The Dementia Justice Society of Canada is a federally incorporated non-profit society dedicated to advancing the rights, needs and dignity of people with dementia who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved with the criminal justice system.
We strive to achieve our objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education, and interdisciplinary legal and policy research.
We strive to achieve our objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education, and interdisciplinary legal and policy research.
Sarah Main, Public Relations Assistant
Sarah Main is a second year PhD student in the Aging, Health, and Well-being program at the University of Waterloo. Prior to beginning her PhD, Sarah completed a Masters of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Over the past couple of years, she has been an active member in various research groups, such as the Geriatric Health Systems Research Group, and more recently, the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance. These research groups have provided her an opportunity to participate in a number of aging related research projects, ranging from conducting evaluations for young onset dementia programs, to helping create a dementia strategy for the South West and Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Networks.
Sarah has gained a wealth of experience in different volunteer settings. She is currently volunteering in a long-term care home, with a focus on recreation and leisure activities for individuals with dementia. Her research interests lie with mental health and improving the quality of life for individuals with dementia, particularly in the long-term care setting.
Sarah is excited to join the Dementia Justice team, as she believes that the group’s work will make important contributions to the National Dementia Strategy, and positively impact persons with dementia and their families.
Darryn Oldford, Communications Assistant
Darryn Oldford is excited to be joining the Dementia Justice team. He holds a Masters of Science in Global Ageing and Policy from the University of Southampton, a Postgraduate Certificate in International Development from Humber College and an Honours BA as a Political Science Specialist from the University of Toronto.
Trained in gerontology in general, his specific area of focus is vulnerable senior populations in Canada and the developing world. He has worked and volunteered extensively with many charities for people with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness throughout Canada. He has also worked with seniors without family support in rural communities in Kenya.
Darryn’s experience is varied, from studying Peace and Conflict at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to teaching in a public middle school in South Korea. As such, he brings a global perspective to Canadian issues related to crime and dementia.
When not working or studying, Darryn enjoys writing and will soon finish his first fiction novel. He is also engaged in working with LGBTQ youth of faith. Darryn currently resides in Toronto.
John Petrella, Research Assistant
John Petrella is a graduate of Western Law (with Distinction). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s Degree in Sport History, both from Western University.
Throughout his education, John has maintained an interest in research, publishing articles in academic journals and presenting his research at various conferences.
John’s interests include the intersections of the law and health, the impact of the law on the human body, the judicial review of state actions and legislation, and medical negligence.
In addition to his legal training and interests, John has experience working with older adults with mild cognitive impairments as a research student at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario.
John is eager to use his training and experience in both law and the health sciences to promote the increased accessibility of the justice system for older adults.
Hom Shrestha, Research Assistant
Hom Shrestha is a gerontology and cultural anthropology student at Laurentian University.
He graduated from the Activation Coordinator/Gerontology Program at George Brown College, and has travelled to Europe to study a Dementia Village in Amsterdam and the LGBTQ Regnbågen (Rainbow) cooperative association in Stockholm.
As a long-term care volunteer, including at Baycrest Hospital, Hom has experience with the Ontario Behavioural Supports program, which supports people with responsive behaviours associated with dementia and other cognitive conditions.
He has presented at the Canadian Association of Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting in Niagara Falls; the World Parkinson Congress in Montreal; and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress in Seoul.
Some of his research interest topics include aging and dementia care among First Nations in Northern Ontario, and Parkinson’s and geriatrics care policy advocacy in Nepal. As a public health advocate, Hom was a key figure in the legal victory against multinational tobacco companies in the Supreme Court of Nepal.
Nicole Dalmer is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). Her SSHRC-funded, doctoral research examines the often-invisible information work done by family caregivers of older adults who are living with dementia.
She is particularly interested in examining the intersections of information work and caring work; exploring the information-related work needed to care for an aging family member and the degree to which this work is recognized or obscured in aging in place policy and discourse. Ultimately, she aims to draw attention to the work involved in seeking, sharing and understanding information needed to provide care, information that is often scattered and fragmented across organizations and services.
Wearing her other research hat, Nicole also studies and advocates for the development of more responsive public library services for aging populations.
Professor Margaret Isabel Hall
Margaret Isabel Hall is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University.
Margaret's current research interests include law and aging, with a focus on mental capacity, vulnerability, and dementia, and systemic theories of liability in tort law. Her most recent research integrates "black-letter" doctrinal analysis with "law and society" approaches and methodologies (specifically, qualitative research methodologies).
Prior to joining Thompson Rivers as a founding faculty member in the Faculty of Law, Margaret taught in the Faculty of Law (Common Law) at the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia (now Allard Hall).
She has also worked in law reform and was instrumental in the development of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law at the British Columbia Law Institute, becoming the Centre’s first Director.
Margaret is an Affiliated Global Faculty Member with the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative centred at Emory University, Atlanta and a Fellow/Research Associate with the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at the University of British Columbia. Margaret is also an adjunct professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.
Margaret has published extensively in the areas of tort law and law and aging (with a focus on mental capacity, vulnerability, and dementia); Margaret’s publications may be accessed through her SSRN author page and at Research Gate.
