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Hello Friends: June 4 - 7, 2018 Ottawa, ON

Reflect - Renew - Rejoice

Recognizing the Rights of Older Women as Human Rights

Hello Friends is an energizing three-day gathering open to all members of the Grandmothers Advocacy Network.  Happening only every two or three years, this will be GRAN's fourth Hello Friends conference. This year we will be meeting at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in the heart of downtown Ottawa, just a 15-minute walk from Parliament Hill.

Come join us as we celebrate our achievements and chart our path forward with inspiring speakers, informative workshops, and a trip to Parliament Hill to see our government at work. ( for a peek at the program.) Hello Friends is a wonderful opportunity for GRANs from across the country to meet face-to-face.  Conversations happen, new friendships are formed, fresh ideas are born, and together our commitment to advocacy is strengthened and renewed. 

The goals of this year's Hello Friends gathering are to:

  • Reflect on our past advocacy and its effectiveness;
  • Renew our commitment to advocating on behalf of the grandmothers, vulnerable children and youth of sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Identify our future directions, ensuring that the rights of older women remain central to our work; and
  • Rejoice in our advocacy successes and the strength we draw from each other as older women working in solidarity to recognize and advance the rights of older women around the world.

Our keynote speaker Monday evening will be Dr. Samantha Nutt, one of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian area. Dr. Nutt is a medical doctor and founder of the internationally renowned non-profit, War Child. For over 15 years she has been at the frontlines of many of the world’s major crises. Her book Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid details her experiences and will be available for signing. We know she will inspire us!

To check out all the inspiring speakers, workshops, discussions and events planned for Hello Friends 2018, .

We hope you will join us at Hello Friends 2018