Podnieks, Toronto, OntarioScreen Shot 2015 03 06 at 10.45.23 AM
Elizabeth is one of the founding members of three key organizations in this area: Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA), CNPEA~RCPMTA, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). She has served on the Executive for all three bodies and has actively promoted the value of Networks at all levels.

She was the architect of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in 2003 and Chair of the WEAAD Steering Committee.

For nearly a quarter century, Elizabeth has conducted research and published extensively in the area of abuse and neglect, as well as having supported the efforts of others. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops, scientific and educational meetings at both the national and international level.

She received the Order of Canada for her work in the area of abuse prevention, including the first Canadian incidence study in 1989. On June 14th, 2012, she also received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her lifetime commitment and efforts. Elizabeth was recently elected honorary director of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. (United States)

She has been the source of passion and imagination on numerous initiatives in this area. She generated the project "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in Cyberspace" working with national and international partners to harness social media in raising awareness of senior abuse.

Elizabeth received the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) National Rosalie Wolf Award 2013 and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)International Rosalie Wolf Award for 2013, becoming the first person to be the recipient of two Rosalie Wolf awards in the same year.

Strategic Objectives for 2019-2024

cover strategicplan 2019Since the launch of the Hub in 2015, CNPEA’s membership and reach increased by 35%, and CNPEA continues to ensure that projects and tools being developed are not lost, due to lack of dissemination or isolation. We also continue to build relationships with stakeholders, governments, and organizations, across sectors and disciplines to support our strategic goals. Over the past few years, CNPEA has also led projects on family violence and access to justice for older victims of sexual assault.

In order to support the Network’s expansion and CNPEA’s growth as a leader in knowledge exchange on elder abuse prevention and intervention in Canada and internationally, the Board of Directors has developed a new Strategic Planning for 2019-2024. This document presents the main pillars of this plan.

Strategic Plan Review


Knowledge Sharing Project (2013-2016)

The CNPEA Knowledge Sharing Project was a three-year initiative to support the exchange of ideas and resources among key stakeholders who are working to prevent and respond to elder abuse in Canada. Key goals of the Knowledge Sharing Project:

  1. Create mechanisms for sharing information about promising approaches in elder abuse prevention and response. This website exists to realize that goal. It is a national electronic hub for connecting service providers and seniors’ organizations. The hub serves as a central point of contact for elder abuse information and resources across Canada.

  2. Increase the capacity of organizations and networks to prevent and respond to cases of elder abuse, by
    • facilitating access to reliable information and key resources
    • connecting stakeholders to each other through the hub

Welcome to
the Knowledge-Sharing Hub!

What is it?

  • A user-friendly website, informed by the expertise of CNPEA members. The content of this site is curated for and provided by elder abuse stakeholders from across the country.

  • An interactive way to connect and collaborate with your peers and with experts, to share and find recent resources, and to blog about your views.

  • A national platform - ideal to disseminate your research to a diverse audience.

  • An overview of available resources, publications, research and promising projects for community members and stakeholders involved in a variety of sectors and disciplines.

  • A source of information for elders in need.

    Find it all here.

 Explore the Hub...


  • Browse our blog and resources. You can consult them by chronological order or by using the "Browse by Tag" option at the top right-hand corner of the page.

2- Be part of the community:

  • Become a member (it's free) and stay informed of the latest news via our monthly newsletter
  • Discover our online community at large: on Twitter, on Facebook or on LinkedIn. Connect with us in the way that suits you best.

3- Share your views

4- Provide feedback

  • Use the "Feedback/Ideas" red tab on the left-hand side of your screen to let us know about your experience


The Knowledge-Sharing Hub was funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (2013-2016). 


Thank You to Our Supporters and Sponsors

CNPEA would like to thank our generous sponsors who contribute to the sustainability of our knowledge-sharing hub

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