Sadly, despite being pillars of the community and the family, elders are abused regularly. “It’s Not Right” is a campaign to change the conversation to stop the abuse of older adults. The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Elder Abuse Ontario and Western University have collaborated to provide a program to help everyday citizens combat elder abuse. They have started a provincial initiative to engage community members to challenge social norms and encourage bystander interventions in support of at-risk seniors.

Regional workshops are being held across the province, and the closest one to the Eganville Area is in Ottawa on March 31st, on Sioux Lookout. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided, as well as travel subsidies is you travel more than 150 km to attend (check out their website to see the full schedule and locations). This event is highly recommended for professionals, advocates or citizens who work in the area of older adults’ safety, and/or elder abuse education. However, the champion role requires experience with public speaking and making presentations. Be prepared to take action by committing to making a minimum of 3 INR presentations by Fall 2017 and supporting a regional plan to engage your community in this movement.

At the one-day regional workshop, you will:

  • Learn about It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults (INR-NFF)- a proven, high-performing education and engagement tool
  • Meet other passionate advocates and professionals who have been identified as leaders and influencers
  • Set highly do-able goals and make a co-ordinated regional plan to engage their community
  • Take away the INR-NFF tools and materials to be able to deliver presentations. Each participant will commit to delivering a minimum of 3 INR-NFF presentations by Fall 2017 and supporting the new regional plan.

Registration is free, but spaces are limited. Register ASAP at http://itsnotright.ca/you-power-start-movement-2017. Contact Barb Potter at 519-661-2111 ext. 87486, or email her at bpotter@uwo.ca for more information.