Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships (TIGP)

Bringing Generations and Communities Together Since 1986

We are pleased to announce the 2017 winning "Tell Us Your Story" entries, selected by TIGP Integenerational Volunteer Advisory Committee members.  The following 5 winners are being awarded a complimentary multiple pass to explore the wonders of the Ontario Science Centre.  

By C. Runciman, Rose Avenue Jr. Public School (Grade 6)

Hello.  I am 12 years old and I go to Rose Avenue P.S. Our class has gone to Fudger House once per month this year to meet with Grandpals. I am a really shy person until now. I got out of my shell because of my friends, my teacher, and my Grandpal, Molly. I have been really shy since I was little and if it wasn’t for Molly, I would have still been trapped in a really tight shell. When I heard that we were coming to Fudger House, I was really happy because here in Fudger House, I can talk to people who have gone through the same problems in school with friends, bullies, or even relationships.

When I first came to Fudger House, I was really nervous because I wanted to find a Grandpal that I can share my feelings with and I had found a lady with the warmest smile I have ever seen in a Grandpal before, and I knew she was the right person to go to. When I first met Molly, she was the nicest and sweetest person I have ever met and she still is. That same day we were making our name tags and she said to me that one day I could be a graphic artist because of my “artistic brain”. She also said that I was a really good girl; that I was beautiful and since that day my self-esteem went from down there to up here.

Today is a day to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and no matter how old or young you are, friendship can always happen.

By E. Said, Rose Avenue Jr. Public School (Grade 6)

This year while I was involved with TIGP I learned a lot about the elderly. I don’t have much of a connection with my grandparents, because I only have a grandmother and she lives in another country (Ethiopia). My Grandpal (Hermann) told me he was a priest and he liked to go on walks. I only saw Hermann two or three times, because he didn’t come down a lot. I got to meet other people because of that. I really liked the mask making project as well as the picture framing. My favourite part of Intergenerational Day Canada is that it’s on my birthday it also gives a chance for children like me have a chance to talk and relate about stuff that happened and what is happening.

My Grandpals made an impact on me by telling me what the world was like before I was born, and telling me what was different and what was the same. They told me about the stereotypes and privileges that other people didn’t have. As well as how people like the First Nations were shipped off to residential schools and they would be called names and people were racist to them. They told me it was normal to say Indian or Savage to talk about the First Nations. I learned a lot of things about the past and I am sad that this was my first year doing it and most probably my last and I will miss doing this, because it was sooooo fun.

 I will be celebrating Intergenerational Day Canada by praising the TIGP program and by telling my family about TIGP and how it is important to respect and help all elderly people. I really like this program, because you get to learn a bunch about the past and it is a great experience. I hope my siblings have a chance to do this as well. I wish we could go to Fudger House more than once a month.

I celebrate Intergenerational Day Canada, because I think it is important to learn, talk, relate, and contrast so us children can understand the elderly better than we could if we didn’t do the program.

By N. Farooqi, Marc Garneau High School (Grade 11)

When I think of Intergenerational Day I think of generations getting together to celebrate the special connections the young and old have. I think of a society that comes together and celebrates the many generations of people that lived long before I have. However in today’s society generational segregation has been an increasing problem that could truly affect the society we live in today. The lack of interactions between the different age groups has increasingly decreased. We all know that there is a huge gap between young and old generations.  It’s like no one wants to address the elephant in the room. I feel like now more than ever you can have three different generations in one room yet there will be no such conversation between them.  Not having days such as Intergenerational day where many programs are held to support the idea of generations coming together can really impact any society. I think that intergenerational day is important because it shows that despite the rising percentage of poor connections between generations there are some people that still care about this growing concern. It’s important that we mend these relationships because it is unhealthy.

