Linking Generations at Greenland Again !!

Does anyone remember the white canned snow you used to buy? Some people would spend hours spraying it on their living room windows with little triangles in the corner to resemble snowflakes on the window. Other people would spray the trees with it to make their Christmas Trees look like they had just been brought in front outside. When it came to clean up – everyone disappeared !

Students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) and seniors from Summerwood Seniors Residence shared a lunch hour walking through the festive trees at Greenland Garden Centre. This was one conversation overheard of a senior sharing her stories of Christmas’s  past with her ‘linked’ students.

Linking Generations Students and Seniors at Greenland Garden Centre

Students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High School spent a lovely lunch hour visiting with their partnered seniors from Heartland Housing – Silver Birch Manor and Lodge at Greenland Garden Centre. They walked amongst the beautifully decorated trees, while doing a scavenger hunt. To witness and hear the stories that were shared by our seniors, of the differences of Christmas’s past, was so rewarding.

While a lot of ancient cultures used evergreens around Christmas time, historical records suggest that the Christmas tree tradition was started in the 16th century by Germans who decorated fir trees inside their homes. … So, some collected evergreen branches or trees and brought them to their homes, in secret. The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and also garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees.

Linking Generations Students and Seniors at Greenland Garden Centre

Students from St. Theresa Middle School spent a lovely lunch hour visiting with their partnered seniors from Bedford Village at Greenland Garden Centre. They walked amongst the beautifully decorated trees, while doing a scavenger hunt. To witness and hear the stories that were shared by our seniors, of the differences of Christmas’s past, was so rewarding. One senior remarked that she has never seen such elaborate Christmas trees – her family only had a small tree  and they placed homemade cookies on the tree for Santa.

While a lot of ancient cultures used evergreens around Christmas time, historical records suggest that the Christmas tree tradition was started in the 16th century by Germans who decorated fir trees inside their homes. … So, some collected evergreen branches or trees and brought them to their homes, in secret. The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and also garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees.

Linking Generations Students and Seniors at Greenland Garden Centre

While a lot of ancient cultures used evergreens around Christmas time, historical records suggest that the Christmas tree tradition was started in the 16th century by Germans who decorated fir trees inside their homes. … So, some collected evergreen branches or trees and brought them to their homes, in secret. The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and also garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees.

Students from New Horizons Charter School spent a lovely lunch hour visiting with their partnered seniors from Silver Birch Haven and Manor at Greenland Garden Centre. They waslked amoungest the beautifully decorated trees, while doing a scavenger hunt.

Linking Generations Students and Seniors having Fun with their Halloween Crafting !

Students from St. Theresa Catholic School and Seniors from Bedford Village created Scary Wooden Spoons for Halloween. Did you know that the word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening.” Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.

Linking Generations More Students and Seniors having Fun with their Halloween Crafting !

Students from Salisbury Composite High School and Seniors from Sherwood Care created Scary Wooden Spoons for Halloween. Did you know that the word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening.” Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.

Linking Generations Nominated for Laurel Awards

In 1994, Duncan Craig LLP from Duncan and Craig Law Firm created the Laurel Awards so as to honour and recognize noteworthy charitable organizations for their commitment to volunteerism and working with seniors.

Once again, as in the past three years, Linking Generations was nominated for this award.

It is always so humbling to be nominated and recognized amongst so many worthy and notable organizations.

Linking Generations Students and Seniors having Fun with their Halloween Crafting !

Students from École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Seniors from Clover Bar Lodge created Scary Wooden Spoons for Halloween. Did you know that the word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening.” Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating

Linking Generations with More Halloween Crafting Fun with our Students and Seniors !

Students from École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Seniors from Summerwood Village Retirement Residence created Scary Wooden Spoons for Halloween. Did you know that the word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening.” Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating