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In January 2017, the Seniors and Pensions Policy Secretariat within Employment and Social Development Canada (SPPS-ESDC) offered selected experts the opportunity to compete for the mandate to revise two books regarding the Social Isolation of Seniors Toolkit in order to better respondto the needs of three target populations at risk of social isolation:

The Chairholder, Marie Beaulieu, was one of the selected experts to work with LGBTQ older adults. On March 10, 2017, the University of Sherbrooke (the umbrella organization for the Chair) and the SPPS-ESDC reached an agreement which included the nature and scope of the work, deadlines and expected deliverables.

The Committee of Senior Officials responsible for seniors (federal, provincial and territorial ministers) has set up a working group on social isolation. The group will work closely with Marie Beaulieu. " This collaboration will focus on making the necessary changes to the toolkit to make it more relevant and maximize its use among LGBTQ seniors " [Free translation]. Under the direction of Marie Beaulieu, the Chair's Coordinator, Roxane Leboeuf and the Research Professional, Marie-Ève Manseau-Young are contributing to the progress of the work.

By the end of the mandate in late July, the team will have achieved different steps: