In Their Own Words: Kiren

This is the second interview for the project In Their Own Words: Volunteer Voices from Montreal’s Cultural Communities, featuring RECAA’s own Kiren Budhia.

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In Their Own Words: Sadeqa

RECAA is working on a project titled In Their Own Words: Volunteer Voices from Montreal’s Cultural Communities. We are interviewing elder volunteers from Montreal-based community organizations, including RECAA, to give them an opportunity to voice what they have learned from their longstanding commitment to their community organizations. These interviews are then paired with photographs, and made into a short video. Participating organizations include the Council for Black Ageing, the South Asian Women’s Community Centre, COPSI (Centre d’orientation paralégale et social pour immigrants), the Immigrant Workers Centre, and the Centre d’action socio-communautaire de Montréal. In Their Own Words is supported by a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program and a partnership grant with ACT (Ageing, Communications, Technologies)-Concordia.

This video features Sadeqa Siddiqi from RECAA and the South Asian Women’s Community Centre.

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RECAA Flash Mob

Recently, RECAA and Contactivity Seniors Centre organized a flash mob to promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The audience was enthusiastic, and it was a first for both organizations. To learn more and to see the flash mob in action, watch the video below.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014

June 15, 2006 was the debut of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

The day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognizes the significance of abuse and neglect of older adults as a public health and human rights issue. Throughout the world, senior abuse and neglect is largely under-recognized or ignored.

Research indicates that public education campaigns like World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are vital for informing people  about elder abuse. Active involvement of the media is central to campaign success.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, communities and governments around the world to recognize the reality of abuse and neglect of older adults. Canadians have been a big part of this effort.


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Brief submitted to the National Assembly of Quebec regarding Bill 60

RECAA, an organization founded by elders from the ethnic and cultural communities of Montreal, is committed to working towards a culture of respect, dignity and justice for all elders who face problems because of language and culture.

RECAA supports a secular state that respects equality and freedom of expression, including freedom of religious expression.

Bill 60 contradicts these values. It is premised on a specious argument that wearing a cross, hijab, kippa, kirpan or turban by public servants is a threat to the religious neutrality of the state and to equality between men and women. However, in a secular society, public servants should be judged by behavior and professionalism and not by what they wear.

The direct, biased and grossly unjust effect of the Charter becoming law would be the unemployment of Muslim women as well as men from the Sikh and Jewish communities simply for exercising their right to wear expressions of their religious beliefs. It is morally wrong to require citizens to choose between their religion and their job.

Thus, this bill is clearly a violation of the principle of democracy and freedom of expression, values enshrined in both the existing Quebec and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Quebec via Canada is a signatory.

We therefore cannot support bill 60 and strongly urge this government to work towards creating a secular, pluralistic and liberal democracy that measures itself not by how it excludes its citizens but by how well it safeguards the rights of its individuals and its minorities to live free from racism, racial profiling, sexism, ageism and poverty.

RECAA values diversity, is enriched by it and will continue to work towards a culture of respect for all who live in Quebec! Such a culture is in the interest of all Quebeckers.

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National Seniors Day October 1st, 2013

Please Acknowledge National Seniors Day this October 1 by signing  the Ageing Demands Action UN Convention on the Rights of Seniors.
Click here to sign the petition. 

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Annual General Meeting 2013 and Celebration of RECAA’s 10th Anniversary

invites you to their 2013 Annual General Meeting
to celebrate
RECAA’s 10th anniversary
Thursday, 3rd October
17h30- 20h00
James Lyng High School
5440 Notre Dame West
QC) H4C 1T9
(bus 191 from Lionel Groulx Station)
Please RSVP Refreshments will be served
Tel : 514-846-8814 Ext. 6462, 514 746-5960

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On-line Petition

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013 / La journée internationale contre l’abus envers les ainés

It is our 10th anniversary this year and to kick off the celebrations, RECAA is happy to present We Are Old! We Are Wonderful! Come and see RECAA celebrate the positives, and some negatives, of growing old to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013. We will sing, dance, set puppets performing, show the videos we have made as we laugh together, speaking up for the old.

Refreshments will be served!
Thursday, June 13th 2013
Salle Communautaire Galleries du Parc — 3575 Ave. du Parc, at the corner of Prince Arthur (Metro Place des Arts/Bus 80)
Wheelchair entrance: 3590 Jeanne-Mance
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RECAA members have worked with director and playwright Lib Spry, performer and community theatre worker Nadia Cicurel, musician and composer Chimwemwe Dave Millar, puppet and set creators Clea Minaker and Jesse Orr and documentary film-maker Sophie Guérin learning new skills, and developing old ones.

This is the culmination of several months work as part of an Artists and Community Collaboration grant funded by the Canada Council of the Arts.


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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2012

Every year, RECAA organizes a day in recognition to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

Last year, the WEAAD happened to be on June 14th, 2012.


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