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2021-2022

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME !

Our Holy Redeemer Junior High Students and Chartwell Emerald Hills seniors dressed in their favorite team jerseys and together tested their sports knowledge.

Happy to see many of you wearing your favorite team apparel !!!

GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

Food Bank Donations

Each year, we have a special visit with our seniors and students. We call it The Price Is Right.

Students bring non-perishable items from home, and the seniors and students must guess the price of the items ‘today” and seniors share the cost of such items from years ago.

The non-perishable items are then collected between all of our programs, and delivered to the Strathcona Food Bank.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS !

It’s December and the snow has arrived

Our students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Junior High created some surprise gifts for their linked seniors at Heartland Housing Clover Bar Lodge.

Board Games with Bev Facey Community High School and their linked seniors from Sherwood Care

Students from Bev Facey Community High School spend the afternoon visiting with their linked seniors from Sherwood Care.

board game
plural noun: board games
any game played on a board, especially one that involves the movement of pieces on the board, such as chess or checkers.

Board Games with St. Theresa Middle School and their linked seniors from Bedford Village

Students from St. Theresa Middle School spend the afternoon visiting with their linked seniors from Bedford Village.

board game
plural noun: board games
any game played on a board, especially one that involves the movement of pieces on the board, such as chess or checkers.

Board Games Always Bring a Smile, and Lots of Conversation

Who does not like a board game?

Especially with a fresh snowfall happening outside the doors.

Holy Redeemer Junior High and Chartwell Emerald Hills

Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School & Chartwell Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Winter is Coming … Let’s embrace it!

Our Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help students created winter themed decorations for a surprise gift for their ‘linked’ seniors at Clover Bar Lodge.

B-I-N-G-O

Who does not love a game of good ole fashion BINGO?

Our Sherwood Care seniors enjoyed the afternoon with their ‘linked’ Bev Facey Community High School students as they tried to outwit each other and win the game. 

It’s always amazing to watch the connection between the generations when the two generations have ‘games; in common ! 

Bev Facey Community High School & Sherwood Care

THE PRICE IS RIGHT ! COME ON DOWN !!!

Linking Generations students and seniors are giving back to our community in time for Christmas!

We asked all program participants to bring a non-perishable food item to the visit; then used the items in our “The Price is Right ” game before we donated the items to our local Food Bank!

Students and seniors guessed the price of the item ‘today’ and then seniors shared what the cost was of the same item 60+ years ago.

Holy Redeemer Junior High School and Chartwell Emerald Hills Retirement Village

Seniors and Students have fun painting Funny Spoons

Creating crafts is not only relaxing, it helps with fine motor skills, keeps the mind active, and is fun!

Creating “Funny Spoons ” together brought forward much laughter and stories shared of our students and seniors’ best crafts.

Check out all the pictures below showing seniors and students having fun painting and visiting !

Archbishop High School & Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Holy Redeemer Junior High School and Chartwell Emerald Hills Retirement Village

Bev Facey Community High School & Sherwood Care

St. Theresa Middle School & Bedford Village

New Horizons Charter School & Heartland Housing Silver Birch Haven Seniors Residences

Linking Generations receives 2021 Minister’s Seniors Service Award

Thank you Minister Pon for recognising the contribution Linking Generations is making to our community seniors.


This award validates that our programs are incredibly unique and do help ease the loneliness that seniors face. It is our utmost purpose to help fill this essential need for emotional connections and we want to provide seniors with a sense of contributing to society. Not only do we also help to develop responsible citizenship for youth, we help our youth recognize the importance of respecting and cherishing our elders.

On behalf of our Linking Generations Board of Director’s, our program staff, our program funders, and our participating students and seniors, this award will be treasured and spoke of often.

A comment shared by one of our invaluable funders “North West Redwater Partnership”:

Congrats! This is so well deserved to you and your amazing team. Keep up the incredible work. You are literally changing the lives of thousands of seniors and students – very few people can say that. You should be so proud.

Thank You.

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Thinking Of You – Cannot Wait to Meet You !

As Linking Generations continues to navigate a world of constant change, it is imperative that we keep our students and seniors connected.

