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2022-2023

Our students from École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) and seniors from Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge had a Paint Day !

Paint Day ! Paint Day ! Paint Day !

Everyone remembers the popular “Paint Nights” that happened everywhere prior to Covid.

Linking Generations reintroduced the event and brought the event to our Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge seniors.

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Balloon Volleyball with Strathcona Christian Secondary Academy & Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

Seniors from Summerwood Village Retirement Residence had a fun and silliness this afternoon of Balloon Volleyball with our Linking Generations Strathcona Christian Secondary Academy students!

It is wonderful to witness our seniors enjoying themselves and becoming active again ! It is amazing to see that although they are seniors, they have the desire and will to W-I-N!

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Linking Generations Executive Director, Debbie Sinclair, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Linking Generations Executive Director, Debbie Sinclair, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of her commitment and dedication to her province, community and family.

Debbie serves and strengthens our community by fostering connections between seniors and youth. She does this with focused intention and passion. By involving and encouraging community partnerships, she has impacted the community with positive relationships that strengthen all the generations.

Thank you to MLA Nate Glubish, Strathcona-Sherwood Park for this wonderful nomination!

Congratulations Debbie !

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Reminiscing About Our Heritage

We’ve all heard members of older generations start a story with an eye-roll-prompting, “Back in my day,” which is then followed by a seemingly endless list of ways things have changed in the intervening years .

However, while those tales of walking 10 miles in the snow may be a little stale, there’s no denying that life has changed in some seriously significant ways over the last half-century.

Linking Generations seniors and students shared and discussed various “Back to our Heritage ” items supplied by Strathcona Museum. Many students had never seen some of the items, and our seniors had stories to tell .

St. John Paul II Junior High School & Heartland Housing Dr. Turner Lodge

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Bev Facey Community High School & Sherwood Care

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École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) & Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge

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St. Theresa Catholic School & Christenson Developments Bedford Village

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Lakeland Ridge Junior High School and Chartwell Emerald Hills Special Christmas Visit

Our in school intergenerational programs would not be a success without the great support our schools give us. 

This December, one of our school partnerships, Lakeland Ridge Junior High School, surprised us with a very special treat for our ‘linked’ seniors residing at Chartwell Emerald Hills.

All the teachers from Lakeland Ridge Junior High School got together and donated money to purchase each participating Linking Generations senior with a bag of Christmas gifts. From puzzle books, to games, to candy, to woolen socks and Christmas ornaments. Our seniors were just as thrilled as we ourselves were.

Thank you to the teachers at Lakeland Ridge Junior High School – your hearts have made many seniors feel welcome and connected to our community.

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Linking Generations Christmas Crafts

It’s holiday craft time.

Did you know that crafting promotes natural conversation and curiosity.

Strathcona Christian Secondary Academy & Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

Conversations begin easily and continue as our Summerwood Village seniors and Strathcona Christian Academy Junior High Students create Holiday Spoons to hand out to families.

Just to keep it festive, Christmas Carols were playing in the background.

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Linking Generations Volunteer Grandparent Program

The Volunteer Grandparent Program offers seniors in Strathcona County more opportunities to help bridge the multi-generational gap. The Volunteer Grandparent Program was created in response to a lack of opportunities for young and older generations to relate in an increasingly age-segregated society.  

Seniors go into the classrooms of the partnership school and enjoy many activities with the students. Some of the activities are:

  • reading stories to the whole classroom
  • having a student read a story to the senior
  • help students who are having difficulty with an assignment
  • showing students how to knit
  • teaching the students how to dance
  • helping students plant tomatoes or flowers

The list goes on. The activities are only limited by the imagination of the seniors, teachers and the students.
What an amazing opportunity for everyone !!

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Linking Generations Seniors and Students doing Puzzles, Crosswords and Christmas Trivia

Alberta winter is here !

Linking Generations students and seniors worked on a “Winter Snowflakes” puzzle … and on a “Snow, Snow, Snow” crossword … and on “Christmas Trivia” questions.

Did everyone get all the question or clues correct?

It really didn’t matter, having fun talking and trying to figure out the questions was more important.

Bev Facey Community High School & Sherwood Care

Even Santa came out to sing with the seniors and students !!

