Sharing Our Memories, Our Stories
This intergenerational project connects teen volunteers with seniors in long-term care centres (CHSLDs), hospitals or the community.
At the beginning of the academic year, teens are recruited in high schools in the Greater Montreal Region. After two training sessions, the volunteers are ready to engage with seniors. To initiate a dialogue, the students use objects from the Museum’s educational collection.
The visits by teens to the CHSLDs take place on weekends or pedagogical days. They enable a link to be established between two generations who would otherwise not have the chance to connect. The meetings are also attended by a Museum facilitator, who brings along an assortment of early objects and/or photographs.
ADVANTAGES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
- Fulfillment of their community involvement commitment by working with seniors
- Two training sessions at the McCord Museum
- An incomparable one-on-one experience that promotes wellness
- Enrichment of their knowledge of history and museums
- Greater awareness of seniors and their environment
- Volunteering recognition certificate earned
ADVANTAGES FOR SENIORS
- Increase in social contact
- Enjoyable interaction that enhances daily life
- Memory stimulation through dialogue with engaged teens
- Appreciation of their memories and life experience
Information and reservations
Marianne Connell, Coordinator, Sharing Our Memories, Our Stories Project
514-861-6701, ext. 1258
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