HelpAge Canada was founded in 1975 under the name Help the Aged (Canada) by a group of volunteers who were concerned that no Canadian charitable organization represented the interests and needs of older persons in Canada and in the developing world.
HelpAge Canada was one of the six founding organizations of HelpAge International, a global network of over 80 organizations that helps thousands of older persons every day.
In 2010, Help the Aged (Canada) adopted its current name and look to match that of HelpAge International, and other HelpAge affiliates. HelpAge’s mission is to work in partnership with other organizations to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons and their community. Our vision at HelpAge is for older persons to lead secure, healthy, active and dignified lives.
We work with our partners to ensure that people everywhere understand how much older persons contribute to society and their right to healthcare, social services, and economic and physical security.
We believe that “age helps” – a position that puts the experience of older women and men at the center of our work.
HelpAge Canada strongly values transparency and accountability. As required by Canadian law, we regularly publish our audited financial statements and an annual report of our charitable activities. HelpAge Canada is a registered charitable not-for-profit (Registration Number 118955921 RR0001) and is non-denominational. Below you can find related documents in Adobe PDF format. If you require printed copies, please contact us.
Without our partners, we could not make the positive impact we do today on the lives of older persons. The following is a list of organizations we work with in Canada and abroad (available shortly).
Our Board & Staff
HelpAge Canada is run by a small group of professional staff supported and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board and staff bring together a diverse range of experience from a variety of professional backgrounds and geographical locales.
Jacques Bertrand – Executive Director
Beth Gordon – Finance Manager
Stephanie Piovesan – Coordinator, Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere (RISE), Campaign
Eilis Grant – Finance Assistant & Donor Relations
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-2017
Chairperson: Amy Westland, Toronto
Vice-Chairperson: Hélène Gobeil, Montreal
Secretary: Rosalie Gelderman, Edmonton
Treasurer: Don Hefler, Embrun