Marilyn C. Fischer, BSW Phone: 778-878-5369 | email@example.com
Marilyn is a skilled professional social worker with 15 years’ experience in assessment, advocacy and care planning in and for the Fraser Health Authority. Prior to obtaining her social work degree at UBC, she enjoyed a challenging career as a legal secretary and advocate.
Seven rewarding years of social work support to frail seniors in acute hospital and residential care gave Marilyn a deep appreciation of the courage and strength of seniors and their families as well as insight into the challenges frequently experienced in attempting to navigate our health care system. This understanding informs her advocacy for support and preventative services for clients which will allow them to continue living in their own homes as long as possible.
Currently Marilyn is a volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer Society and an activated member of Patient Voices Network which works to improve primary healthcare at the local level. As well, she is a member of the Seniors Regional Planning Table (funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland), where she was recently instrumental in the preparation of recommendations submitted to the Ministry of Health regarding the proposed Office of the Seniors’ Advocate.
Having been a long distance caregiver for her parents who lived with Alzheimer Disease, serious heart and respiratory issues, Marilyn is intimately familiar with the frustrations, demands and rewards of that role.
Marilyn and her husband Jim enjoy spending time with their family of five adult children and eleven grandchildren.
"Marilyn has been providing support and advocating for me for several months. She listens to me and has helped me to put my life back together. She is one fine lady! At first I was hesitant but I am appreciating the personal care she helped get organized for me. I’m not so worried about falling now that I have a home support worker nearby when I bathe." -Dianne S.
"Marilyn… facilitates and co-facilitates Adult Kid’s support groups and this role requires many skills – providing clear and accurate information on changes to government, provincial and municipal policy that affects seniors, as well as a safe and confidential space for caregivers to share their feelings… " -Rose Puszka, Support and Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of BC
"The need for assistance in navigating the hurdles of coordinating care whilst supporting independence for the client is clear to all of us…Marilyn has the experience, ability and work ethic required to meet that need on an individual basis for the aging person and his or her loved ones." -Anne Duggan, Elder Life Advocacy, Nanaimo, BC
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