Community Collaborations

CERAH works with many organizations, community partners, and community members to organize, facilitate, and  support various aging and health-related educational and knowledge translation groups. CERAH is involved in the following committees, collaboratives, networks, and working groups:

Palliative Care Education Collaborative

The Palliative Care Education Collaborative plans, facilitates, and supports the delivery of palliative care education across Northwestern Ontario. Membership is comprised of individuals with a mandate to deliver palliative care education in Northwestern Ontario. Regional and cross-sector representation is highly valued. The Collaborative is a working group of the Regional Palliative Care Program and reports to the Regional Palliative Care Program Advisory Committee. 

If you are interested in joining the Palliative Care Education Collaborative please contact us!

​Please contact Stephanie Hendrickson

North West Regional Geriatric Education Collaborative

The purpose of this committee to promote the sharing of best practices and innovation in the care of older adults across all sectors of health care via one day workshops, webinars, and print material. The goals of the education produced include: advancing knowledge and practice in the health care of older adults across northwestern Ontario, raising awareness of similarities and differences in health care practice across Northwestern Ontario, building collaboration across the northwest between Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) providers and health care partners across all sector, and engaging health system leaders and partners, which may include government and administrative leaders, patients, families, and caregivers

For further information contact CERAH at or (807) 343-8010 Ext. 7271.

North West Dementia Working Group

The North West Dementia Working Group NWDWG is an advocacy group for people living with dementia in North Western Ontario. The group was formed in March 2014 as a sub committee of the North West Dementia Network (NWDN).

The vision of the group is to ensure people living with dementia are treated with respect, dignity, and afforded their human rights, and the mission is to be a voice for people living with dementia. 

Membership consists of people living with dementia, and care partners living across the region of Northwestern Ontario.

Meetings are held at CERAH at Lakehead University (The Balmoral Street Centre). The meetings take place on the fourth Monday of every month from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. EST, and video or teleconferenced to those participating within the region. 

Interested in more information or wish to join the working group? Visit the NWDWG website or contact us!

Elaine Wiersma

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The Caregivers Support Committee (CSC)

The Caregivers Support Committee (CSC), Thunder Bay, ON strengthens and facilitates inter-agency collaboration and communication to promote awareness of matters pertaining to caregivers.  The committee includes identified representatives from organizations providing programs and services for caregivers of older adults and meets monthly from September to June. In collaboration with CERAH, the CSC publishes the Caring Connections Chronicle three times a year. This newsletter is for formal and informal caregivers in northwestern Ontario who are caring for older adults and highlights caregiver news, resources and opportunities.

 For further information regarding the Caregiver Support Committee call 1-833-416-2273.

Compassionate Thunder Bay

CERAH is proud to be a member of Compassionate Thunder Bay – A group that aims to spread awareness of Compassionate Communities and act as a hub for Compassionate initiatives Thunder Bay. Compassionate Communities is a social movement that aims to normalize and increase community support for those experiencing death, dying, loss, or those caregiving.

Compassionate communities is about everyday citizens, businesses, and organizations getting involved and supporting people with end-of-life events related to aging, dying, grieving, and caregiving. Every community member acts as an agent of change by encouraging their community to advocate, and provide assistance and practical support within their community.

To learn more and join us in the movement, visit Compassionate Thunder Bay