Linking Generations students brought smiles to the seniors living in some of our partnership senior facilities even when they could not go into the facilities. The students spent 45 min in the wind going from window to window in the different courtyards to show seniors the posters that they made and to bring smiles and joy to the senior residents.

The seniors were so happy to see the students waving their posters, they would smile, laugh, clap and give them a thumbs up! The seniors truly enjoyed the afternoon surprise!

We at Linking Generations are so proud of our Linking Generations students and our school partners. It is heartwarming to feel the caring, the generosity of spirit and the compassion that our schools and students have towards the seniors in our community.

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

Lakeland Ridge Junior High School & Heartland Housing Silver Birch Lodge

New Horizons Charter School & Heartland Housing Silver Birch Haven Seniors Residences

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Linking Generations Programs Return for 2021-2022

This past year has brought about many new things: restrictions, emotions, changes, and for many seniors, solitude.

We are so excited to be back and planning our return to having face to face visits with our seniors and students.

We are committed to ensuring that we follow all COVID health protocols. Ensuring that as we begin to visit our seniors once more, that our seniors and students remain safe.

During the last month, it has been amazing to see some of our senior residents being able to safely come together to share new friendships and smiles. 

St. Theresa Middle School & Bedford Village

Archbishop High School & Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Holy Redeemer Junior High School and Chartwell Emerald Hills Retirement Village

Sherwood Care & Bev Facey Community High School

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2020-2021

The Lazy Days of Summer are Coming !!

It is the season of fun in the sun!  Beaches, BBQ’s, patios, lemonade, camping, swimming, ice cream, flip flops and sunglasses !! 

Summertime, Summertime…

¨    Have you attended any summer festivals? K Days, Taste of Edmonton, Fringe Festival, outdoor concert, etc.??

¨    Where did you go on your most favorite summer vacation?

¨    Have you ever attended a Summer Camp? What did you do?

¨    What is your favorite ice-cream flavour?

¨    Do/Did you plant a garden in the summer?  What do you grow?

¨    What is your favorite summer food and BBQ item?

¨    What is your favorite summer sport or past time?

¨    What is your most favorite thing to do in the summertime?

St. Theresa Catholic School & Bedford Village

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) & Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

Lakeland Ridge School & Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

Family Visits

Family is anyone who loves you unconditionally!

Linking Generations invited our students to introduce a Family Member to their “linked” senior partner.

All About Family …

  • How many generations are in your family today?
  • Where did your family originate from before living in Canada?
  • How many siblings did/do you have?
  • How many children do you have? Grandchildren? Niece/Nephew?
  • What is/was your most favorite family tradition?
  • Where did you like vacationing with your family?
  • Who did you take after the most … your mom or your dad?
  • If you could hug one family member right now, who would it be?

New Horizons Charter School & Heartland Housing Silver Birch Haven Seniors Residences

Lakeland Ridge School & Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

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Are you ready to play the world’s greatest word game?

Students and Seniors share an afternoon playing a wacky Mad Lib game with each other. teams asked each other for words to fill in the blanks to create a funny story.

Check out the videos too !

Today I went to the zoo. I saw a(n) (adjective) __(Noun) jumping up and down in its tree. He _(verb, past tense) _(adverb) through the large tunnel that led to its (adjective) _(noun). I got some peanuts and passed them through the cage to a gigantic gray (noun) towering above my head. Feeding that animal made me hungry. I went to get a _(adjective) scoop of ice cream. It filled my stomach. Afterwards I had to _(verb) _ (adverb) to catch our bus. When I got home I _(verb, past tense) my mom for a __(adjective) day at the zoo.

Lakeland Ridge School & Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

Videos of the Seniors and Students playing Mad Lib

One of the senior was heard saying “I have to read this out loud without laughing!.  I’ve got tears in my eyes already from laughing.”

Pat with her Mad Lib
Pat listening to her students Mad Lib
Pearl with her Mad Lib
Pearl with more of her Mad Lib
Sylvia listening to her students Mad Lib

Spring is in the air !!!! 

It is that time of year where the days are getting longer, the sun is feeling warmer, and the snow is melting. Spring has sprung!

Put your thinking cap on to complete the Spring Alphabet Challenge.

