Seniors Social Inclusion Summit / Sommet sur l’inclusion sociale des aînés

Dec 3, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

 200 Coventry Road (Ottawa Conference and Event Centre)


9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
Sarah Bercier, The Council on Aging of Ottawa

Setting the Context of Seniors Social Inclusion in Ottawa: Explore,  Experience, and Exchange
Dianne Urquhart, Social Planning Council of Ottawa
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Trevor Arnason, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Social isolation as a social health issue for diverse groups of seniors

10:30 AM  BREAK
10:45 AM   Session #1: Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected – Sustaining our Work
Creating Community for Ethnocultural Minority Seniors, Social Planning Council of Ottawa
Sybil Braganza

English Conversation Circles for Seniors, Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa
Silvana Valentone

Healthy Connections; Healthy Communities, Ottawa West Community Support
Alice Hutton

Strengthening Seniors Neighbourhood Networks, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
Lydia Botros and MaryAnn Jenkins

Elder Abuse Response and Referral Service, Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre 
Andréa Katz and Brad Spooner

Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected, The Council on Aging of Ottawa
Bonnie Schroeder

12:30 PM  LUNCH
01:30 PM Session #2: Emerging community programs and research
Finding Connection and Community in the Comfort of Home
Laura Ward, Program Coordinator, Seniors Centre Without Walls
A Friendly Voice
Rural Ottawa Seniors Support Services

Social Prescribing
Janis Dahl, Health Promoter, Centretown Community Health Centre

Socially Inclusive environments: Emerging Research
Renate Ysseldyk, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University

02:45 PM  BREAK
03:00 PM  Session #3: Panel Discussion: Commitment to Inclusion and Sustainability
Inclusion in our community from the perspectives of age, culture, accessibility, and socioeconomic status

Someone wrote, “diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard.” How do we create a sense of inclusion and belonging for diverse groups in our community?

Moderator: George Hartsgrove, Chair, Social Inclusion Committee


Pat Kelly, Bronson Hub
Sybil Braganza, Creating Communities with Ethnocultural Minority Seniors, Social Planning Council of Ottawa
Thony Jean-Baptiste, Citizen Advocacy
Linda Lalonde, Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network
Cinthia Pagé, City of Ottawa, Community and Social Services 

3:55 PM Closing Remarks