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Public Education & Outreach

Our Public Education and Outreach Program connects with the community by producing education materials and hosting workshops that raise awareness about issues affecting older adults. Please visit our event page for upcoming workshops and events, and browse our workshop topics by clicking on the titles below.

We deliver workshops to the public and organizations by request virtually, in-person, or through hybrid (in-person/virtual) formats. In-person workshops are subject to the availability of our staff and volunteers; if we cannot present in-person, we are happy to deliver workshops virtually or through a hybrid format with participants gathered at your facility.

If your organization is interested in hosting a workshop with us, please complete our workshop request form below. Please note, as our fall 2023 schedule is mostly full, we will have more availability for workshops starting January 2024 and more flexibility for virtual presentations.

Our workshop topics:

This workshop addresses the correlation between social isolation and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and people involved, and strategies to deal with abuse. We discuss the importance of staying connected with others through brainstorming community resources, and viewing a short video depicting a fictional story of social isolation and elder abuse.

Advance Planning can help ensure your wishes will be respected if you were to become incapable and when you pass away.

Presented by Seniors First BC staff lawyers, this workshop provides older adults with information about how to plan for their futures with advance planning tools such as Joint Bank Accounts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Representation Agreements. We also discuss potential misuse of these tools and resources for further assistance.

In 2022 in Canada, there were 91,190 reports of fraud totaling 57,055 victims of fraud​ with a total of $431M lost.

This workshop introduces what frauds and scams are, common methods and schemes targeting Canadian seniors, safety strategies, and resources to consult if you or someone you know has been affected by frauds/scams.

This interactive presentation introduces the importance of staying connected. It discusses issues of social isolation and loneliness, the correlation between social isolation and decreased well-being, and how we can do our part to stay connected with loved ones in our lives.

This workshop introduces our programs and services, along with a brief overview of elder abuse. Additionally, we outline recent trends, and statistics, as well as common issues facing older adults using examples of situations where our programs have supported older adults experiencing abuse.

Presented by our legal advocate, this workshop covers information on Residential Tenancy Law in British Columbia; including the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and the process involved in dispute resolution with the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Presented by our legal advocate, this workshop provides an informative overview of several federal and provincial government benefits for seniors, including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Caregiver Tax Credit, Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER), Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (RAHA), and more.

Workshop Request Form

If you are from a senior-serving organization interested in hosting a workshop with us, please complete this form and we will contact you. Our workshops are free, but we welcome donations and honorariums to help fund our program!

This page was reviewed in August 2023.

Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL)

SAIL is a confidential means for seniors to speak to a professional intake worker about issues that affect their well-being, receive information, or learn about our programs. Call 604-437-1940 or Toll-Free at 1-866-437-1940 weekdays 8am to 8pm and weekends 10am to 5:30pm. Language interpretation is available. 

Our Funders

Seniors First BC’s services are funded through our valued funders and donors.
Law Foundation
British Columbia


Seniors First BC is a charitable, non-profit society that provides information, advocacy, and support to seniors across BC who are dealing with issues affecting their well-being.

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