The Legacy Youth/Elder Project
I had the honour of attending an event at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville
a couple of weeks ago. Many passionate people worked hard and created the Legacy Youth/Elder Project. Stories shared and unlikely friendships formed.
Here is Kimberley and Christine to tell you a bit about it:
Christine: Today we celebrated story-tellers, telling their stories for writers, who were grade 11 students from Huntsville High School. They wrote what they heard, not necessarily a biography, but the snippets of stories, of truths, of life lessons.
Kimberley: It has been a great time, pairing the seniors with the students to bring them together, to break down the barriers that separate the generations and just open up relationships. It breaks down pre-conceived ideas of what young people today are or
what older people are, and just open up and see that we are all the same inside.
We have hopes and dreams. We might have grey hair or be in a wheelchair but
a lot of the stories are just incredible. It’s been amazing to see the students interacting
with the seniors. What has come out of this has touched the lives of the students,
the teachers, the seniors, their families, the staff and us!
Christine: The whole idea was to give people a taste of what Legacy Writing Partners does, which is behind this project. We pair writers with storytellers who may not have the ability or capacity to tell/write that story. That’s the whole purpose. We have witnessed the magic over the last few months, and gathered today to celebrate that magic!
I applaud everyone involved in this incredible and worthwhile project.
I’d love to see this happen in every high school and in every nursing home.
Our elders have so much to teach us! Thank you.
For more information about the project please visit:
Do you have, or know someone who has a story to tell?
6/16/2017 08:59:57 am
what a wonderful,life giving project. Connecting the youth with the elderly is a priceless gift to each other.
6/16/2017 09:16:46 am
It really is a beautiful gift. I think of all the friendships my children have had over the years with people in their 80s, 90s and even 100s. We are all just people and we can learn so much from each other.
6/16/2017 10:42:00 am
It's so nice to see you bring this out in the open. So easily we forget about the seniors. Happy to see Yvonne that you are making such a difference. God Bless you. .
6/16/2017 02:16:33 pm
Thank you Denise. We all need reminders to not let anyone slip through the cracks. Everyone has value, everyone matters. xxoo And thank you for your kind words and support! xxoo
6/18/2017 05:25:30 pm
Yvonne, it was wonderful to see you at our event! I thank you for joining us and sharing in our joy at the impact The Legacy Youth/Elder Project has had on so many people! We are thankful to you for sharing OUR story here!
6/19/2017 10:51:52 am
Hello Kimberley, You are most welcome and I was delighted to be there for your celebration, to have my children there and to read the beautiful stories. Would love to see this happen in every community!! :)
6/19/2017 11:47:36 am
Wow! Now I'm really honoured! Thanks! Happy to help in any way I can. When I have my great resource section up and running, your awesome info will certainly be there! :)
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Yvonne Heath is Canada's Proactive Living Consultant. She is a Speaker, Television Host, Award Winning Author
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