What's new at OLPH
Week of November 28th to December 2nd
Prayer of the Week
Events of the week
Tuesday: Regular day
Wednesday: M. Morin, Mme Gagnon and Mme Lafrance away at a youth faith conference until next Monday. Welcome to M. Don Marceau who will be acting principal on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you to M. St.Jean who will be our Admin Designate on Friday.
Thursday: Regular day
Friday: Brother Joe is visiting our students to talk about the meaning of Advent.
Wonderful News from Linking Generations
As I reflect on all that has been accomplished to date for our Intergenerational Programs, it is exciting to know that Linking Generations continues to grow and thrive.
This program year 2016/2017, we have 114 youth and 64 seniors currently involved in our five programs. In September, Information Sessions were held at our partnership schools and at the seniors care centers to recruit student and seniors who want to be part of our program. This year there was such tremendous interest from the student body, in that a total of 202 student applications were received for the 114 student volunteer positions. Junior High students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) submitted over 60 student applications for the 20 volunteer positions! It is amazing to think these young people are so interested in being linked to an elderly person, someone they have never met before. These numbers are a real testament to our success and reflect the demand for Intergenerational programs such as ours.
January 2017 will be an exciting time for all of us at Linking Generations as we are so proud to offer an additional Junior High program to our community. Our ‘sixth’ program partnership has been created with an additional group of students from OLPH Junior High and seniors from Summerwood Village Residence. Linking Generations will select students from the existing applications on hand, and we will advise the school of the successful student/senior team matches. The number of students to be chosen is dependent on the number of seniors who do apply. We are very hopeful that 10 seniors apply, so that we may offer our program to an additional 20 OLPH students.
Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) will now have two partnership programs matching their students with seniors from CloverBar Lodge and Summerwood Village Residences. We are once again creating new senior/student connections in our community
Linking Generations was honored to have been nominated for the 2016 Ministers Seniors Service Award, receiving recognition for the outstanding commitment our program offers to improve the quality of life of Alberta Seniors; in particular Strathcona County. We are also very proud to have been nominated this year for the prestiagous Laurel Award, recognizing note worthy charitable organizations for their commitment to volunteerism.