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Changing the way we view aging

 

Pat Spadafora
GETTING TO KNOW ME

Most important, I am the proud wife of the most supportive husband ever – he is my touchstone. I am also the mother of three adult children who inspire me daily with their work ethic, perseverance, compassion and creativity. These qualities are also evident in their partners who are now family too. Nothing is more important to me than my family and friends. They are my ‘why’. I love to travel, hike, read, participate in Zumba exercise/dance classes and give back to my community by volunteering. I am committed to personal growth and development, striving to be the best version of myself so I can give my best to others.

 

I love my work too (which never really feels like work to me!). My career has focused primarily on social work, post-secondary education and applied research. From 1999-2017, I was dedicated to creating, launching and building a comprehensive program of applied research at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. The overarching goal of the research was, and continues to be, enhancing the quality of life of older adults, their families and our communities.

 

As the founder and former Director of the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, I have a proven track record of taking innovative projects from concept to reality. Under my leadership and, working with an exemplary team, the Centre produced an impressive body of work and developed a reputation for inventive, interdisciplinary research that can be translated into practical programs in the community. To learn more about my background, please click here.

Working with Pat

‘In 1999, Pat saw what no one else saw: a clear need for a college-based research centre focused on population aging and older persons. She brought it to life through her leadership, dedication and ability to bring people together in support of her goal. Pat has intricate knowledge of Canada's older population—and no one can match her insight into their potential to remain active contributors to Canada’s economic and social fabric.’

‘Over the past fifteen years I have had the immense pleasure of having Pat coach and mentor me as I continue on my career path to improve the quality of life and services for older adults. Pat has an outstanding ability to look at concepts and bring them to life. Pat is an outstanding woman with so many accomplishments and skills. I am extremely grateful to have her support me in my journey and could not have achieved what I have without her.’

‘For many years, Pat was a leading Professor in the areas of Social Work and Gerontology at Sheridan College. During that time, she became a thought-leader on issues impacting our growing communities of elders. My work with Pat has intersected at several points during her career and she continues to create opportunities for innovation and progress in support of our older generations. Particularly impressive is Pat's ability to understand and reach out to the many diverse communities of seniors and make the connections necessary to fully inform our service systems about how to respond to our varied and growing needs. Pat's approach to community-based groups and agencies demonstrates a clear understanding of the special issues facing the non-profit sector.’