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Senior Volunteers Needed to Share Their Stories

June 15, 2021

Employment and Social Development Canada has awarded Cumberland College an exciting opportunity!  The College is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a grant from the “New Horizons for Seniors Program”  titled, “I Remember - Connecting to the Paths of Those Who Walked Ahead.”  This grant funding enables the College to match students with seniors in the community to promote intergenerational social interaction, mentorship, and the sharing of life events.  From the sharing, an oral history will be created in which memorable moments and events as told by the senior participants will be used to create a book to be shared with schools and libraries within the communities in the northeast region.  The project focuses on engaging with seniors from rural, remote, and Indigenous communities and students in both Adult Basic Education and post-secondary programs at Cumberland College.  Seeing their stories in print will provide a sense of pride, and a feeling of inclusion for all of the participants.  In addition, the connection between the seniors and students will help to alleviate some of the feelings of isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The book will also help to preserve some of the important local history of the northeast region. 

This project is seeking senior volunteers willing to share their stories.  If you would like to participate, please contact Student Engagement Coordinator, Sherilyn Coates at 306-470-7349.

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