World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the Estrie

Far too many seniors fall victim to various forms of exploitation, neglect and violence. Elder abuse is a distressing crime which can be psychologically detrimental and lead to serious physical injuries. As the ageing population continues to grow, its predicted abuse towards older people will increase.

Since seniors often experience mistreatment in private settings, the United Nations designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a day when the world can make a vocal public response in opposition to the abuse and suffering some of our older generations experience.

Once a year, communities and municipalities around the world plan activities and programs to recognize WEAAD. Townshippers’ Association is proud to lend its support to the annual launch of the Estrie’s Purple Ribbon campaign will kick off in Sherbrooke on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 9:45 to 11:00am at Sercovie cafeteria, 300 rue du Conseil.

Following a press conference at 10 am, addresses will be made by Sylvie Moreault, Director of the Elder autonomy assistance program at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS, Gaston Michaud, French-speaking spokesperson, and Kim Bailey, English-speaking spokesperson. The new Charter for The Well-Being of Seniors in The Estrie Region and regional activities will then be presented by Paul Martel, Regional Coordinator to Counter Elder Abuse.

On Monday, June 13, the public is invited to wear something purple and join Townshippers’ at the special “Speak up!” activity in Magog from 2 to 4pm. Hosted by the committee working on an awareness campaign of prevention of elder abuse and how to combat and stop it, storytelling, theatrical skits, piano and songs and refreshments will be used to entertain and inform the public about abuse prevention in the Salle du Bonheur, CSSS de Memphrémagog, 93 Principale est.

If you want to show you are united against elder abuse, stop by Townshippers’ office at 257 Queen Street in Lennoxville to pick up a free purple ribbon, magnet and information card supplied by the Council Against Elder Abuse in the Estrie Region (Table de concertation contre les mauvais traitements faits envers les personnes aînées de l’Estrie).

If you are a victim or witness of elder abuse, call the Elder Abuse Help Line at 1-888-489-ABUS (2287). For additional resources in the Estrie, visit the website

Employment Insurance Service Quality Review   

In an effort to improve services for Canadians, the Government of Canada recently launched the Employment Insurance Service Quality Review, a nationwide consultation process with key stakeholders and the public to seek their input on ways to improve services to Employment Insurance (EI) claimants.

The public is invited to complete an online survey on this issue at Your feedback will be used to develop recommendations for Ministers to consider in shaping future service delivery improvements that will best meet the expectations of Canadians.

Additional information on this consultation and a link to the online survey is available at:

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, June 7, 2016

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  Senior abuse isn’t just a form of discrimination; it’s a crime. Take a stand against elder abuse and neglect by stopping it when you see it, speaking out against it and supporting seniors who are victims of abuse. Pick up your free purple ribbon and information packet from Townshippers’ Sherbrooke office in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.