(check out our social platforms for lots of pics of the AGM)
Our hybrid 2023 AGE AGM was a big success. We welcomed Board Members, staff, GPA Certified Coaches and Certified Master Coaches, partners, friends and special guests. Ted Hudson, Director of Marketing for all Schlegel Villages, was our Guest Speaker. Ted spoke on the philosophy and history behind the popular podcast, Stories From the Green Bench, #ElderWisdom. This initiative honours the wisdom of elders and works to counter ageism and restore the elders of our society to a place of reverence. Thank you, Ted, for a most interesting and motivating talk.
Last night we also said goodbye to three AGE Board Members.
Henrietta Van hulle, Vice President, Client Outreach, Stakeholder & Government Relations at Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), has been a long-time volunteer AGE Board Member. Henri served eight years on the Board, including two terms as Chair of the AGE Board (2017 – 2020). Her expertise in health and safety, extensive knowledge of the sector and strong belief in dementia-care education for professional care staff have been invaluable to the growth of AGE and the spread of Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care. In honour of her long and dedicated service, AGE donated to the Alzheimer’s Society of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton.
Knowing Henri as we do, she may have reached her term limit as a Board Member, but we are confident she will continue to promote the value of GPA education and the efforts of the AGE Board and the AGE Team as we work together to spread GPA’s person-centered approach to dementia care across Canada and beyond.
We presented a special thank you gift to Board Member Michael Dwyer — something to take with him on his travels in this next exciting stage of life – retirement. Michael joined the Board in 2019. As a CPA, his wide-ranging, cross-sector financial experience in both the private and public sectors, particularly his expertise in accounting and the fields of investments and data collection and distribution, were invaluable to AGE’s growth. We also thank Michael for his service as Treasurer on the Board and for his always thoughtful and insightful approach to guiding AGE in its financial journey as a not-for-profit social enterprise. Michael’s gentle sense of humour will be missed on the Board. We wish him a wonderful and well-deserved retirement.
Dr. Andria Bianchi, Bioethicist and Clinician-Scientist at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, joined the Board in 2021 and quickly assumed the role of Chair of the Governance Committee. Her work ensured the Board continues to have sufficient professional expertise to fulfill its functional, ethical, and legal responsibilities. We thank Andria sincerely for her contributions to AGE and its mission, particularly as they relate to strengthening Board governance. We wish her well in the future. As a way of saying thank you for the time and energy she brought to this role, AGE has donated to the Alzheimer’s Society of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton.
At the 2023 AGE AGM, we also welcomed four new Members to the AGE Board. We are pleased and excited to have the following Members with us on our journey to spread person-centred dementia-care education.
Dr. Lori Schindel Martin, Director, Research Chair | Professor Emeritus, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Toronto Metropolitan University. Lori is one of the three founding Board Members of AGE Inc.
Jane Joris, Director, Vice Chair | General Manager of Long-Term Care, County of Lambton, Ontario
Karimah Alidina, Director, Governance & Human Resource Chair | Chief Nursing Executive, Runnymede Health Centre, Toronto
Brendan Brooks, Director | Chartered Financial Analyst