Each year on June 1, across Canada Intergenerational Day is recognized! IG Day is a celebration of the mutual benefits of building relationships across generations. This year, EAPO and CNPEA in collaboration with IG Connections are hosting a webinar to highlight programs from across Canada to provide a snapshot of IG initiatives and their successes. We look forward to joining our IG Day event to learn how you too can engage in learning and adapting IG programs into your communities and/or volunteer in local intergenerational projects.
Speakers will share experience of working various programs including: GrandPals (ON), Mutual Mentoring Program (AB), High School Programs (NB) and an overview of the Intergenerational Action Plan.
Speaker Line Up!
- Audrey Ronalds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Anglophone North School District in Bathurst (NB)
- Jules Myer, Project Manager for GrandPals Lead Consultant and CEO of FAAB Inc. (ON)
- Betty Good, Rural LINK/School Program Coordinator (AB)
- Lois Faris, Older Adult (AB), Mutual Mentoring Group (AB)
- Sharon MacKenzie, Executive Director, i2i Intergenerational Society (BC)
Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter
Community Engagement Coordinator, Anglophone North School District in Bathurst, NB
In Audrey’s role for the past 17 years and a long-time employee of the school district in her 30th year, she has always had a passion to empower the students with intergenerational activities. She is also a community support for seniors in her community. As a long time, member of The Bathurst Rotary Club, she is the committee chair and advocate for seniors in need. She has donated much of her time to developing senior programs in seniors’ homes and the intergenerational component of her job is her greatest passion. It is a pleasure to be among like minds and share best practices to empower both our youth and our more seasoned community members with lifelong learning opportunities.
Project Manager for GrandPals Lead Consultant and CEO of FAAB Inc.
Jules Myer brings 15+ years of experience and a track record of success leading organizational vision while cultivating effective stakeholder relationships. Jules is known for developing sound strategic direction and business plans using a collaborative approach in the non-profit sector as demonstrated through her work with Right To Play, Plan International Canada and Save the Children Canada. She is also experienced at designing effective training and programs, facilitating workshops, forming partnerships and scaling programs nationally for organizations like the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Kids Help Phone, Girl Guides of Canada and The Youth Village. She is known for being a collaborative leader who empowers and engages highly productive teams and creates a culture of trust through encouraging diversity of thought, generating innovative ideas and motivating leadership in others.
Most recently, she started a consulting firm, FAAB Inc., to support non-profits improve their performance and explore new opportunities for progress. She is currently supporting GrandPals as the Project Manager and is responsible for developing the strategy and implementation plan to grow GrandPals nationally.
Rural LINK/School Program Coordinator
Betty is a 30+ year educator and has experienced local and international careers that have prepared her to work with both youth and seniors. Betty brings a passion for building capacity in students, seniors, and communities. She loves the close intergenerational relationships she shares with her five grandchildren. Betty once heard that if you want to stay young, hang out with young people, but if you want to die young, try to keep up with them!
If you are new to Calgary, she recommends going for walks along the Bow river, strolling through downtown and having coffee at one of Calgary’s many great coffee shops.3
Older Adult, Mutual Mentoring Group
Lois found her source of joy and meaning in life very early: to help others become the people they were born to be. She began as a High School Counsellor and soon moved to Career Services for adults. At age 56, she started a company called Life Transitions and at age 92 she still does a few lifestyle planning presentations and appointments.
She encountered ageism 5 years ago when she moved into a Senior’s Residence! That shifted her focus to people aged 65 to 95, who lack role models for the new longevity.
We need a new view of ageing for the last third of our lives. It will be better for our health and benefit the community and the economy if we avoid the stereotypes of ageing and allow people to grow and contribute at every age.
Executive Director, i2i Intergenerational Society
Sharon L. MacKenzie, (BA, MEd-UBC, Canada) is an educator of thirty plus years, Kindergarten to University, and has been dedicated to creating intergenerational learning opportunities within community. She has successfully connected government mandated curriculum, youth, and older adults at all levels of involvement. From 2011 to 2020 Sharon sat as a Director of CNPEA (cnpea.ca).
From the once a year visit between children and elders, to the regular monthly ‘craft and connect’ format, Sharon moved into development and implementation of a highly acclaimed and unique full immersion model, The Meadows School ProjectTM.
In 2008 Sharon left her teaching position to found the i2i Intergenerational Society with the purpose of bringing youth and older adults together across Canada. She has authored the four intergenerational curricula and kits linked on this website, in cooperation with government and organizations. Presently, she travels across the country speaking to groups and individuals assisting them in the planning and implementation of intergenerational activities. She is grandmother to six grandsons.