After a 25-year career in financial services, Pat Irwin founded ElderCareCanada to assist seniors and their families to plan and implement solutions for care, housing and long-term planning and care management. Her eldercare career includes consulting, advocacy and education.
Advocacy includes Corporate Employee Assistance Programs, seminar series such as “ElderCare 101”, “The Invisible Cost of Eldercare in the Workplace”, ‘Is It Time Yet?” as well as custom seminars. She has been profiled in the Globe and Mail, Your Money, Canadian Business and other national magazines. Publications include numerous print and on-line articles in Caregiver Solutions Magazine, Help’s Here, Forever Young, Dialogue, Senior’s Connection and her blog on www.eldercarecanada.ca.
Media includes CBC Radio’s Fresh Air, The Current, Definitely Not the Opera, Classical 96.3fm, US-based Internet radio program, Coping with Caregiving; Discovery Health Channel TV’s Health on the Line
She is listed in annual editions of Who’s Who of Canadian Women
Pat is a Professor of Distance Learning at Centennial College, creating and teaching modules in the Retirement Communities Management Certificate program offered by Ontario Learn.
Education includes a BA from the University of Toronto, Associateship in the Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA/CPCA) designation, certificate in mediation from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Personal interests include a 30+ career as a singer and volunteer fundraiser with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, board memberships with the Mendelssohn Choir, the Viva Youth Singers of Toronto, the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, Orchestra Toronto, and the volunteer committee of St. Michael’s Hospital.