Enjoy some springtime and Easter conversations.

  • What do you look forward to with the arrival of Spring?
  • What first signs of Spring have you seen?
  • What are some special memories of Spring as a child?
  • What are some of your Easter traditions?

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

New Horizons Charter School & Heartland Housing Silver Birch Haven Seniors Residences

Lakeland Ridge Junior High and Silver Birch Lodge

Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle School Students

Summerwood Village Retirement Residence & École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

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It’s time to start some fun conversations! 

Sometimes it is fun wondering about having a choice. The seniors and students asked each other some “would you rather” questions.

Some of the questions were …

Would you Rather:

  • go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great grandchildren?
  • have more time or more money?
  • be able to talk with the animals or speak all foreign languages?
  • lose your vision or your hearing?
  • spend the night in a luxury hotel room or camping surrounded by beautiful scenery?
  • be a kid your whole life or an adult your whole life?
  • have a personal chef or a personal maid?
  • have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?

New Horizons Charter School & Heartland Housing Silver Birch Haven Seniors Residences

Lakeland Ridge Junior High and Silver Birch Lodge

Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle School Students

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Have you ever asked yourself “What if…?” 

Here are some fun and quirky questions the seniors and students asked:

  • What if you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
  • What if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • What if you woke up suddenly because your house was on fire, what three things would you save as you ran outside?
  • What if you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?
  • What if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  • What if you woke up and were twenty years younger? Older?
  • What if you could live in a TV show, which one would it be?

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) & Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

Lakeland Ridge Junior High and Silver Birch Lodge

Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle School Students

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Semester 2 First Visits for Linking Generations Seniors and Students 

This spring is the start of a new semester for the students. It is already much different than last year. Last year the seniors and students met each other in person. This year, virtual get togethers are the norm. However, the excitement of meeting new “linked” seniors and students is still there!

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

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Time to play “Two Truths and a Lie”! 

Students and Seniors came to the visit prepared with 3 statements about themselves; two were to be truthful and one to be a fib.

They tried to fool each other, and in doing so, they sure learnt a lot about their “linked” partners.

Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle School Students

Lakeland Ridge Junior High and Silver Birch Lodge

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Bringing Smiles to Capital Care Strathcona – Heritage House 

As Linking Generations continues to navigate a world of virtual connections, it is imperative that we keep our students and seniors connected.

This past week, students from Strathcona Christian Academy High School leadership class brought smiles to the seniors living in Capital Care Strathcona- Heritage House. The students spent 45 min in the wind going from window to window in the different courtyards to show seniors the posters that they made and to bring smiles and joy to the senior residents.

Matthias Chueng, Science Department Lead Teacher, also delivered 60 care packages to Capital Care Heritage House that the leadership class had made for all the residents .   

The seniors were so happy to see the students waving their posters, they would smile, laugh, clap and give them a thumbs up! The seniors  truly enjoyed the afternoon surprise !     

We at Linking Generations are so proud of our Strathcona Christian Academy High School students for their caring, their generosity of spirit and their compassion towards the seniors in our community.  

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Strathcona Christian Academy Students Send Greetings to Seniors at Capital Care Strathcona- Heritage House 

Many of our linked High School students have created new friendships with our seniors by getting to know each other through a  letter writing program.

High School students write twice monthly  letters to their “linked” seniors, and some seniors  even undertake writing back to the students! 

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Good Bye 2020, Hello 2021

It is a new year, time to dream of new beginnings & say goodbye to COVID! Our seniors and students shared some thoughts to ponder & dream about for when this pandemic is over.

When COVID is over….

  • Who will you visit?
  • Where will you go & what will you do?
  • What will you buy?
  • What will you remember the most about COVID?
  • What will you be most thankful/grateful for?
  • What will you make more time for?
  • What was a positive thing that came out of last year?
  • Did you learn any new skills or hobbies during this time that you will continue to do?
  • Will you meet in person any new friends or relatives you met virtually that you never met before COVID?
  • What have you discovered about yourself or what surprised you?
  • What would you change in your life? Or how has COVID-19 changed you or your goals?

St. Theresa Catholic School & Bedford Village