A Reception with refreshments begins from 6:30pm with the speakers to start from 7pm.
Jacques Bertrand is Executive Director of HelpAge Canada, a cofounding member of HelpAge International, a humanitarian organization based in London (UK) dedicated to promoting the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable seniors globally. HelpAge Cda directly supports programs in seven countries. In Ottawa, the organization addresses the social isolation and loneliness of seniors through a theatre group, intergenerational mentoring and networking with other organizations. HelpAge Cda helped to create and supports the work of the Nunavut Seniors Society. With partners all over Canada it has launched the RISE campaign (Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere) to reduce the social isolation of Canadian seniors.
Sandra Cardillo is an advocate who has served seniors in the community, long term care, and social and community services for over 20 years in a variety of senior leadership roles in Toronto and York Region.
Mary Hynes is former Chair of the Older Women’s Network (OWN) located on The Esplanade. Since 1988 OWN has been a voice for the interests and needs of women 55 and over. OWN’s work has included, seeking to expand opportunities for older women in the workforce, pressing governments for economic security for older women, advocating for affordable housing, and helping to prevent the isolation of older women through a wide variety of local programming.