Were present four of the five members of the committee:
- Nicolas Berg MD, Geriatrician, Head of the Department of Geriatrics, Citadelle de Liège Hospital (Belgium) and President of Respect Seniors (the Walloon Agency to Counter Elder Abuse)
- Thérèse Audet, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Professor, Faculty of Art and Humanities, University of Sherbrooke
- Brigitte Leduc, Vice-President, Research, University of Sherbrooke
- And Christian Barrette, Assistant Deputy Minister, Seniors’ Secretariat, Ministry of Family, Government of Quebec
Unfortunately, Mark Yaffe (MDCM, MCLSC, CCFP, FCFP, Researcher and Professor at the St. Mary’s Hospital Centre affiliated with McGill University) was unable to attend the meeting. However, he did consult the documents and had the opportunity to react afterwards. As for Mr. Barrette, he was accompanied by Ms. Marie-Josée Poulin, the Sector Director for Supporting Older Adults in Vulnerable Situations from the Seniors’ Secretariat of the Ministry of Family.
At that meeting, Marie Beaulieu, the Chairholder, accompanied by Roxane Leboeuf, the Chair’s Coordinator, outlined the highlights of activities carried out during the past five years. The Chair now being extended for two years, Marie Beaulieu also presented her work plan until October 31, 2017 on the basis of twelve deliverables agreed by the signing of the Agreement between the Ministry and the University of Sherbrooke. This work plan also included all the work already undertaken since the beginning of Year 6 as of November 1, 2015.
The members of the Committee congratulated the Chair’s team for all the work that has been achieved so far. They stressed its excellent performance in numerous areas: the production of state-of-the-art qualified knowledge of social issues arising from an impressive number of research projects conducted in five years (44 in total), the ability to train future professionals sensitized to the issue of mistreatment of older adults, transferring knowledge to various audiences (scientists, professionals, senior and general populations), the ability to get funding from other granting agencies, the usefulness and the growing dynamism of the website over the years, high media visibility, the synergy of its activities with other measures of the plan as well as multiple partners committed to counter mistreatment at regional, provincial, national and international levels, etc.