Fawziyah previously volunteered at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she interacted with elderly patients. Due to her upbringing in a country where the elderly population accounted for less than 1% of people, this experience helped her realize that healthcare for the general population is quite different to the care required by the elderly. Her interest in geriatric care became even more apparent when she learned how long-term care homes were disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The pandemic has motivated her to help support staff in long-term care and be more active in the elderly community. Her drive to assist in bettering the quality of life of elderly people was reflected through her volunteering with SAGE to safely deliver refreshments for healthcare workers at The O’Neill Centre in Toronto. She also plans to participate in future projects with SAGE. We thank Fawziyah for her contributions!
Noor has been assisting us with social media communications and networking since she joined us last August. Her eagerness to learn about the stories of others underlie her enthusiasm to connect with both students and people of older age. Outside of SAGE work, Noor is also a host of the Raw Talk podcast, where she interviews people about their experiences and interests, which span a variety of topics. We greatly thank Noor for her help in spreading our mission!
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 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.