School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Public Health Policy  in Action: An Effective Community Response to Elder Care”

Helen Cooper, President, Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc., Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
Vincent DePaul, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University

Thursday January 30, 2020


Helen Cooper
President, Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc.,
Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
BIOGRAPHY

Vincent DePaul,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
BIOGRAPHY
 

Helen Cooper holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Queen’s. She worked briefly as a chemist at Procter & Gamble, then joined CUSO to teach in a secondary school in Tanzania. Upon graduating with an M.Sc. in Econometrics from the London School of Economics in 1973, she taught at the Polytechnic of the South Bank. When she returned to Kingston, she became a Research Assistant in the Queen’s Economics Department. She was elected as a municipal councillor in 1980, then as Kingston’s first woman mayor from 1988 to 1993, also serving on the Queen’s Board of Trustees. She then began a term as Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board. In 1991 Helen served as President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as well as a member of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy and the Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy. In 1997 she was appointed as Planner-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo and as a member of the Board of Cancer Care Ontario. From 2001 to 2006 she served on the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. In 1998, she joined the Ontario Public Service, first as an Early Years Community Coordinator, then as the program delivery manager of adult developmental services until her retirement at the end of 2014.  She is a Distinguished Fellow at the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and president of Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc.

Vince DePaul is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He did his Physiotherapy training at McMaster University and has worked with older adults and individuals with neurological conditions in a variety of clinical environments. He completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, and post-doctoral training at the Toronto Rehab Institute.  

His research focuses on the development, testing, and translation of interventions that promote optimal mobility-related function in older adults and individuals with stroke and brain injury. Current work includes evaluation of the impact of the Oasis program (www.oasis-aging-in-place.com) on mobility, physical activity and broader health outcomes; and the OSCAIL Colloaboration, promoting optimal stroke rehabilitation care in low-resource healthcare environments in low and middle-income countries.