Gina Martin, Founder & Primary Consultant for Diverse Abilities

Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 am

With decades of lived experience with multiple disabilities, I personally know the barriers both in the built environment and with social stigmas and attitudes, which can prevent full participation in life.

Breaking through these barriers and creating inclusive and accessible, classrooms, workspaces and communities is my mission. Helping individuals live their best life is my passion. I am a wife, mother, educator, and adventurer.  For everything I knock off my bucket list, I add something new to try.  I believe in living my best life and inspiring others to do the same as we only have one to live.

Gina Martin - Founder and Primary Consultant for Diverse Abilities.

Saanich Peninsula Hospital – Our Hospital at the Heart of Health Care

Thursday, April 25th at 8:00 am

Bren Moroz-Pettyjohn is the Legacy Giving and Community Engagement Manager at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation

Since it opened in 1974, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital (SPH) has played a vital role in the community. For Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands residents there is a strong sense of ownership and community buy-in for SPH. With an expansion of services, and to accommodate the growing population on the Peninsula and beyond, the hospital increasingly serves a wider greater-Victoria population, who have come to value the high-quality care they receive here.

With its three Operating Rooms, Emergency Room, Acute Care, Long-term Care and Palliative Care units, SPH is well respected in the medical community and a much sought after place for allied healthcare professionals to work.

In 1985, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation was formed by concerned citizens responding to the rising costs of delivering quality healthcare. With rapidly changing technology and treatment innovations, the support of donors is essential to ensure our hospital continues to have the latest equipment and facilities needed to provide the best care for patients and their families.

This presentation, Our Hospital at the Heart of Health Care, will outline the Foundation’s story, mission, values and goals as well as share a little about the hospital and the unique community it serves. You will learn about the ways in which the Foundation receives funding and the impact that support has on our hospital and community, now and for generations to come.

Bren Moroz-Pettyjohn

Eldercare Foundation

Thursday, January 25th at 8:00 am

Tom Arnold is the Executive Director of Eldercare Foundation, a registered charity and hospital foundation dedicated to improving care and quality of life for local seniors.  He’s spent more than 25 years in the charitable sector across a variety of organizations but, inspired by the challenging experiences of several family members and friends, has focused his efforts on helping seniors age with dignity over the past decade.  When not at work, you’re most likely to find Tom on the water.  He’s an avid paddle sports enthusiast and is a coach with Dragon Boat Canada’s National Team.

ElderCare Foundation’s purpose is “to raise and steward donor funds dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seniors in their communities.” Their Mandate: “We provide resources, education and support to promote healthy aging for seniors.”

Tom Arnold - Executive Director of the ElderCare Foundation in Victoria BC

Seniors Who Drive

Thursday, November 30th, 2023 at 8:00 am

Joan Wallace is a teacher and business owner and uniquely qualified to discuss how to interact with seniors who are in fear of losing their driver’s licence.

Before owning Joan Wallace Driving Schools across Vancouver Island, she was a home economics high school teacher for 25 years in Quesnel B.C., an owner/operator of Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios and a school trustee concurrently for 8 years.

While running the H/O here in Victoria, Joan manages the corporate and consulting enterprise which operates throughout the province of B.C. She is Vice President for Western Canada with the Driving School Association of Americas, and heavily involved with professional development and instruction.

Joan is a registered British Columbia Teacher, a member of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, cooking, golfing, swimming, and travelling.

Every one of our senior clients will eventually experience driving challenges. Join the conversation about how to help them navigate driving, and how to have the tough conversation when it’s time for them to hang up their keys.

Joan Wallace

Dying Well

Thursday, October 26th, 2023 at 8:00 am

“I have sat with many families in the immediate days following the death of a loved one. In some cases, I have witnessed the heartache that can result when family members had no idea about their loved one’s final wishes.”

Picture a world where your loved ones completely understand your end-of-life wishes and honour them.

Karla Kerr’s upcoming presentation offers a way to bridge the space between life and death. She will equip us in empower our community of seniors to identify their own values and beliefs, and to have thoughtful, pragmatic discussions with their loved ones.

This will be an emotionally charged conversation and a very important one for EFCN members and the seniors we serve.

Karla Kerr

NFPs For Seniors

Thursday, September 28th, 2023 at 8:00 am

Do you volunteer or sponsor an organization to help seniors or the community? What organizations are you involved with that you’re proud of?

Amica started a not for profit called Helping Hands in 2003. To date, it has raised over 4.5 million, and just awarded Victoria Hospital Foundation $100k for seniors that cannot afford healthcare. Bonnie Harris will give a short presentation on what Helping Hands has accomplished for low income & seniors living at risk, and how each Amica residence’s team members and residents raise money each year.

Bonnie Harris - Amica

Summer Networking Meeting

Thursday, August 31st, 2023 at 8:00 am

Our Summer Networking Meetings give us the opportunity to meet people and share our knowledge and resources.

Come out to meet senior-service oriented people from all kinds of organizations; non-profit, for profit, public, private, academic, and political.

If you have a short presentation which would help the group better serve elders, let the M.C. know so we can get you up front for a few minutes!

Otherwise, come out and enjoy the people, the stories, the ideas, and a Continental Breakfast courtesy of The Wellesley.

EFCN Canada Logo

The Future of Healthcare by Jim Bryant

Thursday, June 29th, 2023 at 8:00 am

Healthcare is at a tipping point.  Numerous rudimentary issues are present that need to be addressed to meet the needs of the future population.

