Bernard Betel Centre
Julia is recognized for her ideas that increase revenue, reduce cost and improve services. Most of the Russian-speaking seniors who access programs and services are socially isolated due to poverty, newcomer status and language barriers. Julia has made it possible for those individuals to make a real connection to the community. She challenges existing assumptions and thinks outside of the box. She has purposely worked toward shifting the attitudes and focus in the community towards the elder Russian-speaking immigrants. As well, she works with others to promote, implement and adjust solutions to change situations. In the past year, Julia has successfully built up the Health at Home program, which is now offered at six buildings instead of just four, and over 800 isolated seniors now have access to community based supports.