Bonnie is a registered social worker with over 18 years of progressive program development, management and evaluation experience in a variety of health, community and social service agencies at the local, regional and national level. Throughout her career, Bonnie has worked primarily with seniors, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Before launching her consulting business, Bonnie was the Director of Caregiving at VON Canada. She provided strategic leadership and advice on practice, program and policy initiatives related to caregiving, healthy aging, chronic disease management, home care and client safety.
She has been described by her colleagues as a maven with a broad understanding of the health and social care systems. She connects people to knowledge, resources and ideas. Bonnie is a recognized caregiving expert in Canada and has appeared in More Magazine and on CBC Radio, CTV Canada AM and Rogers Cable TV – Aging in Peel.
Bonnie is dedicated to producing high quality work and results for her clients. She has authored and coauthored with leading Canadian researchers several reports, discussion papers, presentations, and a book chapter. She has published and presented on such caregiving issues as caregiver support best practices, the care receiver – caregiver dyad, employed caregivers, respite in rural communities and risk factors and negative outcomes for caregivers.
In 2012, Bonnie was nominated by the Canadian Home Care Association for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to advancing caregiving issues in Canada.
On a personal note, she comes from a long line of avid cookbook readers (and caregivers too!) and is perpetually in search of the next gourmet recipe to master. If her two young girls were her only critics, she would have hung up her apron long ago! She also manage several apartment units and a vacation property with her partner.
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 A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. Maven is a Yiddish word and means ‘one who understands.’ Malcolm Gladwell used the term in his book The Tipping Point (Little Brown, 2000) to describe those who are intense gatherers of information and impressions and who are so often the first to pick up on new trends.