For me, if my parents hadn’t told me stories of what they learned during their time, I truly feel like I would not know anything here today. It is because of the bond between generations that young people do learn from mistakes and they make sure that they do not repeat it. But if days such as Intergenerational day did not exist would we ever learn from our mistakes? That is why Intergenerational day is important because we are celebrating the life and contribution that generations before us set. To me intergenerational day is like continuing on a legacy that is slowly being forgotten as society moves forward.  Intergenerational day is a day where we can celebrate everyone, Young and old. It’s a day where everyone can be themselves and have a good time. It’s a day where we get to live in the past and listen to how life was before. It’s a day where we can look at the many changes that have been made throughout lifetime. It’s important that we effectively find a way to get rid of the age segregation and by having days such as intergenerational day we do just that. The mere interaction between generations can have such a big effect on society, even though we cannot tell. 

Lastly Intergenerational Day is important because in order for a society to function and in order for everything to run smoothly everyone in the society must be connected. We need to have interactions between seniors and youths because it is important that youths learn something from seniors but also seniors do not feel isolated. And most importantly both age groups feel welcomed and wanted in their community they need to know that they matter and they can still contribute to society.

By L. Tearne, senior citizen

My mom and dad were both born in Canada. My mom was born near Winnipeg on a farm in 1920. My dad was born in Rogersville, New Brunswick on a dairy farm in 1923.

My father’s family has a 400 year history in Canada with ancestors coming from France. My mom’s mother and father were from the Ukraine coming to Canada around 1900. My grandfather worked on skyscrapers in Chicago when he first came here. Although he had a farm he also had a post office. I didn’t see them very often since I was born in Toronto.

My grandmother did surprise us by coming from Winnipeg to Toronto for my wedding in 1982. My mom always worked but every Sunday we would have friends and family over for Sunday dinner (I miss that).

After we married, we continue to visit with my parents and his as often as we could. My daughter was born in 1982 and the visits and staying over were most weekends. My husband left me in the spring of 1983 and my parents were so helpful and loving my daughter and me.

I worked in Durham region and mom would take my daughter to Sick Kids for me (nothing serious, lazy eye). She would come out and stay for P.A days. We went to their place most weekends. My mom taught us how to make Ukrainian food. She came to the EX every year. She was very active. My grandson was born in 2004, and for a ten month period when he was eighteen months old she moved in with my mom. This 85 year old was looking after the baby while my daughter worked. We felt it was too much for her so we moved in and helped her out. Everyone was so happy. Then my daughter decided to go back to my grandson’s father, until 2016. In the meantime, she had a lovely daughter in 2008.

We don’t see each other very much, they live near Ottawa. They did go to the EX last year and they stayed with me. I saw them this Sunday for the afternoon in Oshawa. We really had one. My mom and dad have passed. My mom a year and a half ago at almost 95.

We miss her. My grandson really misses her even though he is a teenager now. I think she really made an impression on him when he was living with her. She only saw my granddaughter once.

We love talking about mom and dad. I have given my daughter all the pictures of my mom and dad so she can pass them on and know the history of the families.

By A.   Santhivala, senior citizen

Intergenerational day is all about celebration. Celebration of connecting, or call it bridging today’s youth with our precious seniors or the elderly. It is not only the youth, even the new born baby is an important member of this generation. Intergenerational celebration goes all beyond the barriers of the visible & invisible world. We come together to celebrate our uniqueness & differences by bonding with everyone around us, the young & the old, the fresh & the faded, the tiny & the large, the known & the unknown.

This celebration is held on June 1st, every year & Intergenerational day is recognized by our City of Toronto.  The sharing of the time, talents, knowledge & experience of all the volunteers make it very special to celebrate this day. Throughout the year the TIGP Committee come together, organizing quality activities for the seniors in their reach. They employ so many volunteers to make these tasks a great success. Everyone is welcomed with open arms into this group of every generation.

This year we had our celebration at Greenwood Tower, on June 1, 2017. We had lots of fun seeing each other, greeting everyone, sharing a great meal & singing our National Anthem “O Canada.” I would say, it was more than just coming together, there was lots of joy & happy smiling faces & loving service of the Integrational committee members. Everyone was happy & we shared a yummy cake at the end, closing the day with door prizes for many.

I am so glad for having known Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships through my building at East York Acres. I love their approach to many needs of the adult generation.  The different groups & students & programs the Intergenerational Partnership organize & offer us are so helpful to us the seniors, who feel the world has come to an end for them.

