|SENIORS TO NETWORK WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 11, 2003- About 100 seniors are expected to participate in an afternoon of information, networking and connecting along with students from Marymount Academy and Wagar High School on Wednesday, November 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Cavendish Mall in Côte Saint-Luc. This event is being presented by the Seniors Table of the CLSC Rene-Cassin.
The afternoon will include icebreakers, an information talk by CLSC community organizer Caroline Salmne, and two workshops that will encourage the senior participants to interact with the student animators, and share with them their concerns, needs and their life stories. The participants will also get the opportunity to find out about the many resources that exist in their community, as well as give them a better understanding of what services are available to them and how they can access these services. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Wagar High School students.
The program was developed in response to a report that was prepared by the CLSC Rene-Cassin, which stated that there was more of a need to assess the actual needs of seniors, especially those who are psychologically or physically isolated. "This is due to the loss of a spouse or a close friend, and many seniors don’t know how to form new friendships, in order to create new confidantes or soulmates," said Catherine Cherry, a spiritual community animator at Marymount. The report also showed that seniors needed more information about social facilities, community and medical support systems, as well as a means to connect to other seniors.
Members of the Marymount Retreat Team (MRT) will serve as animators throughout the afternoon. The MRT was created last year and consists of 14 students. "Their job is to draw people in, and to get them to talk at a deeper level, in which they can share things about themselves on a more spiritual level," said Ms. Cherry.
The information, networking and connecting program for seniors is being presented in collaboration with the CLSC Rene-Cassin, the English Montreal School Board, Caldwell Residences, the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, the Extra Miles Senior Visiting Program and the New Hope Center.
Michael J. Cohen