Speaker Series continues in 2024!  Get the answers to your most pressing questions at monthly seminars and panels.

Are you finding yourself continually looking for facts to get answers to your most pressing questions? The Empowered Seniors Speakers Series is a free community service offered to seniors and their families.

Every month, you can attend a seminar or a panel where you’ll gain valuable and honest information regarding topics that are important to senior living and retired people. You’ll leave each event with the ability to make informed decisions, and you’ll meet experts who can provide reliable and current information.

The seminars and expert panels are a community service offered AT NO COST to seniors and their families. 

Space is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Click on the registration link or call 905-330-5201 to save your seat for any of the sessions. 

Location:

Burlington Art Gallery
(Rotary and Shoreline Rooms)

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington ON

Dates and Times:

All sessions run from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM).

All sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Parking
There is a $3 fee for parking at the Art Gallery on the afternoons of each of our sessions. When you park in the parking lot on the north side of the building, there's no need to purchase parking tickets at the machine. Instead, simply head inside where you'll be asked to pay your $3 at the reception desk by the north doors of the Art Gallery. There will be no need to return to your car to place a parking pass on your windshield and your car will not be ticketed.

Upcoming Events

June 12, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Frauds and Scams - How to Stay Safe and Protect Yourself From Being Scammed

Detective Constable Dwayne Newham, Halton Regional Police

Scams, spam, and frauds are getting ever more sophisticated. By using the latest technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), scammers are able to access personal details, replicate voices, and imitate credible institutions. Scams are evolving at a rapid pace and we need to be aware and alert in order to protect ourselves, our families, and our assets.

This month, Empowered Seniors Speakers Series is pleased to welcome Detective Constable Dwain Newham from Halton Regional Police for a seminar, Frauds & Scams - Stay Safe and Protect Yourself. Detective Newham will share the latest scams happening in Burlington, what strategies to use to avoid becoming a victim, and how to be more aware of fraud.

During this seminar, you’ll learn:

  • How the fraudsters and scammers target victims
  • How to be aware but not afraid
  • About the tools scammers use
  • What the latest scams are and other fraudulent trends
  • What questions to ask when you suspect you are dealing with a scammer
  • When to contact the police

Join us on June 12, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

July 10, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Estate Planning - Tips and Traps

Debbie Stanley, CEO and Senior Estate Administrator, ETP Canada

Understanding and navigating the intricacies of estates is not something we can do on our own. From mountains of paperwork to social media passwords, there are so many details that can slip through the cracks. Fortunately, there are experts who can help us determine what is crucial in estate planning, explain what probate entails, and offer strategies to make the process of estate planning and execution as stress-free as possible.

This month, Empowered Seniors Speakers Series is pleased to welcome Debbie Stanley, CEO and Senior Estate Administrator, ETP Canada for a seminar, Top Tips & Tricky Traps of Estate Planning. Debbie will offer a comprehensive look at the key considerations in estate planning, such as the role of an executor, the significance of a well-crafted will, probate procedures, and more.

During this seminar, you’ll learn:

  • What power of attorney arrangements to make
  • What is probate and strategies to avoid it
  • How to ensure a smooth execution on one’s estate plan
  • Who to consider for the role of executor
  • Where to keep important documents, including passwords
  • Tips to navigate the process with confidence and ease

Join us on July 10, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

August 14, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Slippers vs Stilletos: Protecting Your Digital Assets

Christine Brunsden, Estate and Trust professional and Lee Poskanzer, The Digital Death Clinic

Over the past twenty years, digital technology has become a vital tool for our daily activities. But the technology revolution had added new challenges and complexities, especially when we need to consider the legacy we wish to leave behind. Just like physical property, digital property such as social media accounts, email, photo and video storage, and password management accounts, need to be handled with care. Having a dedicated plan for these assets can help your family protect what is important to you.

This month, Empowered Seniors Speakers Series is pleased to welcome Lee Poskanzer and Christine Brunsden, seasoned experts in digital assets planning. In this session, Slippers vs Stilettos: Navigating Digital Assets, our presenters will guide us through the world of digital property, offering tips for how to manage the technology in our lives.

During this seminar, you’ll learn:

  • What are the different types of digital property
  • How to ensure your digital footprints are managed gracefully (Slippers)
  • Common myths and popular misconceptions around digital property
  • Why neglecting digital asset planning burdens your family or fiduciaries (Stilettos)
  • Effective strategies for managing digital assets
  • What laws, regulations and policies may impact your digital property

Join us on August 14, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

September 11, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) - What It Is and What It Isn't

Sandra Andreychuk, Advance Health Care Consultant. BScN, MHSc, MSc. Quality Life Planning

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Join us on September 11, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

October 9, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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What You Need To Know About Condominiums and Condominium Living

Maria Durdan, Assistant Managing Partner at Simpson Wigle Law and Chair of the Condominium Practice Group

Moving into a condominium is an exciting change for most people who are ready to downsize. It’s the chance to be free of the burden of home maintenance and to have a fresh start in a new home. Condominium complexes are micro-communities and come in a variety of configurations, from self-contained apartments or townhomes that are easy to lock and leaveto semi-detached and detached homes where some or all of the exterior maintenance is taken care of for you. Whether you are already living in a condo or contemplating buying one, there is a lot to learn about rules, inclusions, and owner responsibility.

This month’s presenter, Maria Durdan, Assistant Managing Partner at Simpson Wigle Law and Chair of the Condominium Practice Group, will tell us What You Need to Know About Condominiums and Condo Living. In this Empowered Seniors Speakers Series presentation, Maria will share her knowledge about condominium law.

During this seminar, you’ll learn:

  • What are the typical rules of condominium living and ownership
  • What is the status certificate and how it applies to your purchase
  • The lawyer’s role
  • What you own and what you don’t
  • The role of the Board and your rights as an owner
  • The differences and similarities between different types of condominiums

Join us on October 9, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

November 13, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Taking the Fear Out of a Later-In-Life Move

Marion Goard, Broker and Lifestyle 55+ Master / Seniors Real Estate Specialist -  Keller Williams Edge Realty 

Irene Dzioba, Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist (CRTS), Canadian Certified Staging Professional (CCSP) - 360 Downsizing

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Join us on November 13, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

December 11, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Maintaining Physical Health and Emotional Wellness

Katie MacDonald - Regional Lead, Ontario Caregiver Organization

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Join us on December 11, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

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