North Vancouver – With over fifteen years of parental caregiving and palliative care experience Deborah is participating in the Welfare Food Challenge on behalf of B.C. seniors. According to the United Way, by 2036 Metro Vancouver’s population of people 65 and older is expected to more than double. More than one in four of us will be a senior – how many seniors will be living below the poverty line and how will they cope?
I will blog about the challenges seniors face struggling on a food budget of $18 a week such as: reduced mobility hindering shopping choices, cooking and nutritional challenges for the frail and elderly, and how subsidized community meal programs can help reduce social isolation.
Deborah’s experience with senior’s services in her local community includes participating on a Vancouver Coastal Health family council and an Alzheimer’s of BC strategic planning process. She has successfully advocated for residential care improvements at the provincial level.
Deborah works for the B.C. government with a volunteer council that focuses on issues critical to successfully diversifying the provincial economy. She attended the University of Illinois College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs where she completed a program in Non-Profit Management, Fundraising and Grant Writing.