Millions of thanks to everyone who are involved in the Intergenerational needs of the adult generation. The weekly program they run with variety of expressions & flexibility.  

HONOURABLE MENTIONS … We are pleased to share some additional stories that touched our hearts ...

By S. Alhussan, Rose Avenue Jr. Public School (Grade 6)

I would like to celebrate Intergenerational Day Canada because I have different Grandpals and each of them have impacted me greatly. My first Grandpals name was Tessa. Tessa was very sweet and kind. One way she impacted me was by teaching me love is a very important aspect of our lives and we all should love and acknowledge each other. Another person who had an impact on me was Gordon. Gordon showed me that to be successful you to work hard and he also set a great example for me by always reminding me of his engineer ring that he got in honour of his accomplishments.

It was an amazing experience to create a positive effect on people who need it the most. For example my past experiences with my Grandpals at Fudger House (a long-term care facility). One of my favourite things about Fudger House is to make and see my Grandpals smile and I feel privileged and honoured to be the one to make it happen. Although I did alternate Grandpals throughout my experience, I thought of it as an opportunity to make even more Grandpals smile and to meet more individuals and Grandpals.

That experience was one of the most memorable and amazing experiences I had in my life. From the mask-making to making connections to making biographies. One way I will celebrate and contribute to Intergenerational Day Canada is by cheering and lifting people up if they are feeling down or upset so everybody is happy on this very special day.

By H. Khan, Rose Avenue Jr. Public School (Grade 6)

Intergenerational Day Canada is important to me because I have a Grandpal at Fudger House. Her name is Harjeet.  She is from India and she was a social worker. Before I met Harjeet, I didn’t like to talk to old people or sit with them. When I first met Harjeet I didn’t know how I felt. My thoughts about old people were changed because I don’t have a grandfather or grandmother, but whenever I meet Harjeet I think she is my grandmother, because how much love she gives me that my thought about old people changed.

Harjeet participates in activities at Fudger House because of me and my partner Huzaifa, such as when we were making our masks and when we made our photo frame, she tried her best to make her photo frame because we were asking her to make it and she made it. Her participation in activities we asked her to do also changed my ideas, because she does stuff we ask her and she has so much fun when she does it. This showed me how much she cared about us. I think she will miss me and my partner a lot because our friendship and our group – which we called “triple H”, because all of our names start with an H – work so well together. I will miss her a lot. I think the programme at Fudger House should be going on, because students from other schools could have a chance of changing their minds about old people like me. I don’t think my mind would change about old people if I didn’t met Harjeet and other Grandpals of my friends.

By A.   Wardak, Rose Avenue Jr. Public School (Grade 5)

In commemoration of “Intergenerational Day Canada”, I would like to celebrate this event by sharing my experiences I had during our visits to Fudger House, which is a home for the elderly. Having both grandpas and grandmas from both parents helped me appreciate and respect them dearly.

Our visits were short but memorable. We were assigned our Grandpal that we got to spend our time with. I remember the first time I met Herman, who was an elderly man, still very active. According to him, he used to work in a local church nearby. He was originally from Germany and had a car accident that left most of his fingers amputated. I got to ask him questions about his life in the past. Experiences he had when he was young. We can learn from them. When Herman was not available, I got the chance to work with the other Grandpals. We taught them a song that we knew and they taught us a song that they knew. That was really fun. We also made crafts with them like their name tags so we can remember their names. During the Holiday season, we made a nice card for our Grandpals. They truly appreciated the work we put on it. And we were also very happy to see how much they appreciate the thought.

Being there, as a young student of Rose Avenue Public School, gives us an opportunity to reached out to our elderly. It warms our heart to see them also reaching back to us. Hope we can do more in the coming year for them and I am sure that the visits that we made to them has made an impact on our Grandpals and a learning experience for us students.

