Media Advisory - McGuinty government moves forward on Elder Abuse strategy

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Media Advisory - McGuinty government moves forward on Elder Abuse strategy

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

The First Strategy of its kind in Canada TORONTO, March 1 - Government and community partners from across Ontario will gather to share best practices at the annual Ontario Elder Abuse Conference as part of Ontario's Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse, the first strategy of its kind in Canada. The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat, the Ministry of the Attorney General, and the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA), are partners in implementing the strategy, and are jointly sponsoring this conference. Ted McMeekin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Seniors, George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Monique Smith Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, are speaking at the conference. The theme of this year's conference is Building on Experience: Innovation and Change. Highlights include in-depth, interactive workshops that showcase Ontario projects, as well as an exhibits marketplace. International speakers and presenters from other provinces will share the spotlight with Ontario experts in a total of 55 presentations. Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel 33 Gerrard Street West Toronto Date: March 1-2, 2004 Time: 8:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. Speakers: PA Ted McMeekin Date: March 1, 2004 Time: 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. - opening remarks Speaker: Minister George Smitherman Date: March 1, 2004 Time: 12:15 - 12:30 - lunch speaker Speaker: PA Monique Smith Date: March 2, 2004 Time: 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Conference sessions will examine issues and opportunities such as: - A Culturally Sensitive Outreach about Abuse and Neglect into Diverse Ethno-Communities - Rural Patterns of Helping: Reaching Out to Mistreated and Neglected Older People - Elder Abuse - Training the Professional - Best Practices Resource Guide for the Prevention of Abuse of Older Women Additional information regarding the conference and registration information is available at www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/seniors/english/elderabuse_registration.pdf and www.onpea.org. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/seniorsFor further information: Lucille Blainey, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, (416) 314-7389; Patti Munce, Office of the Minister Responsible for Seniors, (416) 585-6333