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About PACE 2000 International Foundation...

Dr. Marie-Madeleine Bernard PACE 2000 President

Mandate & Goals

The Intergenerational Virtual Village (IVV)
Board of Directors
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Mandate & Goals

PACE 2000 International Foundation's mandate is to foster communication between youth and seniors, in an environment that is mutually enriching and supportive. Intergenerational bonding favours social support, mentoring and professional rehabilitation of youth, while enabling seniors to live independently and to manage their health-related issues from their home.

PACE 2000's main goals are:
    • Development and national expansion of the intergenerational virtual village, by videoconference and,
    • Construction of the residential village for seniors and students to become a model for intergenerational community support and integrated care.


PACE 2000 International Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization (Reg.# 892857962 RR 0001). The name PACE is an acronym for Programs for Autonomy and Communications for the Elderly.

The PACE 2000 mandate is to promote continuous communication links between seniors and young people through the use of new and developing technologies.

By fostering interaction between these two groups PACE 2000 creates opportunities for young people to acquire social skills, to develop professional contacts and to participate in cultural and linguistic exchanges. The interaction allows seniors to live longer in their own homes and provides support for their independence.

One of the main tools used by PACE 2000 to achieve these goals is the Intergenerational Virtual Village (mediated via the Inter-PACE 2000 Videoconference Network).


Videoconferencing between Seniors and Youth
PACE 2000's
Intergenerational Virtual Vilage, IVV

For seniors residing in long term care facilities as well as for those who live alone, Inter-PACE Videoconferencing provides a window on the world. They communicate by way of their television screens, without the help of a technician, from one centre to another, to recent immigrants to Canada and to students in a French Immersion Sociology class.....even to a physiotherapist at the hospital.

The communication of sound and image was specially adapted by PACE 2000 to meet the needs of seniors and young people. The interface is easy to use, the characters and icons are large and the transmission of movement is improved through dedicated Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) transmission lines. Now little stands in the way of grandparents sharing with their young protégées (students, immigrants or little children) the jigs they danced when they were younger, the pictures of their old school houses, the beginnings of the sport of basketball etc.

The PACE 2000's Intergenerational Virtual Vilage, IVV, is a solution to many of the problems encountered by these two groups of people:

    • the growing distress of young people and the social and medical problems associated with it;
    • the isolation of seniors and the loss of independence and early death resulting from this isolation;
    • the increase in health care costs, the cost of long term care in-home and in institutions;
    • the spurt in population growth for seniors;
    • the growing probability of conflicts in funding between the two populations at risk -- young people and seniors.
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PACE 2000's Board of Directors

Jean Vautour, P.Eng, BME
PACE 2000 President
Dr. Marie-Madeleine Bernard
PACE 2000 Vice-President
Agnes Fennell
Founder & former CEO of Unitarian House
Evelyn Shore
Community Care Access Center Board Director, Accounting Consultant

Yvan Morin
(Honourary Member) Co-Founder of PACE 2000
Lawyer, Senior Borden partner, Gladener & Gervais

Douglas Angus
(Honourary Member ) Vice Dean,
Faculty of Health Administration University of Ottawa
Mathias Fruhwirth, P.Eng.
Elect. Eng. PACE 2000
VC Network Director

Liane Meunier
PACE 2000's Tele-Physiotherapist
Centre Familial de Physiothérapie



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