PC Cathy Lindsey, Community Safety / Media Relations Officer, Grenville County OPP; Susan Smith, Executive Director, KDHSI; Inspector June Dobson, Detachment Commander, Grenville County OPP; Sonya Jodoin, Executive Director, Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville; Amanda Fraser, Victim Services Leeds & Grenville; Suzanne Runciman, Community Safety Officer, OPP.

There have been many warnings issued by the OPP in recent years concerning various frauds and scams being directed against seniors in the United Counties. Unscrupulous criminals like to target the elderly, preferably those living alone, or with health issues, and a special seminar to be held in June will focus on this problem and educate the public on how to recognise elder abuse and support those at risk in our community.

The Grenville County OPP are joining forces with Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville, as well as Kemptville and District Home Support Inc., to host a series of presentations in “Recognising and Supporting the Older Adults at Risk in Our Community”.

The event is the initiative of Inspector June Dobson, Detachment Commander of the Grenville OPP, following the results of a Community Satisfaction Survey which highlighted Elder Abuse as a growing concern in the United Counties. She then called on her two Community Safety Officers, Cathy Lindsey and Suzanne Runciman, as well as the services of the Executive Director of Kemptville and District Home Support Inc., Susan Smith.

Together, they have prepared the seminar on elder abuse which will happen in June.
The seminar takes place at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on June 15, between 9:30am and 3 pm. There will be talks by Judith Wahl, Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and by Detective Constable John Armit, of the Anti-Rackets Branch of the OPP. They will be joined by Stephanie Cadieux, East Regional Consultant with Elder Abuse Ontario.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is limited to 200, and it is asked that those who register commit to attend, so as not to preclude others from benefiting from the seminar. The hope and intention is to have a balance of community partners and individuals at the seminar, so as to ensure input from all parties in order to make the event as fruitful and useful as possible.

Registration can be made by contacting Amanda Fraser of Victim Services Leeds & Grenville, at [email protected].

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