Professor Adelina Iftene
Adelina Iftene is a law professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Her main research and teaching interests are criminal law and procedure, prison law and prisoners' rights, sentencing, evidence, and human rights.
Adelina received her PhD in law, from Queen’s University. Her dissertation, focusing on the aging of the prison population and its legal consequences, is currently under contract with University of Toronto Press and will be available as a book. Other publications based on this work can be found on her SSRN author page.
In addition to scholarly work, Adelina has been actively engaged in numerous policy and volunteer projects surrounding prisoners’ rights, rehabilitation and reintegration, both at federal and provincial levels. She is currently a member of the Prison Law Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario. Adelina is also volunteering as a prison book club facilitator with Book Club for Inmates at Nova Prison for Women in Nova Scotia.
Barbara Lindsay has been with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. since 1997 and is currently the Society's Director of Advocacy and Education & Marketing and Communications.
Her work with the Society involves planning, implementing and evaluating public policy and advocacy, and liaising with government agencies and regional health authorities. Her department is excited about their education initiatives: providing a comprehensive and evidence-based education curricula for people with dementia, families and caregivers; an education program for health care providers and the introduction of a Dementia-Friendly Communities program.
Barbara is committed to ensuring the voices of people with dementia, caregivers and families are heard as we are work towards a world in which people living with the disease are welcomed, acknowledged and included. In taking on the Marketing & Communications portfolio Barbara is working to increase the Society’s engagement with the people we support and with those who support the Society’s mission.
A lawyer whose passion is for people rather than paperwork, Barbara also assists Society staff in their work supporting people affected by dementia with their advocacy and legal planning, as well as being the Society’s privacy officer.
Helene Love is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she is studying ageing and the law of evidence. Specifically, her dissertation considers how judges treat the testimony of elder witnesses and asks whether the laws of evidence respond appropriately to seniors.
She has published her research on age, ageism and the criminal justice system in a number of peer reviewed journals including the International Journal of Evidence and Proof, the Canadian Bar Review, and the Canadian Criminal Law Review.
Before starting the SJD program, Helene obtained her LLB and LLM from the University of British Columbia and worked as a litigator with a national firm.
Aileen McGinty is currently employed as the Crown Attorney with the Mental Health Court and Court Monitored Drug Treatment Program in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Prior to that she was a lawyer in private practice with a particular interest in elder law and consent and capacity issues.
Over the past 20 years, Aileen has been involved with a variety of mental health advocacy groups. She is a current Board member of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) National Board and a former member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Mental Health and Law Advisory Committee. Between 2010 and 2015 she also sat on the Review Panel for the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act (NS).
Aileen has spent many years working in the area of health law and policy both in the UK and Canada and has presented at conferences around the world. She is also qualified to post-graduate level in psychology. Current professional memberships include: Nova Scotia Barristers Society, Law Society of Scotland and the British Psychological Society.
Daina Stanley is a PhD candidate in medical anthropology at McMaster University. Her current research explores aging, end-of-life and hospice care in prison.
Specifically, Daina examines the living and dying experiences of prisoners, as well as the experiences of prisoners engaged in hospice as volunteer providers of care. Daina’s research also examines community-based palliative and hospice care models and programs in prisons and involves extensive fieldwork over two years in U.S. state prisons. She will use her findings to suggest meaningful models of community-based end-of-life care in correctional settings that include prisoners in the process. Her research is supported by the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Daina has received awards from the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Gilbrea Centre for Studies on Aging for her dissertation research. She is also a Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for Research in Empirical Social Sciences and sits on the McMaster University Research Ethics Board.
She holds an M.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Anthropology and Criminology from the University of Ottawa.
Heather Campbell, Director
As founding director of Dementia Justice, Heather has combined her passion for elder rights and criminal law. A former lawyer, Heather began her law and ageing career as an articled student at the B.C. Law Institute / Canadian Centre for Elder Law, and then ran her own general law practice in Vancouver.
She has held a variety of positions related to the seniors sector, including as a lawyer at the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support's Elder Law Clinic (now operating as Seniors First BC), the director of policy and research for British Columbia’s long-term care industry association, and a project management analyst with the B.C. Ministry of Health’s Seniors Action Plan Team, where she worked with colleagues on completing the provincial elder abuse prevention strategy.
An advocate for improving the lives of older people, and those affected by dementia, Heather's commentaries have been published in local, regional and national newspapers. She has also made radio and television appearances to discuss seniors' issues.
Heather has presented at conferences across Canada and internationally. Some recent events include the International Legal Ethics Conference in New York City; the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence Conference in Auckland, New Zealand; and the Aging in America Conference in Washington, D.C. Her topics have included issues such as criminal behaviour in dementia; the legal ethics of hiring private investigators in suspected elder abuse cases; dementia and the legal definition of mental disorder; and loneliness in old age.
Originally from Toronto (Etobicoke), Heather has a BA (Hons.) from Queen’s University, and an LLB and LLM from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. She lives in Ottawa.
You can reach Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.