joins PTS to co-host The Ageism Conference is happy to annouce that we will be joining PTS in co-hosting the Ageism conference, organized & presented by PTS. 

Join us in Building Inter-generational Communities

Ageism is a social attitude that stereotypes people based on their age. Historically speaking, ageism has been examined as a phenomenon that affects seniors. However, all of us; those at the ends of the age spectrum and those of us in the middle, experience and perpetuate ageism.

Through this ground-breaking conference we will examine ageism as a multi-directional social behaviour. We aim for an atmosphere of community-wide learning that will help us challenge our assumptions and grow our understanding of each other by:

– Learning language and theories to discuss ageism as a community
– Sharing our personal experiences with ageism using a restorative justice model
– Synthesizing our discussion to uncover actions for building towards a healthy inter-generational community.


When: Monday, April 29 from 8:00am–5pm

Where: Dominion-Chalmers Church, 355 Cooper St.

Cost: Recommended minimum donation of $25 for individuals. $130 for organization representatives. If money is a barrier, please contact the organizers at to find out about our subsidized attendance opportunities.

Limited registration. Contact Veronica at to reserve your spot. Payment accepted online through EventBrite or PayPal. If you would like to pay by cheque please make payable to:

331 Cooper St, Suite 200, 
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0G5.

If you would like to drop by to register, please call ahead to confirm someone will be there to receive you. We can be reached at 613-563-4818.

Lunch will be provided. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please contact the organizers to discuss your needs.

Venus Envy


=== SCHEDULE ===

Doors open: 8am
Welcoming and Registration: 8am-9am
Opening Remarks: 9am-9:15am

Morning session #1: 9:15-10:15am
Ageism as it interplays with the value of beauty and desire, and the body as currency.

Break (10:15-10:30)

Morning session #2: 10:30-11:30
Thinking through age-relations in a context of fear-based politics and homophobia/transphobia/biphobia/queerphobia

Lunch- BBQ sponsored by Venus Envy and Hartman’s: 11:30am-1pm

Afternoon session A) 1pm-3pm: Using a restorative justice discussion model – fishbowl (inner circle talks and outer circle listens), each demographic will be given a 30 minute opportunity to discuss ageism with their peers in the inner circle while the outer circle listens. Each phase of the discussion will be 30 minutes long and will investigate themes such as stereotypes, terminology, language and experiences of invisibility and invalidation.

The Senior Fishbowl: 1pm-1:30pm 
The Youth Fishbowl: 1:30pm-2:00pm 
The In-betweeners Fishbowl: 2:00pm-2:30pm

Break 2:30-2:45pm

Afternoon session B) 2:45pm-4pm: By synthesizing the information gathered through the fishbowl discussions, we will develop a concrete action plan for participants and organizations to to pro-actively challenge ageism in our community.

Closing Remarks and Mingle: 4pm-5pm

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