17th Annual John K. Friesen Conference
"Active Aging and the Built Environment: Health for All"
is a MA candidate in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. She received a PBD in Urban Studies from SFU in 2004 and a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia in 2000. Ann’s research interests include active living for older adults, neighbourhood design and planning, and community-based health programs. She completed an internship with the City of North Vancouver’s Community Development Department and has fulfilled short-term contracts with Vancouver Coastal Health, the Edible Garden Project, and New Vista Society. She is currently working with Drs. Habib Chaudhury (Department of Gerontology, SFU) and Atiya Mahmood (Department of Design and Human Environment, Oregon State University) on a HRSDC-funded project on housing and health of older immigrants in Canada. Ann is also the project coordinator on a three-year CIHR-funded study of neighbourhoods and the physical activities of older adults living in Vancouver, BC and Portland, Oregon. Her thesis research explores the influence of physical environment and social capital on the physical activities of older adults living in two North Vancouver neighbourhoods.