Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Just as aging brings about series of changes in our selves, so too are urban spaces affected by the passing of time. Over the years, cities and neighborhoods all eventually shift as a result of economics, urban repurposing or decay. This public conversation examines how our neighborhoods evolve (devolve?) over time and we experience these changes as we ourselves age. To what extent do we rely on our surroundings in defining ourselves? Should we welcome urban shifts as inevitable? Otherwise, how do we temper change and react to gentrifying encroachments on our neighborhoods?
Apostolia Petropoulos currently with a position in a CHSLD Age3 (jewish eldercare) and also the coordinator of the Caregiver Navigator Project at the CREGÉS (Centre de Recherche et d'expertise en Gerontologie sociale). Before her role in CHSLD, she was a social worker in homecare (soutien au domicile) in the CLSC RENE-CASSIN and Benny Farm. Also, since 2011, she has been a board member for the Services Sociaux Helléniques du Québec - Hellenic Social Services of Quebec; an organization that has a mandate to serve the vulnerable populations of the Greek community of Greater Montreal; with one of the offices on Ogilvy (parx-ex) that helps people with form filling, advocacy with CLSC and offers a weekly foodbank on Tuesdays.
Julien Simard holds a Master degree in Anthropology and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Urban Studies, at Institut national de la recherche scientifique. He is specialized in the fields of Death studies and Critical social gerontology. In the past, he conducted ethnographic research among hospice settings. His current work aims to document the experience of older tenants in gentrifying neighborhoods of Montreal.
Pascual Delgado has been active as a community development organizer in Montreal since 1971. Born in Cuba, Delgado has a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as accreditation as an intercultural trainer and expert consultant in diversity management. From 2004 until 2014, Delgado worked at ACCÉSSS –federation of which he was one of the founding members in 1984. Since 2008, he has organized dozens of training workshops on programs and services for ethnocultural communities’ seniors, as well as pertaining to the problematic of ageing in a multicultural society. He was previously appointed to chair the Provincial Strategic Implementation Committee to Combat Abuse toward the Elderly of the Cultural Communities. In 2013 he was appointed to the National Council on the Ethics of Ageing.
Rehab Mahmoud is a human and organization learning facilitator. She is passionate about people, learning, and growth; a passion that inspired her practice throughout her career in the domain of learning and development. She worked as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, university teacher, and program manager. She has a special interest in the art of hosting, systems thinking, and conversations as a way of knowing.