The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding area residents that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is marked each year on June 15. It is an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

Since 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have honoured this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse by organizing events to share information and promote resources and services that can help increase seniors’ safety and well-being. Elder Abuse networks and organizations are planning multiple WEAAD activities across the country to mobilize community action and engage people in discussions on how to promote dignity and respect of older adults.

On June 15, at 10 a.m., the OPP will have an information booth set up at the Asselin Independent Grocer, located at 1560 Cameron Street in the Town of Hawkesbury. Members of the public are invited to visit to ask questions, or get information to be prepared.

Let’s honour this landmark and continue raising public awareness of elder abuse.