Ana Maria Cruz Valderrama is a firebrand. It took us about six months to find time for her to do our Ask Women Anything because she is so busy helping seniors in our community. Ana Maria is the CEO of the Club Casa de los Abuelos, which is an entirely volunteer-based organization that has been operating since 2004 and was a pioneer of immigrant seniors’ services in Ottawa. Its services are limited to the Spanish-speaking population, and include help for seniors to connect and a variety of activities to maintain them active. Run with a minimum of funding thanks to the work of volunteers, the Club Casa de los Abuelos provides an extensive range of programs, including: assistance with housing, translation services, support for medical and hospital appointments, seminars on healthy eating for healthy living, recreational and socialization activities (outings, workshops, crafts, seasonal parties, a buddy system), 24 hours support and dedicated assistance to vulnerable seniors.