Program Coordinator for Close to Home, West End Seniors’ Network
Jennifer Conroy is the Program Coordinator for Close to Home at the West End Seniors’ Network (WESN). Jennifer completed her Masters in Humanities on the wellbeing benefits of nature in cities, then graduated from SFU’s Gerontology Program with a focus on mobility and social participation.
A fervent cyclist, Jennifer did research with Silver Wheels, a recreational cycling group at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre. As a research assistant in Meghan Winters’ Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Research Lab, Jennifer co-authored a chapter on older adult cyclists in Cycling for Sustainable Cities.
During a first career in graphic design and communications, she volunteered with Streets for Everyone, the Grandview Woodlands Citizens Assembly, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and HUB Cycling, where she curated the first annual Bike Shorts.
Before Close to Home, she worked with Allies in Aging, doing outreach to potentially isolated seniors in multi-unit residential buildings. Jennifer is excited to identify, encourage and support social teams among older people in naturally occurring retirement communities.