Please join Carleton University’s Susan Braedley, professor in the School of Social Work, and expert panellists for the launch of a new research report, It’s Got to be About Safety”: Public Services that Work for LGBTQ2+ Older Adults and LGBTQ2+ Workers in Canada, produced by research partners the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Egale Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) partnership called Age-Friendly Communities- in- Communities: International Promising Practices.

When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 (English event) and Friday, March 12, 2021 (French Event), from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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LGBTQ2+ older adults and LGBTQ2+ workers have fought for decades to make long-term care facilities, libraries, drop-in programs and other public services accessible and safer spaces.

Together, Egale and CUPE partnered with Carleton researchers Christine Streeter and Braedley to review the academic and community literature, produce an environmental scan of promising initiatives happening across Canada, and hold interviews and focus groups with LGBTQ2+ workers and LGBTQ2+ older adults from five provinces.

The final report shares promising practices—interventions, programs, services and strategies that are effective or show potential—that will improve safety and accessibility in public services for LGBTQ2+ communities.

Panellists include:

English Panel:

Elias Chaccour is a doctoral student at York University’s School of Health Policy and Management who works with the SSHRC partnership, Age-Friendly Communities-in-Communities. He has more than 10 years of experience in health-care administration and policy in Ontario and Quebec. His current research focuses on investigating promising practices in trauma-informed care for older adults.

Braedley is an associate professor at Carleton and associate director of the SSHRC partnership, Age-Friendly Communities-in-Communities. Her research focuses on care work and health and aging. She has more than 10 years of experience conducting research in long-term residential care and community care settings.

Streeter is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton. As a social worker she is committed to improving insecure working conditions for care workers in the social work and social services work sector. Her research explores changing working conditions in the public and non-profit social services for seniors.

Gina McKay is a proud CUPE member and labour director at the United Way of Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory. Her work focuses on building stronger and more inclusive labour movements. A queer Métis activist, McKay has over 18 years’ experience in community health and social services.

Robert Nelder is a member of Toronto’s Senior Pride Network (SPN), a program for seniors at the 519 Community Centre and he is on SPN’s Education Committee. He is a past member of the National Seniors Advisory Council to Egale Human Rights Trust.

French Panel:


Dean Power is a long-term care worker in Caraquet, New Brunswick. A member of the LGBTQ2+ community, Power is active in the union movement and currently serves as secretary-treasurer for his CUPE local.

Denise Veilleux is a senior and volunteer for Fondation Émergence’s Aging Gayfully program.

Julien Rougerie, is the program manager for Aging Gayfully at Fondation Émergence.

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