By S. Seyoum, senior citizen

I join this community very recently. But I appreciate the intergenerational program giving us the opportunity to communicate with all age friendly neighbours. This program particularly it is very good for newcomer immigrants.  I really like the best of this program, just you go out from your house once a week and enjoy the talking and laughing with all people of all ages.  There is also entertainment with very good entertainers who serve us coffee, tea, snacks, and different kind of games.  Meanwhile we improve our English language.  Intergenerational programs help us to take one small respectful step towards knowing generations in our community.

By J. Wang, community volunteer 

“Our deepest fear is not we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is we're powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” This quote is especially true when it comes to eldercare. All of us would age one day, but how do we age gracefully? Being a member of eldercare simply reminded me how deeply interconnected we are as a community, just like a drop of water in the ocean. Loving and caring elders unconditionally is the spiritual lesson to connected one with one's higher self, because if we youngsters do not face the reality of the aging society, how do we teach the next generation the lesson of compassion? My experience with Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships is a salvation journey, I received invaluable wisdom of life from elderlies I serve. How to live in the present, how to gain inner peace and always stay hungry to knowledge.... They guide me to ground myself, and be more patient to understand that life manifest itself in its own timing. You will never gain such experiential lessons in school, because it opens your heart, beyond the scope of mind. I want to be like water in the rest of my life, for those who need help. I want to seek and flow to the lowest, darkest places, to heal, grow, and find my "Dao".  Let's inspire others in this special day, be the light that cease the darkness under the guidance of the ones before us. Namaste.  

 

We are pleased to announce the 2016 winning "Tell Us Your Story" entries, selected by TIGP Intergenerational Volunteer Advisory Committee members.  The following 5 winners are being awarded a complimentary multiple pass to explore the wonders of the Ontario Science Centre.

By Louis Tram

In the beginning, I believed that intergenerational was nothing more than just the mashing of different age groups together. Throughout time, I've slowly picked up the importance of this term. One of the main factors of it would be related to the passing away of my father. He'd always mentor me throughout rough times and showed me the ropes throughout life. He was my idol, until one tragic day he passed away. My biggest regret is that I never got to know him better. It really struck a nerve in me because I didn't show much interest in his stories and cultures when he was around.

The point I'm just trying to state is that understanding your elders or even your peers is simply a great way of communication. Intergenerational is more than just two age groups together, the way I now see it is it's about exploring ideas with each other, getting out of your shell, increasing your knowledge vastly,  having a better understanding of life, understanding the different lifestyles/culture or just simply it's just a way to have fun with each other. I'd just like to share this story so we may learn from each other’s mistakes or in this case my mistake and head for a brighter future together, and hoping to influence the community in a positive way. =) 

By Sheila Warren

I will be celebrating intergenerational day with some of the students and elders from my community and we will all be wearing Toronto Intergenerational Partnership buttons as well. I personally will be attending the Intergenerational Day Canada event at Monarch Park Collegiate and in attending all these events I hope to make some more friends.

Intergenerational is a great idea that brings people of all ages and cultures together. When people get older they get isolated and this is a good reason to bring them out to interact with younger people.

I like seeing all types of people interacting with each other as I grew up with an all-inclusive environment.

My wish for the future of the intergenerational program is that it gets much bigger and we end up having the largest of the parades with all people of every age.

By Catalina Santos

The way I’d like to celebrate intergenerational Canada day is by meeting new people to socialize with and interact with others in the process. I will also be eating dinner at Monarch Park Collegiate and June 1st is the day it is to raise awareness between people of all ages to connect kids and seniors to come together.

I liked meeting new people and socializing with the youth. The youth people are so kind and understanding. Meeting other people makes me happy because I get to become friends with different individuals. This program makes me feel at home, the activities are fun and I enjoy it.

My Filipino Nei - By Sayed Faroqi

When we came to Canada we lived in an apartment building and after few years we bought a house in Markham, Ontario. When we moved to the house our left side neighbour was a Filipino guy.  He had a dog and every morning and evening he took out his dog and on the leash. I really scared of the dog and I almost hated the dog. I don't know it was my bad habit or it was a part of our culture.

