Bonnie Schroeder, MSW, RSW

Bonnie Schroeder, MSW, RSW

Director, Age-Friendly Ottawa - The Council on Aging of Ottawa

Bonnie Schroeder (The Council on Aging of Ottawa)


Current Activity
The Council on Aging (COA) serves as a leading community voice for Ottawa’s seniors in both official languages. Our goal is to make Ottawa an increasingly Age-Friendly city by identifying and addressing issues that affect seniors in our community. Our vision is respected, informed, and engaged seniors living in an Age-Friendly city.

We achieve this through advocacy, education, research, and planning. The COA has been an active part of the Ottawa community for over 40 years, identifying and addressing issues important to seniors in health, housing, social isolation, transportation, elder abuse, income security, and making Ottawa more age-friendly.

Areas of Interest

  • Age-friendly communities
  • Age-friendly businesses
  • Caregiver support and education
  • Chronic disease and aging
  • Health promotion
  • Driving
  • Elder abuse
  • Fall and injury prevention
  • Housing
  • Home Care
  • Income security
  • Isolation
  • Issues that LGBTQ+ people face
  • Mental health
  • Mobility issues
  • Normal aging
  • Pedestrian safety and walking
  • Policy
  • Public and accessible transit
  • Retirement and employment
  • Socialization and participation

Approaches to Innovation

  • Policy
  • Population-based approaches
  • Evaluation
  • Integrated models of community/services delivery

Student Mentorship
Interested in supervising:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Master’s students
  • Older adults pursuing higher education