Executive Director, HelpAge Canada
Gregor has been with HelpAge Canada since December 2019, just in time to lead Canada’s first pan-Canadian COVID-19 Emergency Relief response for seniors. Gregor is proud of the HelpAge Canada team who have grown the organization three-fold, focusing in Canada on low-income and marginalized older people with national digital literacy programming, a national age-friendly transportation project, the Men’s Sheds initiative and the Seniors Can! grant program providing mobility and communication enhancing devices and innovative programming for seniors. He also leads the international portfolio with humanitarian relief for seniors in several countries, a ‘Sponsor A Grandparent’ Program, and a current humanitarian project funded by Global Affairs Canada in Ethiopia.
United Nations Ten Years of Healthy Aging: Participatory Video Project Manitoulin Island 2021
Senior Associate (Portugal)
Tricia is an experienced InsightShare-trained Participatory Video facilitator, as well as being a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and Founder Director of DigiTales, a research and digital storytelling company established in 2008. She started her career as one of the first media studies/media production teachers in further education in London in the early 1980s, and has worked in education and community settings, using media to stimulate dialogue and promote change throughout her professional life. She is currently project manager (maternity cover) of the Voice Participatory Video (PV) project for the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing and is delivering one of the PV workshops in Jordan in August 2021. She was awarded her PhD in May 2021 for the ethnographic study: What’s My Story? Reframing the lives of older people through digital storytelling.
Justin Derbyshire is the Chief Executive at HelpAge International, an international organisation that works with older people to claim their rights, challenge discrimination, and overcome poverty, such that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.
In his time to date, Justin has driven the strategic review of the organisation and overseen the implementation of HelpAge International’s change process marked by a shift from a traditional NGO delivery model to a network model, that focuses HelpAge on being a supporter, convenor and a thought leader for its network members and partners.
Justin has represented HelpAge at the Commission on the Status of Women, the G20, World Health Assembly and the World Economic Forum. He is a trustee of the International Civil Society Centre.
Gregor Sneddon, HelpAge Canada, Canada
Tricia Jenkins, Insight Share
Justin Derbyshire, HelpAge International
In August of 2021, eight elders from five First Nations on Manitoulin Island created a Participatory Video (PV) for the World Health Organization (WHO) United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging. One of six countries participating in the PV project, the elders of Manitoulin Island tell a compelling story. This workshop will include a presentation of the UN Decade of Healthy Aging and a screening of the video created with the hope of engaging in meaningful dialogue.
Following the 2002 United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), in 2016 the WHO Global Strategy on Ageing and Health was launched. The second phase of the Global Strategy is a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030. The Decade is envisaged as a global collaboration with the potential to build on and strengthen existing synergies, align with UN reform, contribute to the progressive realization of the rights of all older people everywhere to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, and harness the social and economic opportunities that population ageing provides. The Decade’s vision is for a world where all people can live a long and healthy life. It represents a new opportunity to make efforts to foster Healthy Ageing with 4 Action Areas:
- Changing how we think, feel and act towards age and ageing
- Developing communities in ways that foster the abilities of older people
- Strengthening primary health care to be responsive to older people
- Providing older people who need it access to long-term care.
Critical to the Implementation of the Action Areas is “listening to diverse voices and enabling meaningful engagement of older people, family members, caregivers, young people and communities”.
“Voice” is a commonly used category in social anthropology, closely associated voice with individuality, agency, authority, representation, participation, identity and power. Voice can be ‘captured’ through various methods now increasingly being employed in community based participatory research, including in health, education and social development.
Participatory Video is a visual media tool using a set of facilitated techniques that has evolved over the last fifty years to become a powerful collaborative tool to explore issues and mobilise people to take collective action. It has a growing global community of practice and is recognized as a tool for positive social change and building feelings of inclusion and confidence. The idea behind PV is that making a video is easy and accessible and mobilises people or a community to tell their stories and control how that will be represented while exploring issues, voicing concerns and discussing these with others. PV films draw their creative power from the authenticity of their content.
While older people may not be video experts, they are experts in their own lives. This video speaks for itself and will spark meaningful discussion in relation to the UN Decade of Healthy Aging.