A London bank manager is this year’s recipient of the Brian Young Award, which recognizes people who take strides to prevent the abuse of seniors.
Karen Dredge, manager at Scotiabank’s Cherryhill branch, has worked to ensure staff at her bank are educated on the subject of financial abuse targeting seniors and also provides public education on identifying and responding to such abuse.
She has also directly intervened in cases of financial abuse aimed at seniors, a police release states.
Dredge will receive the award at 10 a.m. on Friday (June 15) at the Kiwanis Senior Centre at 78 Riverside Dr. and the award ceremony coincides with International Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The Brian Young Award was founded in 2008 to recognize the commitment that London Police Service Inspector Brian Young, who retired that year, made to ending the abuse and neglect of older adults.
It is given annually to an individual or group who works towards removing barriers faced by seniors, increasing awareness about abuse and supporting a collaborative community-based approaches to preventing and dealing with abuse.
Young joined the London police in 1970 and in 2000 he founded Project SENIOR and the Multi-Disciplinary Action Team.
“His vision of this committee was to develop a community-based and senior-driven inter-linking community response network to assist abused and neglected older adults in London and Middlesex County,” a London police media release states. “Under his leadership the committee established the Senior’s Helpline at the London Distress Centre.
“He set the foundation for the coordinated response to abuse of older adults, which has now become the Coalition to End Abuse of Older Adults.”