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Order of Canada honours Gloria Gutman

September 25, 2017

Gloria Gutman is honoured for her research and leadership in the field of gerontology and for her advocacy addressing the issue of elder abuse. She served as the founding president of the Gerontology Association of B.C. from 1977-79. She established SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre in 1982, and a year later, the Department of Gerontology, serving as the centre’s first director and the department’s first chair. As a longstanding leader in the field, she secured more than 100 grants and contracts totaling more than $16 million, most recently for her work on elder abuse and neglect in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) community. Among her continuing research is a study funded by a $2.1 million Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) partnership grant evaluating knowledge mobilization for older adults (2012-2018). Gutman co-led the BC Network for Aging Research (2004-2010) and was named an honorary member of the International Society for Gerontechnology in 2014. She received the prestigious International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Presidential Award in 2009, and the Order of BC in 2007, for her lifetime of work in gerontology. Her latest honour is drawing accolades from colleagues across the country, including those at the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN), who call her contributions to older adults and their wellbeing “legendary.”

It's been very exciting both for me personally to have been honoured with such a prestigious award, but also because of the visibility that it brings to Canadian Gerontology, elder abuse, and Simon Fraser University. I have received a lot of awards in my life but this one is pinnacle because to be included in the club with individuals who have made substantial contribution to the country. I am grateful to the Simon Fraser University for the opportunity to do this important work and to fill gaps in training, research, and increasing Canada’s influence in international development. I am most proud for the development of the GRC, Department of Gerontology and putting the second “G” for Geriatrics in International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

- Gloria Gutman