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Through communication and collaboration, the Nelson & Area Elder Abuse and Prevention Project (EAPP) mission is to increase the societies’ ability to recognize and prevent mistreatment of older people so all adults can be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

In all activities: respect seniors’ rights to dignity, independence, participation, fairness and security; liaise and share resources and information with all stakeholders; keep all personal information confidential; assist individuals struggling with diminished capacity to receive appropriate supports.

Established on November 28, 2008, is a program of the Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society (NDSCS). The NDSCS is a non-profit society, comprised of senior volunteers, which provides a number of programs and services in Nelson and area. For a full description of the mission statement and various community services provided please refer to the society website: www.nelsonseniors.ca.

OPERATING STRUCTURE

The Nelson & Area Elder Abuse Prevention Program Steering Committee is comprised of volunteers representing the NDSCS Board of Directors and community volunteers. The steering committee oversees the direction and operations of the program. The Working Group is made up of volunteers who provide the labour that enables the program to function. The working group is task-orientated and reports to the Steering Committee for direction and approval.

Volunteers are the heart of the organization and program. Accomplishments to date  are the development and construction of Prevention of Elder Abuse: A Nelson & Area Resource Manual, the development of the Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre, creation of the webpage content, liaison with community participants and the Personal Advance Planning Program: Seniors Helping Seniors.

Site Liaison Volunteers are senior volunteers from Nelson and the more rural and remote communities of Balfour, Harrop/Proctor, Kaslo & area, Lower Slocan Valley, East Shore and Salmo who liaise and partner with the Nelson Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre. The funding for development of the site liaison volunteers came from a New Horizons Canada grant (December 2009-December 2010) for the program initiative “Seniors Watch; Elder Abuse Prevention” (SWEAP).

FUNDING

The Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society operates as a charitable institution without profit to its members. Funds to operate the Nelson & Area Elder Abuse Prevention Program are obtained through grant applications and donations. Donations to sustain this program are gratefully accepted from any individual or group. Donations made out to the NDSCS will receive an official income tax receipt.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

In addition to the Funders & Donors acknowledged at nelsonseniors.ca, the Elder Abuse Prevention Program would like to thank the following who have contributed directly to the program: Hall Printing, Nelson; Nelson Mental Health & Addictions (IHA); Nelson Public Health (IHA); New Horizons for Seniors Royal Bank of Canada, Nelson; Community Response Networks of BC; Friends of Nelson Elders; Telus Ambassadors Program; Express Online News; Nelson Star ; Nelson & District Credit Union; Kootenay Savings Credit Union Community Foundation; Columbia Basin Trust; Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre; Nelson and District Rod & Gun Club.