Anyway the Filipino guy was a tall man with round gray face. When he was passing in front of our house and he used to say hello with a smile. One day he stood in front of me and after saying hello he asked me “do like fishing?”  I said yes I do.  He said “I have a fishing boat, we are elder and retired we should have fun, if you don't mind, come with me and go fishing.” He said “tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. we will go by my car to the lake, my fishing boat is there”. So we went to the lake and caught lots of fish.  After that we became good friends, his name was Eadi. His dog also became my friend and I didn't hate or be scared of the dog anymore.

One day he invited me for coffee in his house and introduced me to his wife. I then invited him for tea and Afghan food and I introduced my family members to him. He knew that we are Afghan nation and one day he asked if we had any community here.  I said I don't know, then one day he took me to the HUB at 1527 Victoria Park and asked the reception regarding the Afghan community, they said we have Afghan literary and cultural association that holds programs every week.  Lots of Afghans gather weekly telling poems , stories, songs and lots of fun. So I joined and enjoying the programs.

We later learned about Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships (TIGP) who helps communities from every nation like ours and we are learning many things. 

Although my Filipino friend moved to another place I still have contact with him and will never forget his help.

By Malou Romin

I am looking forward to talking with new people, meeting new people and to relax. I learned that an age gap doesn’t make conversation difficult. I think that the programs offered here at Greenwood Towers, such as, bingo and intergenerational day, are beneficial. I enjoy these events and activities because it helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. I enjoy meeting people from different countries. I liked the program last year, I enjoy the games, displays and picture taking.

 

 

We are pleased to announce the 2015 winning “Tell Us Your Story” entries, selected by TIGP Intergenerational Volunteer Advisory Committee members.  The following 5 winners are being awarded a complimentary multiple pass to explore the wonders of the Ontario Science Centre.

Submitted by – Linda Tearne

Grandma's Dream

For Intergenerational Day Canada I will be thinking about my family. I would love for my Mom who is 94 years old to see her granddaughter who is 32 years old, with me (her daughter 66 years old) and her two great grandchildren, Kai 11 years old and Sora 6 years old. Oh what a reunion we would have. My grandson Kai and I would play "Hungry Hungry Hippo" (our favourite). Sora my granddaughter would draw and sing with me. My daughter and I would consult my Mom about cooking certain foods. And we would talk about shopping and how we get groceries from "President Choice" points. We also would take my Mom to the park in her wheelchair as I know she would enjoy watching Kai and Sora play. Then we would have a grand feast with great grandma telling everyone telling everyone to eat more. What fun we would have one last time, everyone together!

Alas this will probably never happen. My daughter lives near Ottawa with my grandkids and Ryan. I am still hopeful to see my daughter and grandchildren in the future. This might happen when the children are older. I do occasionally speak with them on the telephone and with Kai on the computer once.

My words of advice … Appreciate any contact you have with your grandchildren. They will have fond memories of your time together.

Submitted by - William (Bill) Lohman

 Intergenerational Day Canada - June 1

Growing up in a large North American family, being told and educated to believe certain things only to learn, later in life, there are always things you weren't aware of, either through the small size of your world or through peer stereo-typing and discrimination. As your world expands over time, experience, and connections with others who have a different experience of life and family connection raise questions about the completeness of our own world view.                             

We don't often think, these days, to ask our elders how they coped with the hardships of life or what their thoughts are about progress and how they adapted. Often, extended families, like mine, separated, as parents moved for better opportunities: work, education, safety and security. Grandparents who enjoyed pampering and cuddling “young'uns” with unconditional love when we were small children, became letters and cards in between our hectic young lives. Then they were gone and all that remains are those childhood memories.

A day comes when I begin to reflect upon my own life and I think about all the questions I would ask them if they were still here. Remembering some of their wisdom from those early days and a genetic gift passed down, there remains so much unanswered I wish I hadn't lost to time.

I believe Intergenerational Day Canada is a day to embrace our histories and cultures to bridge the gap of ignorance that exists and to forge and share a better self-view of the world. Finally, it will be an opportunity and privilege to meet and get to know our future of compassionate and mindful Canadians at our Intergenerational Day Canada celebration at Greenwood Towers. I will be attending the festivities where I look forward to their youthful exuberance and spirit while basking in the breath of sunshine and curiosity the day will bring to this aging vessel.

