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Callista Ottoni receives Killam Doctoral Scholarship

June 2021 – Active Aging Research Team PhD student Callista Ottoni was one of nineteen UBC doctoral candidates who received a Killam Doctoral Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

"These awards are available to students in all disciplines, and this year’s winners are researching areas across the intellectual spectrum, from Mathematics to Reproductive and Developmental Science," explains the award website.

Ottoni's research uses mixed methods and video to explore older adults’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly loneliness and social connection.

"I am honoured to receive this award and grateful to the guidance from my mentors. Most importantly this award allows me to champion research that advocates for listening to, learning from, and being led by the lived experiences of people too often overlooked in our society, such as older adults. I hope my research can contribute to a greater understanding of how to decrease urban loneliness and foster resilient social connectedness," said Ottoni.

The Killam Doctoral Scholarships are provided each year from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency/Affiliated Fellowships competition.

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The Prince George Citizen, a weekly newspaper serving the whole region, featured our Choose to Move program in advance of new program offerings this Spring. The article included the voices of local past participants, who shared their experiences and discussed the life-changing effects of the program. The article is available online here. Read Here:

Prince George Citizen |  April 29, 2021

COVID-19 has changed staffing practices in Long-Term Care.
We urgently need to understand how these practices impact residents, their families, and staff.

News Releases |  December 4, 2020

Our Choose to Move activity coach Omnia El Shayeb from Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House appears on CBC's 'Our Vancouver' to share about how Choose to move can support older adults to keep mobile and socially connected in the new year.

CBC 'Our Vancouver' |  January 8, 2021

Seniors advocate sets out damage done and calls for sweeping changes to pandemic response. Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould shares her concerns.

The Tyee |  November 3, 2020

As BC's COVID-19 cases begin to have exponential growth, Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould provides some tips on how older adults can stay connected with their faith communities without exposure to the virus.

The Tyee |  November 2, 2020

Many seniors have spent the last six weeks in solitude due to coronavirus. UBC associate professor Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould is concerned about their mental health.

CBC Radio |  May 1, 2020

It’s more important than ever for seniors to maintain an active lifestyle. UBC Professor Joanie Sims-Gould discusses the challenges facing seniors because of COVID-19 and has some tips on how older people can stay active at home.

Global News |  April 1, 2020

By Rachel Barken and Joanie Sims-Gould

International Network for Critical Gerontology
June 21, 2019

Seniors have been identified as one of the groups most vulnerable to the virus. In response, special care has been taken to protect them from potential infection.

UBC Alumni Webinar |  April 30, 2020

An innovative free program in B.C. hopes to help older adults get up, get out and get active.

Global News  |  January 2, 2020

A small successful health promotion trial goes province-wide.

VCH Research Insider |  May 25, 2019



All the right moves: Physical activity across the lifespan. BC Alliance for Healthy Living Webinar. December 2018

Choose to Move: Implementation Science in Action. Born to Move webinar held by British Columbia Alliance for Healthy Living (BCAHL). December 4, 2018.

Importance of physical activity for older adults.  BCIT Magazine. Shaw cable television, Vancouver. October 13, 2016.


Choose to Move; a novel program that promotes the health and mobility of older adults. CBC Radio “Early Edition”. March 31, 2017.

Five jumps a day – that’s the minimum for bone strength. RoundHouse Radio. March 30, 2017.

Five jumps a day – that’s the minimum for bone strength. CBC Radio. On the Coast interview. March 23, 2017.