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Date: October 1st
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Simon Fraser University presents an honest discussion with a group of speakers, include the Seniors Advocate, health care providers, care home administrators and safety association representatives.


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a powerful—and painful—wake-up call to the systemic gaps in our long-term care sector, with 82 per cent of pandemic-related deaths in Canada happening in care homes.
Frontline workers and health care staff have made heroic efforts in this time of crisis, but they face the long-standing challenges of Canada’s underfunded and devalued long-term care system. For years, seniors’ advocates have been calling for policy reforms to address issues of frontline staff shortages, low wages, inconsistent staffing and outdated physical infrastructure. How many deaths could have been avoided if appropriate investments and changes had been made before the pandemic surfaced?
On National Seniors Day, join us to engage in an honest discussion about how to create a community of care that provides older adults with a safe and supportive environment while maintaining their dignity, values and comfort, during and beyond the pandemic.
Each speaker – including health care providers, care home administrators and safety association representatives – will give a brief presentation of their experience during the pandemic, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


Thursday, October 01, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 PM


Online Event
A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.



Habib Chaudhury
Chair and Professor, SFU Department of Gerontology

Isobel Mackenzie

BC Seniors Advocate

Dan Levitt

Executive Director, Tabor Village
Jennifer Lyle

Chief Executive Officer, SafeCare BC
Joy Parsons
Chief Executive Officer, Fair Haven Homes Society
Jo-Ann Tait
Executive Director, Regional Long-Term Care, Assisted Living and Supported Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health