Two Learning Opportunities

Consider attending both of these free learning opportunities.

On October 16, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12 pm: Frauds and Scams, presented by Kevin Haarhoff, Senior Investigator, CorporateSecurity, First West Credit Union. In this provincial learning event, participants can expect to learn:

  • What frauds and scams are currently trending

  • Prevention tips and tactics.

  • What online banking fraud is, and how to protect yourself online.

  • Information and resources on where to get more information to learn more.

Kevin Haarhoff is a Senior Investigator in the Corporate Security Department with First West Credit Union, which has multiple divisions including Envision Financial, Valley First, and Island Savings. He has spent the last 13 years investigating a variety of financial crimes, as well as training employees and the community in fraud prevention.

He is also a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator - a designation he received from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. Kevin also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a certificate in Forensic Investigations – Economic Crime from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

He is passionate about volunteering and especially enjoys working with community and seniors’ groups to promote fraud prevention initiatives.

Provincial Learning Events are toll-free teleconferences that take place the third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Email to receive notifications of upcoming teleconferences and to receive dial-in info. Access materials for previous events.


Elder Abuse Ontario Webinar

Reducing Social Isolation of LGBTQ2S+ Older Adults through the Pals Connect Program

Wednesday October 17th, 2018

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Isolation is a growing issue that is strongly linked to the decline of health and well being in older age. Studies have shown that isolation increases vulnerability to abuse and that abuse can also lead to increased isolation. This is why efforts to identify isolation and improve social support are an important part of preventing elder abuse.

It is estimated that there are over 210,000 LGBTQ2S+ seniors in Ontario, many of whom are experiencing isolation. Since 2018, with support from the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, The 519 developed the Pals Connect Friendly Visiting Program to reduce social isolation amongst LGBTQ2S+ seniors residing in the GTA. They began this work by forming community partnerships, training a core group of intergenerational volunteers and by conducting rigorous background checks to ensure safe and supported matches.

This webinar will offer insights about the successes of the Pals Connect Program in connecting isolated seniors, and examples of the relationship between isolation and abuse.


Mx. Kate Hazell

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Specialist of Education and Training/ Coordinator, LGBTQ2S Seniors Programs, The 519

As Specialist of Education and Training, and LGBTQ2S Seniors Programs Coordinator at The 519, Kate draws on her background in Therapeutic Recreation and Gerontology to foster the affirmation and resilience of older LGBTQ2S communities in care environments across Toronto and beyond. She is deeply committed to promoting intergenerational connectivity and spaces where people are supported in sharing lived experience.

Learning Objectives:

The webinar will focus on the unique challenges faced by older members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities who are experiencing care needs, and open discussions about how to foster more affirmative social networks that reduce social isolation.

  • Identify and discuss common words to express sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Canada.

  • Propose ways to make your agency and its services safe and inclusive for older LGBTQ2S adults.

  • Identify and discuss reasons an older LGBTQ2S person may be distrustful of the health or social care systems or be reluctant to seek the care they need.

  • Explore how The 519's Pals Connect Program is addressing social isolation amongst LGBTQ2S seniors and promoting intergenerational connection.


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If you have any questions, please contact:

Rochella Vassell, Central West Regional Consultant

Elder Abuse Ontario

Tel: 416-916-6728 ext 225