Canada

Supporters

If you are planning any face-to-face or virtual events, holding intergenerational discussions or announcing any exciting ideas and projects across Canada, please do get in touch. We will include your events along with Link Ages (the country lead for Canada) on this page and share your news via our social media channels. Read a wonderful example of an intergenerational friendship from Canada online

Canada is planning a series of events and a photo competition. The photo competition winners will be announced on the 1st of June for the National Intergenerational Day. To take part please post a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #IGPhotoContest2022 and tag in @linkages.society - the photo needs to be intergenerational and includes at least one younger person (under 30) and one older person (over 55). 

Book your place for the scheduled events during the week below:

 

Monday 25th April

There will be a LINKAges display table at Safeway Garrison Woods, Calgary, Alberta to showcase intergenerational practice in the area and its benefits. 

Wednesday 27th April

  • Radio talk show about Intergenerational Relationships - 12.00-1pm (MST in Canada) and 7-8pm (GMT in UK) 

Join LINKages staff  and guests as they discuss the week and intergenerational relationships. You can listen to CBC radio online

  • UK & Canadian Virtual Forum - 8.30-10am (MST in Canada) and 3.30pm - 5pm (GMT in UK)

A panel of intergenerational experts will join up to host a virtual meeting to share the true impact of intergenerational work across countries encouraging conversation, sharing, and joined-up working. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from international partners, to hear intergenerational stories and to ask questions on intergenerational practice in Canada and the UK.

Speakers include:

  • Ruby Lecot (Executive Director) and Betty Good (Program and Training Lead) Linkages, Canada
  • Alison Clyde (Chief Executive Officer), Generations Working Together, Scotland
  • Judith Ish-Horowicz (Director & Founder), Apples and Honey Nightingale, England

The panel will be following the flip presentation slides below. Please read through and bring along your questions.

Register here to reserve your place.

Thursday 28th April

  • Why Intergenerational Programmes? - 11.00am-12.00pm (MT time) 17.00-18.00pm GMT (Virtual)

Did you know that relationships are the critical ingredient in well-being for both young and old? Lack of
connection is damaging to our health. This is an introductory workshop to find out why
intergenerational programs are important in reducing loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety in
youth and older adults. Register today for this fascinating workshop by LINKages in Canada.

Friday 27th April

  • LINKages display table at Safeway Glenmore Landing, Calgary, Alberta  - 10:30-1:30 (MT time)

Lead Contact: Betty Good, Program Coordinator, LINKages

Since 1994, LINKages Society of Alberta has facilitated innovative, intergenerational programs and services. These programs connect young people with seniors from care centres, independent living/retirement homes, and community centres in a spirit of cooperation, friendship, and respect. In their sessions, participants engage in a variety of activities designed to foster mutually beneficial intergenerational connections. Both generations benefit from sharing their experiences, skills, and knowledge. In some cases, the relationships continue well beyond the programs. Each year on June 1, LINKages celebrates Canada’s National Intergenerational Day, a celebration of the mutual benefits of building relationships across generations. June 1, 2022, will mark the 12th anniversary of Intergenerational Day in Canada! Even though the connections continue to be challenging during the pandemic, through the programs the students and seniors feel less isolated and less connected and look forward to continuing their relationships when they can finally meet in person.

Read a story of an intergenerational friendship facilitated by LINKages. 

Connect with Betty Good, Program Coordinator to share your events and stories for Global Intergenerational Week or just to simply connect.