Jim’s presentation will focus on three distinct areas that will determine the future of Healthcare; the Silver Economy (what it is and why it matters), the role that connected technology will play, and the arrival of new entrants that will disrupt the industry.

Jim Bryant is the Publisher and Co-Owner of the Wellnessnews, a publication focused on the Health & Wellness industry. The Wellnessnews is published monthly and offers five different editions across Vancouver Island. The company is releasing its newest edition, focused on Seniors’ Health & Wellness, in July 2023.

Jim Bryant - CEO of WellnessNews

How to Maximize Your Money in Retirement by Pamela Katunar

Thursday, May 25th, 2023 at 8:00 am

Pam has over fifteen years of experience as a Financial Advisor. In addition to completing many courses through the Canadian Securities Institute, being IIROC (Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada) and insurance licensed in BC and Alberta, Pam has obtained the Divorce Financial Specialist Certificate, and is also a CPCA – Certified Professional Consultant on Aging. 

Pam’s passion for educating and hosting seminars on topics such as estate planning, effective charitable giving, downsizing and retirement planning, along with her life experience in marriage, motherhood, raising two children and dealing with aging parents, have coalesced into thoughtful, practical and impactful presentations on retirement. She knows the unique financial and emotional issues people face well into their retirement.

Pam Katunar

Thursday, April 27th, 2023 at 8:00 am

Rhonda Latreille – CEO of Age-Friendly Business®

Rhonda Latreille, B.A., MBA, CPCA , is the founder and CEO of Age-Friendly Business®. She is responsible for introducing several new initiatives into the justice, financial, and health disciplines, and has taught licensing exam preparation courses in Life Insurance and Mutual Funds for Foran Financial Institute and Langara College.

Rhonda has 25 years experience in program development, training, and evaluation. She has authored manuals and studies and has provided editorial review for research projects and academic papers. She continues to develop new programs to enhance the quality of service to our aging population.

Rhonda Latreille - CEO of Age Friendly Business

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 at 8:00 am

Networking Event

What’s happening? What’s going on in the community? What are your plans? After our initial introductions, we encourage you to give a “mini presentation” of two to five minutes.

Please feel free to bring you organization’s printed information, events or offers for the front table.

And we encourage you to bring a guest or two to the meeting! The more knowledge and resources we can tap into, the better we can serve elders. Let’s invite representatives from different organizations and fields of endeavor to attend.

Guests are welcome, and their first meeting is free.

Networking people in a spiral

Thursday, November 24th at 8:00 am

What’s In This For Me?

Many of us get together because we enjoy the variety of topics and presentations. Others want to learn about what’s happening in and around Greater Victoria as it pertains to seniors. Others enjoy networking and feeling a part of a community.

Whatever your reasons, we want to know!

John Procopio (J.P.) will lead the discussion and discovery into what makes EFCN great for you, what you want more of, and how we can bring more resources into our organization to help each other, and our clients, thrive.

Learn more about JP and On The Move Seniors

John Procopio (J.P.) - On The Move Seniors

Thursday, October 27th at 8:00 am

Getting Your Affairs in Order.

Having our affairs in order is NOT just for those who are dying!

When we start talking about getting our affairs in order, we get this uneasy feeling in our gut. Am I am going to die soon? If I think it, therefore I am? In our society we have come to accept this expression as preparing for end of life, when in reality, we could all benefit from having orderly affairs in any season of life!

Join EFCN member and owner of Orderly Affairs Daralynn Wei as she presents her approach to this overwhelming subject matter and shares some important facts along the way.

Daralynn Wei - Orderly Affairs

Thursday, September 29th at 8:00 am

AGING ON FIRE: Are you Fit for the Adventure?

Vic Lindal is an energetic grandfather, pioneer, master motivator, adventurer, professional speaker, and internationally acclaimed coach. He will be just returned from his latest adventure – a week-long biking trip through northern Italy and Austria – and sharing how we and our clients can make sure we are fit for the adventure!

“What I have experienced in Vic Lindal is a down to earth individual who is able to speak a language that you can understand. His presentations are informative yet entertaining.”
Dorothy Miller – Author of “What’s Next with Your Life?”

“I’ve had many mentors and professional coaches throughout my career – but nobody quite like Vic. He has an amazing way of unlocking your potential from within.”
Philip Keen – Director, Corporate Development

Vic Lindal - personal coach to greatness

Thursday, June 30th at 8:00 am

Cari Taylor is the South Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Mentor/Manager for the BCCRN – British Columbia Community Response Network. Their mandate is to educate the public on Elder Abuse, Neglect and Self Neglect, and to support the community to take a coordinated response to the problems of abuse faced by vulnerable adults.

Cari has been in the Non Profit world for the past decade and is well known for her energetic personality, public speaking skills & positive attitude. She is clearly a people person; Those that know her consider her “a morning person, all day long”. Join us in June for Cari’s half hour presentation followed by a Q&A..

Cari Taylor - BCCRN

Thursday, May 26th at 8:00 am

This Thursday’s Presenter is Wayne Fraser with CuePath Innovation. Wayne’s passion for people and innovation has been his compass throughout his professional career as he helped build and grow service, product and technology enterprises.

Many of us understand the challenges around complex medication schedules and chronic conditions which require daily medication. Wayne will lead a discussion to shine a light on the issues and potential solutions for people serving seniors.

Wayne Fraser - Presenter at EFCN Canada