Seniors Helping As Research Partners (SHARP)

Seniors Helping As Research Partners (SHARP)

SHARP logoAt GHS we are committed to working alongside those who are affected by our research. We are privileged to have many older adults and caregivers engaged with our projects at every phase through the Seniors Helping As Research Partners (SHARP) group.  
SHARP members  partner with us in a number of ways including:

  •  Participating in discussions and feedback sessions about various research topics and priorities
  • Developing presentations and/or co-presenting  with researchers
  • Consulting and collaborating on all phases of research (e.g. research design, data collection, interpreting findings, and developing knowledge translation products)
  • Developing  of research questions, grant writing and planning  future research projects.
  • Other activities such as, external research opportunities, events, workshops and social events

To date, we have over 60 members from the Waterloo-Wellington region. We are always looking for new members to share their experiences, ideas and opinions with us. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us by filling out the 'contact us' page , or by email at, or by calling Alexandra Whate at 519-888-4567 Ext. 40456


Featured SHARP Member

Meet Bill Brubacher...

Bill Brubacher in sitting position

 Bill Brubacher is a long-time resident of the Region of Waterloo and a successful entrepreneur. He is the former owner and President of Waterloo Music Co. Ltd., past President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), founding Director of the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), former Director of the Canadian Orff Schulwerk Society, a record producer and an internationally published author of 15 national best-selling books. He is a Certified Bereavement Specialist, and a Certified Conflict Coach/Elder Mediator, helping seniors and their families through difficult time through Caregivers Oasis, Pathfinder Canada, and Heart and Soul Bereavement for Seniors. He is also an active and supportive member of the SHARP group and has contributed to numerous projects, including the development of research related to care transitions for older adults.

Bill has recently authored a new book about his amazing life’s journey. His book, ‘Against the Odds’, is a ten-year testament to his incredible emotional, spiritual and mental tenacity as he fought to reinvent himself after experiencing tremendous loss. His model and message are an inspiration to all who struggle to survive in the face of defeat. Bill is currently offering selected readings and presentations of his book.

Bill can be contacted by email at

Check out the following video to find out why some of our members choose to volunteer with SHARP.

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