Conference Planning Committee

Program: Julie Pennal, Sarah Feeney-Martin, Kelly Meeussen, Suzanne Teixeira, Sue Hesjedahl, Dena Silverberg, Amanda Rose, Kara Miller

Social: Lisa Tobio, Fiona Mueller, Dena Silverberg, Karie Papillon, Shirley Glauser, Karen Pyatt-Westbrook, Lina Zita, Rolf James Duran, Nellie Kingsbury

Treasurer/Sponsorship: Sue Hesjedahl, Lina Zita

Delegate Packages: Lina Zita, Fiona Mueller

Volunteers: Suzanne Teixeira, Sue Hesjedahl

Registration: Fiona Mueller, Lina Zita 

Marketing and Promotion: Lina Zita, Fiona Mueller

Technology: Lina Zita

(Chair/Co-Chairs are bolded)

Conference Recording is now available!

Access to recordings will be available till June 30, 2022. CLICK HERE to purchase.

Questions can be forwarded to: Lina Zita at or 905-584-8125.

Registration is now closed.

Registration is now closed.



Title Sponsor

Alliance Program

First established in 1947, the Company is now comprised of 41 cemeteries, 27 crematoria & 90 funeral homes across Canada. Our cemetery properties range in size from approximately 25 to 200 acres and are staffed by permanent maintenance, administrative and sales personnel. The highly-trained professionals at our funeral homes are experts at providing personalized support and customized services and events for small and large gatherings.

The funeral homes and cemeteries of Arbor Memorial Inc., have been developed to provide for the specific needs of many ethnic and religious groups in Canada and are recognized as important contributing members within their respective communities.

Additionally, members of the OACAO are entitled to discounts when planning ahead or in their time of need as part of the OACAO’s Arbor Alliance partnership. 4% savings for cemetery, lots, niches and other interment rights and excludes above ground crypts. 5% savings on all other funeral and cemetery products and services on final arrangements at time of death. 10% on all other funeral and cemetery products and services on final arrangements made in advance. Access to Arbor Memorial’s free planning tools.

For more information about Arbor Memorial Inc., and to find an Arbor Memorial location nearest you, visit or call 1-877-301-8066.


Gold Sponsor

Home and Auto Insurance for Members, Staff, and Volunteers Members, staff, and volunteers of OACAO Centres have the opportunity to save on their home and automobile insurance through an exclusive program offered by Johnson Insurance. Because you’re a part of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario, you receive exclusive access to special benefits and group discounts, up to $620 a year on car insurance, including: • 24/7 Emergency claims service • Online access to your policy through a safe and secure “Members only” website • First Accident Forgiveness • Roadside Assistance • AIR MILES® reward miles • And so much more Johnson Insurance Inc. has been offering programs to the 50+ community for many years. Call 1-800-563-0677 and quote ID code: O4 for your FREE no-obligation quotation and see how much you can save! Visit our website at


Bronze Sponsor

OASSIS is different than other Group Benefit Providers. We are the Plan Sponsor for hundreds of Not-for-Profits, we handle your due diligence and deal with the insurance companies for you. We have been doing so since 1990. OASSIS is ¬not a for-profit broker, we are not-for-profit like you, which allows us to focus our energy on serving our clients. Any profits are owned by and are used to benefit our members. Our member organizations are pooled together to spread risk resulting in stable rates year to year. Moving your Group Benefits Plan to OASSIS is simple and we do most of the work for you. In most cases we can mirror your current plan and make the transition seamless for your employees. OACAO member centres are eligible to enroll in one of six comprehensive packaged plans for non-profit organizations with 1 to 50 employees; or in a complete customized benefit plan for organizations with 20 or more employees. Complimentary Wellness program for all plan members. OASSIS also offers individual Health and Dental Insurance for retirees. or call toll-free 1-888-233-5580

Who do I contact for conference recordings and resources?

Please contact or call 905-584-8125, toll free 866-835-7693. Purchase a copy of the recordings at: click here. Access to recordings will be available till June 30, 2022.


I am interested in being a sponsor for the Conference, who do I contact?

Please contact Sue Hesjedahl at for more information.


Where can I learn more about the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario?

Please visit for more information.