On Aging: Canadian Conversations - The Work of the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)

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On Aging Canadian Conversations are resuming in September, so mark your calendar for this twice monthly series featuring discussions with thought leaders about timely topics on aging.

Starting September 22nd at noon Eastern Time and continuing the second and fourth Thursday every month, join us for a 30-minute break in your day to get informed and inspired.

The first episode this season will feature the work of the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) and joining us will be Janet Siddall, retired Canadian diplomat who spent most of her thirty-year career working in immigration and refugee affairs in Africa and Asia. She also held several senior positions in Ottawa, including that of Assistant Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

But it was her early experiences in the 1980s in Kenya that led to her abiding passion for sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges facing its people.  Janet returned to Africa in 2007 as the Canadian High Commissioner to Tanzania before retiring in 2009. She now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Janet has been active in the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) since her retirement. GRAN is a not-for-profit network of volunteers from across Canada who advocate for the protection and promotion of the human rights of older women in the global south, and in particular, in sub-Saharan Africa. Janet served as the Co- Chair of GRAN from 2018- 2022.

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