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École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) & Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge

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Lakeland Ridge Junior High School and Chartwell Emerald Hills

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St. John Paul II Junior High School & Heartland Housing Dr. Turner Lodge

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Balloon Volleyball with Bev Facey Community High School & Sherwood Care

Seniors from Sherwood Care had a wild and crazy afternoon of Balloon Volleyball with our Linking Generations Bev Facey High School students!

It is wonderful to witness our seniors enjoying themselves and becoming active again ! It is amazing to see that although they are seniors, they have the desire and will to W-I-N!

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Linking Generations at Greenland

It’s that time of the year when Linking Generations tries to plan something special for our seniors for the holiday season.

Everyone loves Greenland Garden Centre in December. Linking Generations treated our seniors to a holiday visit by taking them and their linked students to Greenland Garden Centre, allowing the teams to wander through the wonderful array of Christmas trees, while doing an ornament scavenger hunt where teams must find the ornament that alludes to the hint.

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) & Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge

Everyone loves Greenland Garden Centre in December.  Students from OLPH Junior High wandered through the wonderful array of Christmas trees, while doing an ornament scavenger hunt where students had to find the ornament that alludes to the hint.

Unfortunately our linked seniors from Clover Bar Lodge did not attend due to severe winter weather temperatures.

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Strathcona Christian Secondary Academy & Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

Seniors from Summerwood Village and our Junior High Students from Strathcona Christian Academy. To everyone: Happy Holidays !

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Students and Seniors have a Paint Day !

Paint Day !

Everyone remembers the popular “Paint Nights” that happened everywhere prior to Covid.

Let’s reintroduce the event – Linking Generations brought the event to all of our seniors and students.

The students enjoyed painting the winter scenes with their linked seniors, while visiting and sharing stories between the generations.

Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School & Country Cottage Retirement Residence

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St. John Paul II Junior High School & Heartland Housing Dr. Turner Lodge

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St. Theresa Catholic School & Christenson Developments Bedford Village

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Lakeland Ridge Junior High School and Chartwell Emerald Hills

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Students and Seniors are Releasing “Happy hormones” !!

Playing board games triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals.

“Happy hormones” have the power to improve conscious and unconscious mind functions, leaving a person feeling cheerful, compassionate, and ultimately content.

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) & Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge

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Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School & Country Cottage Retirement Residence

The students from Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and the seniors at Country Cottage Retirement Residence were doing just that. Having fun and releasing all sorts of “Happy hormones” !!

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St. Theresa Catholic School & Christenson Developments Bedford Village

The students from St. Theresa Catholic School and the seniors at Christenson Developments Bedford Village were doing just that. Having fun and releasing all sorts of “Happy hormones” !!

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Strathcona Christian Secondary Academy & Summerwood Village Retirement Residence kicking off a New Year

Linking Generations is thrilled to kick off a new program this year, linking seniors from Summerwood Village with Junior High students from Strathcona Chrisitan Academy.

Both seniors and students were excited to meet in person and we look forward to our upcoming weekly visits together.  

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Getting together with Dr. Turner Lodge and St. John Paul School in Fort Saskatchewan ! 

The purpose of our programs are to bring generations together so they can learn from each other, share their life experiences, and to encourage volunteering and social responsibility in youth.

Students and seniors volunteer their time to visit each week beginning in October and ending in May.

We are thrilled to continue our wonderful relationship with Dr. Turner Lodge and St. John Paul School in Fort Saskatchewan.

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More Seniors Head Back to School ! 

This time our partnership school Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) extended an invitation to our participating Linking Generations seniors from Heartland Housing Silver Birch Lodge/Haven Seniors Residences to attend an afternoon back in the classroom. Our seniors witnessed what a classroom looks like now – no black boards- only white boards! And computers.

What a fun afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.

Seniors took part in an afternoon of several core subject assignments and then were all awarded their passing certificates !

A very special Thank You to Mr. Alyre Morin ( principal ) and Ms. Denise Gagnon ( teacher) for making this special outing a day of laughter, hugs and memories for our seniors. Plus, we send a Shout Out to say Thanks to Drive Happiness for ensuring our seniors got to school on time and got back home safely!

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