Women Transforming Cities hosted its 25th Café featuring speakers and roundtable discussions on the topic of women and aging in the city.
Aging adds new dimensions to women’s lives – some good (like wisdom – thumbs up!) and some bad (like illness & poverty – thumbs down). Is our city age-friendly? What do we need to make the city work better for all ages and abilities?
Marion Smith began her ‘career’ as an activist in North Battleford Saskatchewan in about 1967. She moved to B.C. in 1970 and continue…d to be involved in a variety of activities that were considered activist/feminist as a volunteer. She ended her work career as the Executive Director of Cythera Transition House Society in Maple Ridge.
Kate Mancer is considered one of the leading market analysts in Canada in the seniors housing and health care industries. Her expertise includes all kinds of seniors developments ranging from housing for independent seniors to licensed care facilities. Kate is an economist by training, with over 25 years experience in the housing industry. As a result of her stature in the industry she is a frequent presenter at industry events. Kate is a member of the Mortgage Investment Association of BC, the Canadian Association on Gerontology, the American Gerontological Association, the BC Senior Living Association, and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association.
Allison Jones has worked in the public, social profit and as a liaison between these sectors for over 10 years. The intersections between people and social planning such as aging in place, LGBT seniors’ health care, housing and homelessness are her areas of expertise. As the Generations Coordinator, she works for LGBT seniors to educate health care providers on LGBT seniors’ health and care issues. She works with seniors who have faced homophobia, isolation and human rights violations throughout their lives.