Symposium Speakers

From Fragmentation to Cohesion: Innovative Approaches to Addressing Sexual & Domestic Violence in Older Adults

Join us for an interactive day of knowledge exchange and learn about different international initiatives addressing sexual and domestic violence. Lend your voice and insights into how these ideas might be applied and adapted to Ontario during expert-moderated panel discussion sessions.

Working together we can make a difference!

Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Gloria Gutman

Vice-President, International Longevity Centre Canada, Professor/Director Emerita Simon Fraser University Gerontology Dept.& Gerontology Research Centre

Dr. Patricia Brownell

Associate Professor Emerita of Social Service, Fordham University

Janice Abbott

Chief Executive Officer, Atira Women's Resource Society

Dr. Jane Mears

Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney Australia, School of Social Services

Laura Tamblyn Watts

Master of Ceremonies – Laura Tamblyn Watts

Chantal Bennett

Chantal Bennett, Social Worker, York Regional Police

Janice Du Mont, EdD

Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health, Women’s College Hospital

Baldev Mutta

Chief Executive Officer, Punjabi Community Health Services in Peel Region

Heather Thompson

Manager of Age-Friendly Initiatives, Community Development Halton, Halton Region.

Constable Amanda Bitter

Constable Amanda Bitter -Community Services-Seniors Safety Officer, York Regional Police

Constable Bussie Wood

Police Constable-Community Services-Seniors Safety Officer, York Regional Police

Margaret MacPherson

Project Coordinator, It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children Western Education, Western University

Birgit Niggebaum-Purvis

Senior Transitional and Housing Support Counsellor