Members of Sylvan Lake’s Building Bridges committee are busy working on their next event, which will take place during Seniors’ Week. Active seniors are needed for the first Walk the Talk event on June 3.
The event will pair seniors with elementary school students. Together, they’ll be asked to walk a set path in Centennial Park, where they’ll ask each other specific questions posted along the route. Example questions may include:
● What makes a good role model?
● Why is physical activity important to you at your age?
● What was/is your favourite school subject and why?
● What hobbies or activities do you like to do?
The purpose of the activity is to emphasize developmental assets such as:
● Adult role models: Parent and other adults model positive, responsible behaviour
● Caring neighbourhood: Young people experience caring neighbours
● Other adult relationships: Young people receive support from three or more non-parent adults
Organizers feel that having these two generations spend time together will foster a further understanding of one another and their life experiences.
The Building Bridges committee kicked off its Strengths Development Series with a presentation by Amanda Lindhout in March.
The group’s goal is to host activities, presentations and events that are intergenerational and help build community assets.