Several Tuolumne County agencies have joined together to present an Elder Empowerment Conference on June 13 at the Black Oak Casino Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Tuolumne.

The information -filled free event will feature Christina Snider, executive secretary of the Native American Heritage Commission and tribal advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown, and

Dr. Patrick Arbore, founder and director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services, a program of the Institute on Aging.

Local speakers will include Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians tribal members Zandra and Dore Bietz, Ginger Martin from the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office and Victim Witness, and Bob White, Prevention Programs, YES Partnership director, Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency.

The conference will include booths with local agency information, a continental breakfast and lunch. Tuolumne County Behavioral Health will provide continuing education units for BBS, BRN, and Addiction Specialist.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for check-in, and the Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through 4 p.m. with guest speakers and informative presentations.

Sponsors of this year’s conference include Adventist Health Sonora; Area 12 Agency on Aging; The Hotel & Conference Center at Black Oak Casino Resort; The Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities; Tuolumne County Adult Protective Services; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians Elders and Social Services Programs; Tuolumne County Behavioral Health; and Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office and Victim Witness.

Seating is limited, and reservations for the conference are required. To make reservations or for more information, call the Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities at (209) 532-7632.

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