My thought for the day: “Never lose sight of your moral compass or the voice of compassion in your heart.”  Have a Wonderful Day! 

Submitted by – Don Warden

In our neighbourhood, there is a corner store that has been around for some 30 years. Since moving to East York Acres, I have found it very useful. Sadly, one of the owners recently passed away losing his battle with cancer. The new owners, Zahara and Mariko, are two young ladies who have taken upon themselves to bring a new vision to the community. They are in the infancy of completely changing the store to one that is similar to ‘Days of Old’ where soda fountains, scooped ice cream, an area to sit and chat can be found. The new owners plan to reach out to the community to provide a spot where children can meet and feel safe and where seniors can relax and feel welcome.

Through my conversations with Zahara and Mariko, I have been able to introduced East York Acres to them and they have expressed a desire to reach out to provide service for those that have difficulty providing for themselves. Having recently retired due to a heart attack, I thought “what now? What to do?” Meeting those young ladies has helped to open the doors to communication, expression, vision between us. The same is felt by joining the TIGP intergenerational group which allows me to discover, think within and that helps me to open up, to express and to find my hidden gifts.

Intergenerational Day Canada helps to build relationships, friendships and the community for mutual benefit.

Submitted by – Lorna White           

I will be celebrating Intergenerational Day Canada in North Bay with my oldest sister.  Together we will do some gardening and shopping and then we go to Elk Lake to my visit my brothers where we will do some fishing, take his 4x4 back through some trails to see if there are any berries ready to pick. We plan to go into town and look for some old school buddies that we haven’t seen for a while to reminisce and laugh about old times. During my visit we will also go do more fishing in Engleheart, maybe the fish will be too big to get in the boat!  We will take some fun pictures so that we can remember the memories we have made together.

Submitted by – Bano Marfatia

My Impressions of Intergenerational being Sensational

On Intergenerational Day Canada I will be reflecting about my association with TIGP which goes back nearly 15 years. Trust me, during the years I would anxiously wait for the program time with TIGP each week.  I am a senior living in a Toronto Community Housing senior’s apartment building. My first experience with intergenerational was when we started a TIGP’s Seniors in Cyberspace program in our building. I was all excited that high school students from Marc Garneau were coming to teach us all the ways to use email, computer games and google what we needed to know. Our seniors formed a comradeship and special rapport with the students who asked us questions about our backgrounds and interests and we learned about the students lives as well. Every week we came down to enjoy the company of students and volunteers who were experts in different fields.

During the years we had a variety of intergenerational programs that were wonderful, but the program closest to my heart was our partnership with the neighbourhood Day Care children.  The young children would visit us and spend time singing, dancing and teaching us painting and crafts.  The activities with the young children really touched me and made me forget my age and problems.  We did gardening together and it was fun seeing those teensy weensy hands planting the seedlings and their excitement as they were gardening. When I moved from Glenyan Manor the Daycare Children made me a picture showing them as the flowers and we, the seniors, being the fruits and the branches of the tree.  I have hung their drawing in my new place and admire it often. 

TIGP and my intergenerational experiences have been a guide and inspiration in my life.

 

We are pleased to announce the 2014 winning “Tell Us Your Story” entries, selected by TIGP Intergenerational Volunteer Advisory Committee members.  The following 5 winners are being awarded a complimentary multiple pass to explore the wonders of the Ontario Science Centre.

Submitted by – Raeshwan Marquardt

Today is Intergenerational Day in Toronto. I am happy my family of four generations of Marquardt's have come together to celebrate the day as I enjoy being with my "best" Nan, my Mom and Sister and my Aunty. Getting to see my sister perform Jazz music for our community event was really special.  Thank you for having this great event!    p.s. I enjoyed playing Nintendo Wii and getting my face painted!

