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Linking Generations First Visits Start

September brings the start of our 2019-2020 program year, and our Official First Visits. Our Linking Generations Intergenerational programs provide “mentored and structured visits” aimed at building relationships between seniors and youth in our community. Our programs bring two generations together so they can share their knowledge and life experiences and to encourage volunteering and social responsibility in youth. To ensure program success we “link” each participating senior with two youth. These two young adults will remain matched with the same senior for the complete program year. Students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High met their ‘linked’ senior from Silver Birch Manor/Lodge for the first time today, and already smiles, laughter and new memories have been shared.

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Schools Out For Summer – But the Work Continues at Linking Generations

School may be out for all the students, but the work to prepare for the 2019-2020 year continues. Over the summer the staff at Linking Generations, the senior centers, and the schools are planning and coordinating the visits between the Students and Seniors.

We hope that the summer is amazing for everyone, and the new 2019-2020 year for everyone will be wonderful.

See you all when the new school year starts !!

Linking Generations Launches Volunteer Grandparent Program

Linking Generations is pleased to announce the launch of the Volunteer Grandparent Program, a new initiative which will offer seniors in Strathcona County more opportunities to help bridge the multi-generational gap. With funding provided by Strathcona County through its 2019 Social Services Grant Program the Volunteer Grandparent Program has been created as a pilot project in response to a lack of opportunities for young and older generations to relate in an increasingly age-segregated society.

The Volunteer Grandparent Program will place participating seniors into classrooms at eight elementary schools in Strathcona County commencing this October. Schools on board at this time include St. Theresa Middle School, OLPH Junior High School, Jean Vanier Elementary, Millshaven Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Davidson Creek Elementary, Holy Spirit Elementary and Pine Street Elementary.
Created in 2004 as a charitable organization, Linking Generations provides mentored and structured visits aimed at building relationships between seniors and youth in our community. The program brings generations together so they can share their knowledge and life experiences, and encourages volunteering and social responsibility in youth.

The Linking Generations Volunteer Grandparent pilot project is supported by Volunteer Strathcona through an Collaboration Grant to assist with volunteer recruitment support.

For more information please contact:
Debbie Sinclair, Executive Director

Linking Generations – Planting with Seniors from Summerwood Village Retirement Residence with students from École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH)

Many seniors are isolated, and they welcome spring eagerly. Spring allows our seniors to venture back outside, sit in courtyards or relax with the sun shining on their face. Our planting visit with our seniors and students brought excitement and anticipation of placing their newly potted plants on window sills, balcony’s and even in the courtyards.

A heartfelt thank you to Greenland Garden Centre for ensuring we had spring annuals available a bit earlier than anticipated!

Planting with Seniors from Heartland Housing- Silver Birch Manor & Lodge with students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High School

Many seniors are isolated, and they welcome spring eagerly. Spring allows our seniors to venture back outside, sit in courtyards or relax with the sun shining on their face. Our planting visit with our seniors and students brought excitement and anticipation of placing their newly potted plants on window sills, balcony’s and even in the courtyards.

A heartfelt thank you to Greenland Garden Center for ensuring we had spring annuals available a bit earlier than anticipated!

Linking Generations – Planting with Seniors from Bedford Village and students from St. Theresa Middle School

Many seniors are isolated, and they welcome spring eagerly. Spring allows our seniors to venture back outside, sit in courtyards or relax with the sun shining on their face. Our planting visit with our seniors and students brought excitement and anticipation of placing their newly potted plants on window sills, balcony’s and even in the courtyards.

A heartfelt thank you to Greenland Garden Centre for ensuring we had spring annuals available a bit earlier than anticipated!

Check out the pictures in the Gallery !!

Linking Generations – Seniors from Summerwood Seniors and linked students from OLPH capture 10 months old memories !!!

Through scrapbooking our youth and older adults can exchange information about the life span in relation to aging, examine their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Scrapbooking a year of memories connects the generations and for both youth and elders, sharing pictures can expand their known worlds.

Sharing memories and some private moments and laughter as they look back on the visits they have had in the last ten months !

Check out the pictures in the Gallery !!

Linking Generations – Seniors from Heartland Housing- SilverBirch Manor and Lodge

Through scrapbooking our youth and older adults can exchange information about the life span in relation to aging, examine their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Scrapbooking a year of memories connects the generations and for both youth and elders, sharing pictures can expand their known worlds.

Sharing memories and some private moments and laughter as they look back on the visits they have had in the last ten months !

Check out the pictures in the Gallery !!

Linking Generations – Seniors from Bedford Village and linked students from St. Theresa Middle School capture 10 month old memories !!!

Through scrapbooking our youth and older adults can exchange information about the life span in relation to aging, examine their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Scrapbooking a year of memories connects the generations and for both youth and elders, sharing pictures can expand their known worlds.

Seniors from Bedford Village and linked students from St. Theresa Middle School share some private moments and laughter as they look back on the visits they have had in the last ten months !

Check out the pictures in the Gallery !!