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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

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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!

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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 !

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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 !!

Linking Generations The seniors from CloverBar Lodge and our students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Painted Bird Houses

Homemade birdhouses can provide wild birds with a safe place to build nests and raise their young, and building birdhouses can be an enjoyable craft. Our seniors from CloverBar Lodge and our students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) had a great afternoon as they prepared for the spring birds to arrive and have new houses to fly into.

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Linking Generations OLPH Students and Summerwood Seniors Residence painted lawn and garden ornaments

Our students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) and our seniors from Summerwood Seniors Residence had a great afternoon as they painted home made lawn and garden ornament signs together. These beautiful handcrafted works of art will be displayed within Summerwood Seniors Residence over the summer months.

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