Archive for March, 2013

ONPEA Assisted Communication Tool Training

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

Learn how to use the “pictorial” Assisted Communication Toolkit developed by ONPEA to assess for elder abuse. The Communication Tool Kit is designed to give a voice to victims of elder abuse who may not be able to express their situation because of an inability to speak, a reluctance to speak, or who communicate in a language that those around them may not be proficient in. This training will equip you with the practical skills needed to utilize the Toolkit in your work with vulnerable seniors.  The workshop will be presented by:

Tammy Rankin – Elder Abuse Advisor

Regional Municipality of Durham, Long Term Care & Services for Seniors Division, Tammy Rankin is a graduate of McMaster University Gerontology program and has been working with seniors for the past 20 years with the focus on Long Term Care.  Currently she is working in the role as Elder Abuse Advisor for the Regional Municipality of Durham.  Tammy has devoted both professional and volunteers hours addressing elder abuse in the community.

Sergeant John Keating – Seniors Support Coordinator Durham Regional Police

Sgt Keating has been a police officer for Durham Regional Police for the past 28 years working in a variety of jobs.  Sgt Keating is the first Senior Support Coordinator for DRPS.  John provides education,  raises awareness and  is an advocate on combating elder abuse and other crimes against seniors.  Sgt. Keating also hosts a weekly talk show on Rogers TV “Seniors Talk with Sgt. John” and also writes a weekly article for seniors in local newspapers.   Sgt. Keating has found this role to be his most rewarding to date during his career and his motto is “dignity and respect and nothing less” and this guides his work each day.

Jennifer Josephson – Seniors and Community Health Worker at Brock Community Health Centre

Jennifer has been working with the Brock Community Health Centre for 5 years. Her role as a community health worker has a strong focus on improving the health and wellbeing of our senior population. She is the current chair of the Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN).

Where: Victoria Road Recreation Centre
151 Victoria Rd N, Guelph

When: April 16th 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Registration: For information or to register please contact Heather Kooistra: 519-836-2222 ext. 257 or To open the registration form online please click here


Empowering Seniors – Elder Support Group Program

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

This is an eight week program designed for seniors in our community. This is an opportunity to connect with other seniors and learn about:

  • elder rights and how to maintain them
  • planning around safety and setting
  • boundaries
  • resolving conflicts
  • power of attorney/future planning
  • community resources and supports
  • financial awareness and potential fraud

Where: Mosaic Counselling and Family Services
400 Queen St S

When: April 11th-May 30th, 2013 – every Thursday
from 10:00am-12:00pm

Registration: registration is free, however there is limited enrolment. Please call Sandi Clark at 519-743-6333 ext 347 to register or e-mail her at



New Elder Abuse Law

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

A very informative article was in The Record last week regarding a new elder abuse law. Please click here to read the article.