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UHS: Bridging the gap between young and old

November 11, 2014 | Client projects | by Jenn

This Remembrance Day, we take a moment to remember those who bravely fought for our freedom here today, and share how important it is to connect the gap between young and old, passing along stories in history to forge a better future tomorrow.

Last week on Friday November 7th, the Silverpoint team attended Unionville Home Society’s annual dinner party fundraiser at Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham. This year’s theme was Generations – Inspiration through Life.

Maria Dimson (Director of Communications, UHS), in a moment of inspiration, once told me, “the lives of residents don’t stop when they come to the Villa. They are able to live a full life here.”. Unless you see this firsthand at the home, it is an often overlooked concept and one that is not communicated frequently enough to the outside world. The biggest challenge in our communities is bridging the age gap. How do we connect the elderly with younger people who may not at first appear to have any similarities?

The brilliant and dedicated staff at UHS have initiated several programs that allow Union Villa residents to go out into the community and participate in a variety of events. The community is invited into the home as well.

The art program is one such initiative and was a big part of the dinner party this past week. Not only do residents get to express themselves artistically and showcase their work in UHS gallery events, but a select 20 residents volunteered to participate in Markville Secondary School’s grade 12 art program with students earlier this year. Each student spent an hour with a resident at Union Villa, asking him or her personal questions about life, growing up, dreams, and beliefs. The students then went back to their studio and painted a canvas, inspired by the residents’ stories. Watch below to see the full story:

Similar to this art project, the Silverpoint team, along with Maria and Debra (CEO, UHS), profiled two seniors living at Union Villa. We wanted to share their stories at the dinner party to demonstrate the importance of taking time to listen to our elders and learn from them, to pass along traditions and keep memories alive. Here are Eleane’s and Mary’s stories:


The dinner party was a wonderful night filled with stories, food, drinks, fundraising and dancing. Kudos to the volunteers and staff who put it all together!

Couple celebrating 60 years together Joyce and Elson, a couple celebrating 60 years together

Dinner guests enjoying the Art Project filmDinner guests enjoying the Art Project film

Michelle and Jenn taking portraits of each other taking portraitsMichelle and Jenn taking portraits of each other taking portraits of each other

Keith presenting a tribute to a dear friend the community has lost, Barb TavernerKeith presenting a tribute to Barb Taverner, a dear friend the community lost earlier this year

Spex pulling shapes on the dancefloorSpex pulling shapes on the dancefloor

Silverpoint ladies taking a moment to poseSilverpoint ladies taking a moment to pose

On a more serious note, the messages that came through the UHS films and the dinner party theme tie in with today, November 11 – Remembrance Day. As we take a moment to remember those who bravely fought for our freedom here today, we can see how important it is to pass along stories in history to forge a better future tomorrow.

From the entire Silverpoint team, we invite you to go out in your community this month and ask questions and listen. Whether it be your own family or your friends and neighbours, cherish the stories you hear and share them with at least one person. Tweet us at #SMIgenerations #SMInovChallenge, or leave your comments below.

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Jenn

Jenn

Jennifer fell in love with storytelling from an early age and pursued an undergraduate joint degree in English and Film studies. Cinema studies led her into the production industry and to Silverpoint Media. She also loves music, yoga, and nineteenth century English culture (Sherlock anyone?).

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