Margie van Zyl Chapman of Cape Town, South Africa, serves as Chairperson for the SACF. She is the Pass It On Network’s liaison from CommonAge, an international association created in 2013 to foster learning, experience and best practice in care for the ageing throughout the 52 member countries of the British Commonwealth. Margie is a social worker by profession with a truly global vision.
She’s passionate about networking, sharing stories, discovering tried and tested solutions that can be applied locally and developing intercontinental partnerships for the greater good. Her academic credentials were earned cum laudé and have led to a lifelong career of experience in multicultural ageing in South Africa with specific emphasis on long-term care, leadership training, and partnership development.
She’s been on the Board of CommonAge since its inception. She was also a long-standing board member of GAN (the Global Ageing Network, previously IAHSA, the International Association of Homes & Services for Ageing), and served for two years as their global chair. She is the founder of the South African Care Forum. Today she heads up Take the Lead, a consultancy focused on Living well, Ageing well. Through this she will continue to influence the care sector through leadership coaching and care staff development alongside continued collaboration and partnership development.
Jo-Anne Stevens-O’Connor, Social Work Manager – PADCA (Pietermaritzburg & District Council for the Aged)
Jo-Anne, a social worker by profession, has been working in the field of Elder Care for PADCA (Pietermaritzburg & District Council for the Aged) for some 20 years and manages a team of 6 social workers who work across a broad spectrum of ageing issues. She also serves on the boards of Emuseni and Allison Homes providing care for disadvantaged elder in Pietermaritzburg.
She has presented two papers at International Federation on Ageing conferences (in Denmark and Australia). Her particular interests include Active Ageing (she facilitates a Big Walk annually for over 60’s) and also organises an annual sports day for about 200 elders. She has linked with Take the Lead – living well, ageing well to bring a mobility station to Sunnyside Park Home and to train care staff in healthy ageing.
Jo-Anne is married with two adult children; she enjoys walking the dogs, hiking, gardening, wild life and yoga – her destressers in life.
She believes passionately in the value of liaising, networking and learning from others who walk a similar path, to be inspired by their triumphs, to share knowledge. Jo-Anne believes the Care Forum is an opportunity to develop and contribute to the field of ageing in South Africa to build a body of knowledge that is nationally relevant and that will enable us all in the challenges we face.
Greg Shaw – Director, International and Corporate Relations
IFA (International Federation on Ageing), Toronto
Greg Shaw has a science and health administration background. Until taking up the position of Director, International and Corporate Relations at the IFA in June 2003, he held senior management positions in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in Australia. Before joining the IFA he was the Manager for residential aged-care and community aged-care programmes in Western Australia. His long career with the department included management of the Compliance, Complaint and Accountability Section, having responsibility for the regulatory regime associated with quality of care in residential and community care services.
He held positions in the department since 1986, with much of his earlier work focusing on policy development and programme implementation supporting the aged-care needs of rural and remote communities throughout northern Australia. This work, with a placement with the department’s rural and remote policy unit in Darwin, pioneered many of the programmes in place today that support Australia’s indigenous population and remote communities.
An advocate of the aged-care needs of marginalised community groups in the 1990s, he worked with many ethnic communities in Western Australia that resulted in the establishment of a number of aged-care homes and community aged-care services specifically designed and targeted for those communities.
Since joining the IFA, Greg Shaw has had responsibility for the development of the Building Capacity in Health Care programmes in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish the South African Older Persons Forum and represents the IFA at the United Nations.
He works closely with the government and has responsibility for IFA elder-abuse initiatives. Elder-abuse initiatives have included the development of educational toolkits targeted towards youth. In 2011 he was responsible for convening an international forum on Sexual Safety of Older Women and in 2013 will lead a high-level meeting to examine issues of financial abuse of Canadian seniors.
In 2013, he has been working with other civil society organisations on the Global Thematic Consultations on Population Dynamics, Post-2015 Development Agenda, to ensure the needs of older people are recognised.
An advocate for older people across the globe, he is acutely aware of the importance to consider the needs and priorities of older people in planning for all contingencies.
Ivan Ooosthuizen, – CEO – Livewell Villages
Ivan has been actively involved the Senior Living, Retirement and Health Care industry as a specialised industry in and around Cape Town. He has acted in a variety of exciting retirement developments, consulting projects, overseen management agreements and offered consulting
services to developer clients and other professional bodies. He has a number of personal businesses in other areas which he finds rewarding on a personal level and they include writing, research and Human Resources consulting. Ivan enjoys contributing towards the development of individuals (self-help), companies, products and brands.
Prof Jaco Hoffman, DPhil (Oxon), is a Research Professor.
Prof Jaco Hoffman heads the Optentia Research Focus sub-programme: Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa at North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) as well as James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at Oxford University, UK. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Ageing in Africa at the University of Cape Town. He is the Co-ordinator of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) and a Board Member of the South African Care Forum (SACF), and a past President of the South African Gerontological Association (SAGA).