Graduated in Business Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada and completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Fundraising School at Indiana University. Acted as President of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Quebec, Member of AFP Canada Foundation, Member of the AFP Committee on publications, Member of Peer Review Committees for funding projects in Health and Social Services, Member of Consulting Committees on Public and Private Pension Funds and Ageing Workforce and Active Living for Senior. Gave conferences on Ageing Challenges and Solutions, Strategic Planning and Corporate relations. Worked as Manager and Executive Director for various Foundations. Was appointed Executive Director of FADOQ Network (Federation for Ageing in Dignity and Overall Quality) in November 2008.
Senior-Aware: Recognizing and Curtailing Elderly Bullying
In November 2010, the Réseau FADOQ launched, in partnership with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal), the Senior-Aware program to help prevent abuse and fraud against older adults. Information sessions last approximately one hour and are conducted by an elderly volunteer and a professional (such as a police officer). Short videos are used to generate discussion amongst participants. To date, more than 50,000 people have attended the Senior-Aware sessions.
In 2017, a new component has been added to the program. The goal is to raise awareness on an issue of growing concern: bullying.
In 2012, the Québec government took a stand against bullying and passed its first anti-bullying law. While progress has been made in tackling this pervasive problem in Québec’s schools, much remains to be done to end bullying on a larger scale.
Very little emphasis has been placed on elderly bullying. However, bullying is a very big part of what older adults live when they are being abused or mistreated. Moreover, evidence gathered from assisted living facilities and senior centers dispels the myth that bullying only occurs amongst children and adolescents. Peer-to-peer bullying in seniors’ communities really is a prevalent issue. Bullying situations can arise from something as simple as choosing where to sit in a shared dining room or trying to participate in recreational activities. The unavoidable common areas in retirement homes (living rooms, corridors, recreational areas, etc.), set the stage for such conflicts, especially considering that many seniors are accustomed to living on their own.
The Senior-Aware program covers the following topics to help prevent bullying based on research literature, policy and practice evidence: definition of bullying, characteristics of bullying among older adults, recognizing potential bullying situations, types of bullying, risk and protective factors, anti-bullying resources.
As Québec’s senior population continues to grow, the Senior-Aware prevention program can be used for educating seniors and professionals. We must keep our eyes open for various types of bullying behavior and work hand in hand to create a culture of “standing up and speaking out” against bullying – not only amongst youth.