Mariam Larson works with government and cross-sector organizations to create all-ages-friendly communities. After a first career running her own corporate communications and marketing consultancy, Mariam added gerontology expertise to her professional toolkit. Since 2003, she has developed, managed, and facilitated projects that address housing challenges, accessibility issues, caregiver dynamics, transportation barriers, social isolation, and creation of age- and dementia-friendly services and programs.
As Lab Manager for the Seniors Housing Innovation Project, Mariam managed the work of 50+ organizational partners to shape approaches to addressing the needs of low-income seniors, which provided a foundation for the Seniors Housing Collaborative.
Mariam was also instrumental in facilitating development and delivery of the first-ever Learn + Connect Series on Homelessness with the Homelessness Services Association of B.C.; worked with the City of New Westminster COVID-19 Task Force for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities to rapidly develop and deliver responsive programs to address critical needs; was Project Consultant for age- and dementia-friendly action plans for seven municipalities; and was Project Lead for Allies in Aging, a multi-year collective impact initiative to increase seniors’ social connections in Metro Vancouver.
Mariam is an active grandmother to twins and caregiver to her 90-year-old mother. She walks aplenty and is always happy to talk about her latest great read.