About Us


CARP Ottawa is a local chapter of CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons), one of Canada’s largest advocacy organizations with approximately 300,000 members.

In 2018, CARP Ottawa’s Board made improving the delivery of care in Ontario’s long-term care homes a top priority. This led to collaboration with CARP Ottawa’s Advocacy Working Group on Long-term Care, a small group dedicated to meeting twice a month, hosting monthly webinars, and promoting public action to persuade the Ontario Government to change long-term care homes from institutions to homes.

Change LTC Now is driven by a dedicated team of volunteers with decades of experience in dementia care, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to transform long-term care homes from institutions to homes, enriching the lives of residents, families, and staff.

Meet the members of the Advocacy Working Group:

Dawn Cooper, from Ottawa, has worked with several cancer and hospital organizations and has a background in fund development.

Carol Dueck brings experience in governance of a family council network and a long-term care home in the Niagara region.

Marg Eisner currently resides in Hamilton and has over 30 years of experience in education and program development, focusing on dementia care.

Vicki Iler has over 25 years experience in health care, pharmaceutical and retirement home industries and is currently a member of CARP Mississauga Board.

Barbara Schulman, from Ottawa, brings over 30 years of experience in management, particularly in health care and dementia care.

Kathy Wright, from Ottawa, has 30 years of experience as the Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

We would like to thank CARP Ottawa for providing financial support for the enhancement of our website/blog and the integration of our social media platforms.

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