Changing Attitudes, Changing Responses Conference

Conference Details

Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sheraton Toronto Hotel and Conference Centre, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario

A dynamic event that explored a pan-Canadian approach to engaging citizens as first responders to address violence and abuse against older adults.  Learning focused on using social norms and bystander interventions to bring about social change.  The journey to creating a more peaceful and just society is challenging, rewarding and at its heart, deeply personal and ultimately possible. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Alan Berkowitz: internationally renowned for his ground breaking work on social norms and bystander interventions will discuss research, skills and the role of social norms.
  • Dr. Beatriz Berkowitz: a transpersonal psychologist will speak about the tension between the social norm to mind your own business and being true to your values.
  • Alison Leaney MSW, RSW: a tireless advocate who brings her many years of experience across multiple sectors to serve as the National Trainer for the It’s Not Right! initiative.
  • Dr. Peter Jaffe: internationally recognized for his expertise on interpersonal violence, will speak about emerging gaps and trends identified in cases of domestic homicide-suicide of couples aged 60+.
  • Barb MacQuarrie: a recognized leader in the anti-violence movement will speak about the changing face of risk in the aging process.

Conference Flyer English  |  Conference Flyer French

Agenda English  |  Agenda French

Presentation Slides

Title Speaker(s)
Ageism: An Older Adult Lens Sherry Baker, Elliot Paus Jenssen, Marj Thiessen
Introduction to the BC CRN Sherry Baker
Exploring the personal aspects of the Social Norms and Bystander Approaches Beatriz Berkowitz
It's Not Right: Developmental Evaluation -- Setting the Stage Ben Kadel and April Struthers
It's Not Right: Developmental Evaluation -- Preliminary Results Ben Kadel and April Struthers
Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network Lori Therrien
Domestic Homicide & Older Women Peter Jaffe
Saskatoon Council on Aging: Positive Aging for All in an Age Friendly Community Lynda Smallwood
Shifting Social Norms using Bystander Intervention Alan Berkowitz

News Coverage

Toronto Star Columnist Carol Goar, attended the It’s Not Right Conference and wrote about it. Here is the article:

Videotaped Conference Sessions


Abuse of Older Adults Intersects with Other Issues



Ageism is a social norm that we can learn to recognize in ourselves and or systems



Bystanders as First Responders: What have we learned about engaging all citizens to take the everyday steps



Alan Berkowitz: Shifting Social Norms by using Bystander Approach



The Big Picture: Everyone has a role to play



Exploring Domestic Violence in Older Couples



Going Beyond: A strictly criminal justice approach to abusive behaviour (Panel: Jocelyn Yerxa, Sharon Elliott, Sharon MacKenzie and Susan Ross)


Our Experience: Things We've Learned (Panel: Lynda Smallwood, Sherry Baker, Pat Power and Lori Therrien)