Who is the NICE Learning Series on Aging for?


The NICE Learning Series on Aging will increase your knowledge and deepen your understanding on a variety of topics related to aging.   You will be joining learners from all walks of life, including older adults, healthcare professionals, caregivers, university students, and life-long learners.   Join us as we learn from professionals in the field of aging as well as those with lived experience.

Meet Our Instructors

Senior Instructor

Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark is a Social Worker at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and has been an active member of the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Team at TOH and with the Champlain Regional MAiD Network since 2016. Lauren is also the volunteer President & CEO of Bridge C-14. In early 2017, she met Jan Ditchfield, the Founder of Bridge C-14 and joined its founding Board of Directors. Lauren is deeply passionate about providing families with compassionate support throughout their journey with MAiD and took over the organization after Jan stepped down from day-to-day operations in June 2019. Lauren holds a Social Service Worker diploma from Lambton College, a certificate in Dementia Studies from Lakehead University, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Carleton University. She is a registered Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). Lauren was named as one of the OASW Inspirational Leaders for 2019 for her work with MAiD, has spoken at local, provincial and national conferences, and has been a guest instructor for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)'s Advanced Practice Gerontological Social Work course for health professionals working in the Sinai Health System. Through her post-secondary education, Lauren developed a strong interest in chronic illness and grief and bereavement. As such, she tailored much of her learning to these areas. Her current positions, at TOH and with Bridge C-14, have allowed her to seamlessly integrate this knowledge into practice, both on the in-patient unit and through her participation in MAiD.

Senior Instructor

Robert Nelder

I am a member of the Senior Pride Network (Toronto), a program for seniors at the 519 Community Centre and I am presently on SPN's Education Committee. I am a past member of the National Seniors Advisory Council to Egale Human Rights Trust. NSAC is a group of 2SLGBTQI+ Seniors and allies from across Canada working to improve the quality of life of Queer seniors in Canada by advising Egale on Seniors' issues and activities, fostering nation-wide partnerships and collaboration, identifying opportunities for Egale to support the work of local organizations across Canada. Through SPN and NSAC I have co-developed and co-presented workshops to those who work with or advocate for the rights of senior members of our communities in long-term care homes, nursing homes, hospitals, medical centres, social worker students at the U of T, etc. I have also been involved in LTC as a Home Advisory Council member and I assisted in the organizing of Gender and Sexuality Alliances at True Davidson and Rekai LTC home in Toronto. Before I retired, I was a high school educator involved in developing social justice courses for my school board. As a Guidance Counselor, I worked with other teachers in developing and providing anti-homophobia education workshops for students, staff and administrators. I am 79 and married to my husband, Peter. This year we will be celebrating our 44th anniversary.

Senior Instructor

Martin Krajcik

Martin Krajcik (pronouns he, him, his) is an educator in equity, diversity and inclusion. His primary focus is identifying the issues affecting 2SLGBTQI (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning and Intersex) people as well as implementing projects and making recommendations for the ways that governments, institutions, and individuals can take action to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and other intersecting oppressions and to improve the well-being of the 2SLGBTQI community globally. Having been educated in social work at the master’s level, for over twenty years, Martin has been involved in working as a human rights instructor, mentor and developer of educational concepts. He has delivered workshops to service providers, social workers, nurses and doctors, police officers, teachers, school administrators, as well as to members of the public, with a goal to create safer and more accepting spaces and communities for 2SLGBTQI people to make their lives affirmed, visible and celebrated.

Who Are We? We're NICE!

The National Initiative for the Care Of the Elderly (NICE) is an international network of researchers, practitioners, and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.

Our members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy, law and older adults themselves and their caregivers.

We are excited to bring experts in aging issues.

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