Submitted by – Lisa Brady

Grandmothers have been known as great gift givers. Sometimes those gifts are small, simple tokens of loving thoughtfulness; a small treat or a comforting cup of tea. At other times my grandmother Nana Dot’s (Dorothy) gifts will stay in my memories like when she gave me my first doll at Christmas. But the greatest gift Nana Dot gave me was the gift of her time whether it was spending hours doing a puzzle, teaching me how to play bingo, long walks with her dog Heidi or trick or treating at Halloween.  Nana Dot’s gift of her time told me that I was loved, that I mattered and that I was important and cherished.

Although my Nana Dot is no longer with us, I am celebrating Intergenerational Day Canada by thinking about her and her gift of time with me.

Submitted by – Allan Mackarous

Wow!!!! The first IG-Day-Canada is coming fast.  What to do?  Since I'm becoming old and feeble and before my mind becomes a total wreck, I think of spending the day with some of my friends.  As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me out of bed, then I go to see John.  Not long after I know that Arthur Ritis will show up, he'll stay the rest of the day, going from joint to joint.  Then I get a call from Al Zymer (I think that's his name) he tries to start a conversation with me but I can't remember what the heck he's talking about.  All of a sudden this Earl Grey guy shows up but he's not my cup of tea.  Finally here come 3 of my best friends, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan, and Johnny Walker.  I invite them to join me in celebration of Intergenerational Day at Greenwood Towers, but alas, they are refused entry because they are too spirited.  Ah well, I guess I'll go to the recreation room and mingle with the rest of the tenants of Greenwood Towers.  We'll talk about how wonderful the people from T.I.G.P. are.  They force me out of bed every Thursday to amuse the seniors by calling bingo for them.  My reward is a sandwich, a cup of coffee or juice, some cookies and a slice of watermelon. I wonder what my life would be like without this SENSATIONAL organization.  Also, I heard that there might be guests from other places.  Maybe I'll be able to make some new friends.  Now that would be SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!

Submitted by – Frances Cable

I plan to socialize with others at the Intergenerational Day Canada event in my building.  I really do cherish opportunities to mix thoughts with people younger than myself and older than myself.  We are never too old to learn something from others.  Thank you TIGP for celebrating the similarities and not the differences between the generations.

Submitted by – Elizabeth Sedore

I am recognizing and celebrating Intergenerational Day Canada by joining TIGP at the Greenwood Towers event and enjoying the different activities.  I am going to be adventurous and for the first time have my face painted.  This is the 1st celebration of Intergenerational Day Canada and I am enjoying it very much.

We are also pleased to recognize the following honourable mentions –

Submitted by – Alfred and Anne Ferdinand

The social Intergenerational Day event at Adanac was well organized. We were able to meet younger generations and exchange our views. Thanks for organizing the day, we really enjoyed the day!

Submitted by – Christine Alexander

I am recognizing and celebrating Intergenerational Day Canada by saying how much I have really enjoyed being a part of TIGP for the past five years.  I have volunteered and watched and participated in the events and I have met so many people over the years.  TIGP is a wonderful organization that has brought everyone together, not only seniors but also children and youth together in communities across Toronto.

Submitted by – Aida Torrevillas

This is my first time to join a celebration and there was a lot of camaraderie among those present and I was glad to be part of it.  I enjoyed the group reading about “Dreams”.  Everybody shared various ideas and told stories about their journey in life.

Submitted by – Fides Garde

The Dream a Dream project is so inspiring for it shows the dreams of individuals.  Great dreams turn into reality.  It has to start with a dream.  The friendship beading activity was very enjoyable and I hope there will be more activities of this kind in the future.

Submitted by – Diane Vieira

I did my household chores in advance and gave up an outing to the Adirondacks to attend the first TIGP Intergenerational Day Canada event at Greenwood Towers on June 1, 2014.

Submitted by Bill Stefanyk

This is my first time attending an event and it was a nice way to meet new people.      

Submitted by Kenny Lu, Riverdale Collegiate youth volunteer

This is the first time I helped TIGP set up for an event.  I taught people how to play Nintendo Wii, helped a senior make 2 bracelets for her grandchildren, helped make the friendship banner and served refreshments to seniors.