Nicole has spearheaded HelpAge Canada’s Digital Literacy programs since joining the organization in July 2020. This includes leading the development and delivery of the pan-Canadian Dig-IT program which provides tablets, data and digital literacy education paired with volunteer support to low-income seniors; as well as the Connected Elders and Youth program, a unique intergenerational digital learning program being delivered in eight communities that incorporates Inuit guiding principles for societal values, employs youth in each community as digital mentors and provides over 250 devices.
In addition to digital literacy, Nicole is overseeing HelpAge Canada’s granting program that combats social exclusion and creates innovative programming for low-income older Canadians, and is leading work related to Age-friendly transportation.
Prior to joining HelpAge Canada, Nicole worked to ensure diversity at the most senior levels of organizations across Canada, as an executive search consultant with a Diversity and Indigenous search practice. Working with organizations and communities coast to coast to coast has given Nicole an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and the disparity of needs in Canada. This drives her to ensure that both existing and new HelpAge Canada programs best respond to the priorities of older adults as they identify them, and the communities of which they are apart.
Identifying Innovation in Age-Friendly Transportation: A National Snapshot by F.A.S.T Track Canada
Nicole Perry, HelpAge Canada, Canada
Aislin O’Hara, O’Hara Aging + Accessibility Consulting, Canada
Jana Ray, CanAge, Canada
F.A.S.T. Track (Funding Accelerator for Seniors Transportation) Canada has placed a national call to communities across the country to create a pan-Canadian snapshot of the gaps in senior’s transportation. Through direct engagement with municipalities, government and transportation providers, F.A.S.T Track aims to produce a menu of identified innovation options that are ready to be replicated and scaled to close the gap in age-inclusive transportation Lack of appropriate transportation options is a critical concern for Canada’s older adults who face isolation and other physical and mental health risk factors as a result. Senior’s transportation is often approached with patchwork ad-hoc solutions that leave communities and providers siloed. It’s time to fast track Canada’s seniors transportation solutions in a way that effectively meets the needs of our fastest growing demographic. This workshop will serve as F.A.S.T Track Canada’s first unveiling of key findings regarding gaps, barriers and solutions for senior’s transportation on a national level.
During the workshop, F.A.S.T. Track project leads Aislin O’Hara, Jana Ray, and Nicole Perry will present findings and lead a collaborative facilitated discussion on emerging trends and promising practices for age-friendly transportation both in Canada and in other G7 countries. Delegates will have the opportunity to share their observations on gaps and innovations through their unique lens of experience and expertise of age-friendly cities and communities. Delegates will build knowledge and help shape the definition of innovation within this sector; particularly in the areas of policy, technology and partnership. It is critical that delegates become a part of this initiative in order to rapidly transform Canada’s age-friendly transportation sector.
Discoveries from this workshop will allow F.A.S.T Track to further refine the findings identified within the national snapshot to ensure a clear articulation of the seniors transportation landscape is achieved. The final outcome will be a suite of innovation options that are ready to be implemented or scaled across the country. Delegates will also be invited to the first ever Canadian Seniors Transportation Innovation Conference and Awards, hosted by F.A.S.T Track and slated for February 2022.