Field Learning Specialist
Office: 495 Glengarry Avenue, Thompson Tower
CHERYL TAGGART is a Field Learning Specialist in the School of Social Work, University of Windsor. Over the past ten years Cheryl has worked extensively with many Southwestern Ontario Communities to develop collaborative and coordinated responses to the issues of elder abuse in their region. By facilitating the development of a shared vision, building on unique community strengths, and developing multisectoral partnerships many communities have bridged the gap to successful elder abuse response networks.
To support the efforts of these networks, Cheryl has been involved in cross-sectoral training including groups from Community Policing organizations, First Nations, Seniors, Estate Planners & Trust associations, police services, faith leaders, CCAC’s and health care professionals. She has acted in the capacity of Advocate for Older Adults, Elder Abuse Response Program—Citizen Advocacy Windsor-Essex for many years, and continues to consult on a regular basis around the most difficult and complex cases. In order to support greater community capacity to respond to elder abuse Cheryl has also worked in conjunction Citizen Advocacy in a position as Client Liaison Officer, Community Care Access Centre. She was also selected as a Consultant for an Ontario government Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse in 2001, working with eight consultants across Ontario to develop community response partnerships.
Currently, through her efforts with the Elder Abuse Resource & Prevention Committee-Windsor/Essex, Cheryl is involved in furthering the capacity of our local community to meet the needs of those experiencing elder abuse, particularly through mediation services. She is also ry involved with the community in developing a local response to Diogenes Syndrome (hoarding) as it affects older adults and has participated as co-investigator on the recent study, “Toward Sustainability: Creating New Partnerships for Homelessness Prevention: An Exploratory Study to Understand the Nature and Extent of Diogenes Syndrome in Windsor-Essex County” .
Cheryl continues to teach as a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor, School of Social Work.