SPEAKERS



Steve Oldfield

Speaking as part of:
The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (Age-Positive)
Sat/June 8/10:30am



Steve Oldfield is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced hundreds of hours of television programming in a variety of major markets around the United States. He also has worked as a film critic and reporter and he credits his years covering the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals with teaching him compelling ways to tell a story. Steve is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a master's degree in Public History. In addition to telling painter Jim Hall's story with "Lines of Sight," Steve received an ArtsWave grant to create a traveling museum exhibit with original paintings, artifacts and videos called "Lineillism Revealed."

Steve is currently finishing up two documentaries, "Art for Auschwitz" about artist Anna Van Matre's masterpiece for the Auschwitz International Youth Centre and "Rush to Judgment: Encounter at the Lincoln Memorial," about a viral video and media sensation between some high school students and a Native American protester.

Steve teaches documentary film and journalism courses at Thomas More University and he mentors high school documentary filmmakers. Steve has traveled to more than 30 countries and believes the scenery in Alberta is the most beautiful on the planet.





Victoria Burns

Speaking as part of:
The House That Jack Built (Housing)
Sat/June 8/4:30pm



Victoria Burns, PhD, RSW is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. She has a BA (psychology) (University of New Brunswick), BSW, MSW and PhD in social work (McGill University), and post-doctoral training in urban studies in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Burns’ community-based research with marginalized older adults focuses on the broad themes of sense of place, home, and belonging all of which grounded in several years of social work home care practice.
She has received federal, provincial, and community-based grants to conduct research using visual research methods including photography and film. She has published her work in scientific journals, books, and on-line media. Using visual methods to present and share her research allows Dr. Burns to combine her academic interests with her passion for storytelling that moves the conversation beyond academic circles.
She is currently the principle investigator on a research-based documentary entitled Beyond Housing— which uses a community-based participatory action research approach to bring awareness to the diversity of Calgary’s growing older homeless population.




Hilary Chapple

Speaking as part of:
Shorts Series:
The House That Jack Built (Housing)
Sat/June 8/4:30pm



I really enjoy Community Engagement and Collaboration with Community Agencies and Nonprofits to enhance the quality of life for our Homeless, folks living in Poverty and the LGBTQ2S Community.

I have been fortunate to attend 3 National Homeless Conferences in Ontario and Manitoba, a provincial Homeless Conference in Calgary (I was a Keynote Speaker), one Poverty Reduction Conference also in Ontario (I was a panelist) and a 2-day Research Symposium in Calgary.

I have been asked to design a Training Plan which I will teach when the Project is completed. It is explaining that diversity and inclusivity must be present for our LGBTQ2S Homeless. This is progressing very well and I am very proud of my work. I am passionate about this and it is so needed. I am in the process of doing 100 Needs Assessment Surveys and then the Project will be completed very soon.

I am also currently working in two research projects for our Homeless friends in Senior’s Homelessness and the Calgary Homeless Memorial Project.




Anne Cartledge

Speaking as part of:
Shorts Series:
The House That Jack Built (Housing)
Sat/June 8/4:30pm




Anne Cartledge is a graduate of Social Work from Mount Royal University and has found her niche in community development. She is the Founder of the “Closing the Seniors’ Gap: AISH to Pension” and has spoken to many City, Provincial and Federal departments with regards to this issue.

A passionate advocate for affordable housing, who has attended conferences on poverty and housing, Anne is also an avid contributor to the One Window Project.

Recently, her interest and work with seniors’ issues has allowed her to become part of the Beyond Housing Research Project.




Lynn Gaudet

Speaking as part of:
The Best Is Yet To Come (Age-Positive)
Sun/June 9/10:30am




Lynn Gaudet, age 66, has been an active member of the Raging Grannies in Calgary for 11 years. Unlike most of the Grannies, Lynn still works full time on her own immigration consulting business.

As older women, the Grannies use humour, song and a bit of attitude to express themselves on matters of great concern to all, such as the state of the environment or the imperative to vote, delivering their cheeky messages while dressing to impress! The Calgary gaggle has been active for 20 years, and continues to evolve and change, reflecting the interests and skill sets of the women who come and go; there are not usually more than 10 or 12 active Grannies at any given time. Lynn writes many original songs for the group, although any Granny may channel the muse, and they also borrow freely from other Canadian and USA gaggles. For Lynn, it is a way to keep informed on current issues that she cares about, and keeps her actively engaged in the positive push for social change, plus she has fun while delivering serious messages.




Lisa Poole

Speaking as part of:
You Gotta Friend In Me (Caregiving/Dementia)
Sun/June 9/1:30pm




Lisa Poole is a family caregiver & provides insight from the perspective of lived experience. Her father, John has vascular dementia. Lisa is on Dementia Network Calgary’s Strategic Council, the board of Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S., founded Dementia Connections Magazine and is involved with several other dementia-related community initiatives.




Daniel Gaetano

Speaking as part of:
You Gotta Friend In Me (Caregiving/Dementia)
Sun/June 9/1:30pm




Daniel lives in Calgary, Alberta and since 2015 has been the fulltime care partner for his wife of 31 years, Janet, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia in 2010 at the age of 53. Prior to his taking on the role of fulltime care partner, Daniel, as a CPA, was a VP Finance for the beverage recycling organization in Alberta. Janet has recently moved into a residence and Daniel has started to focus his attention on advocacy for improving the services and lives for those living with Dementia.




David Malouf

Speaking as part of:
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? (Ageism)
Sun/June 9/4:30pm




David Malouf wrote and directed the Pharaohs after hearing about a woman who was bullied and ostracized in a senior living facility because of her failing health. Before taking up filmmaking, David devoted his professional career to a special population at the other end of the age continuum—children with disabilities. He held special education positions in public school, university and federal government settings. He has written a number of short film screenplays, including The Battle of Xã Hòa Châu about the contemporary cultural gulf between America and Vietnam. This screenplay was a finalist in the 2016 DC Shorts screenwriting competition. The following year, his screenplay for The Pharaohs won that competition and was made into a movie. The Pharaohs is currently in festival circulation, and is also being prepared for training and information purposes. David is working on several new screenplays dealing with issues of aging and adaptation to senior life.




Donna Durrand

Speaking as part of:
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? (Ageism)
Sun/June 9/4:30pm



Donna Durand is a recreation therapist and singer songwriter currently employed as Executive Director of Alberta Council on Aging. As a seniors’ advocate and educator, Donna is passionate about delivering the message aging can be victorious. Donna has had the privilege of sharing workshops and presentations with thousands of community members and at major conferences. Donna has worked front line to administration in health care and housing and is sensitive to the issues around healthy aging, aging in community and dementia care best practice. As a representative of Alberta Council on Aging, emphasis is placed on senior’s care as well as age friendly/dementia friendly communities.