Olivia has been a volunteer in the Education & Advocacy team of SAGE since September, 2020. Her passions for public health and long-term care led her to join SAGE. Protecting the health of residents and staff in long-term care is one of Olivia’s top priorities, and she achieves this through sharing educational pieces with the community. Additionally, Olivia addresses other challenges faced by the geriatric population. Earlier this year, Olivia described age-based discrimination in her article, Ageism in a Canadian Context: Part 1. In this piece, she defines ageism and stereotypes, describes how the elderly population is impacted by ageism, and provides additional educational resources. Outside of her work with SAGE, Olivia completed her internship at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where she gained a passion for healing through physical activity. She currently volunteers with Food Sharing Ottawa, the Sandy Hill Senior Network as a Virtual Event Organizer, and the University of Ottawa Pride Centre. We appreciate Olivia’s drive to educate our communities and we look forward to her next project!
We were recently featured on the University of Toronto's student newspaper, the Varsity, and would like to thank them for allowing us to further share our mission. The full article can be read here. Keep an eye out for our new initiative coming soon!
We are excited to present our impact report for 2020, which documents all of last year's accomplishments! All of our work so far would not have been possible without the generous support of our volunteers and greater community. We thank you for supporting SAGE in 2020 and ask for your continued support for an even greater 2021. Please continue to support long-term care homes and keep an eye out for our new initiatives coming later this year! The full impact report can be viewed here or downloaded here.
Hannan has been a volunteer with SAGE since June and has actively participated in Companion Calls at The O’Neill Centre. She joined SAGE to support residents in long-term care and to advocate for their mental health. During her conversations with the residents, she shares her ambitions and her interests with them and has heard all about their past experiences. The residents are always excited to speak with Hannan and are fascinated by what she has to say. In the future, Hannan hopes to continue doing calls with residents and to meet residents in-person once it is safe to do so. We thank Hannan for keeping residents company during the pandemic and for giving back to the elderly community.