Building Bridges: Connecting Communities

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To register: 519 268-2025

Event – Friday, September 13th 9:30am to 3:30pm

Cost – free

Goal – to strengthen area social connections through networking – speakers, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes and complimentary community luncheon. Hosted by the Dorchester Seniors Centre and funded, in part, by New Horizons for Seniors Canada and Municipality of Thames Centre.

Dorchester Community Centre Auditorium

20 minutes east of Hamilton Road and Highbury

Exhibitor Sponsors

Century 21 First Canadian

Home Star In Home Health Care

CARP Chapter 8 London – St.Thomas

London and Area Creative Age Network

Keynote Speaker:

10am – Pat Spadafora, Kaleidoscope Consulting

Pat Spadafora is changing the way we view aging. As the founder and former Director of the Sheridan College Centre for Elder Research, Pat established a proven track record of taking innovative projects from concept to reality. Under her leadership, the Centre produced an impressive body of work and developed a reputation for inventive, interdisciplinary research that can be translated into practical programs in your community

Thrive: Connecting Generations Strengthens Communities and Benefits Everyone

Technology, advances in transportation and other forward achievements have increased the ways in which we communicate and connect with one another. Still, we often seem more isolated from those around us than ever before. Nowhere is this more evident than when we look at how age segregated our communities have become. This talk will explore the benefits, for all ages, of moving from an age segregated society to an age integrated one. 

Examples of inter and multigenerational thinking will be drawn from around the globe with the objective of considering how these might be adapted in the local area.

10:45 Group discussion and conversations

12 noon – Complimentary Luncheon and Networking

1pm – Special guest, 91 years young Audrey Cooper who started painting at the age of 76 and now operates a busy and popular ART GALLERY. 

1:15pm – Using technology to build bridges between groups and communities. Learn about a new project called Crossing Arts-Tech Bridges.

1:30pm – Creative Age Art Studio Programs/Murals

Hear about the Community Mural Project. Meet Penny Wearne, the studio co-ordinator, along with studio painters who are developing intergenerational and community-building projects for Thames Centre along with OUTREACH to surrounding communities.

1:45 Entertainment

Sheila Horrell – experience more about intergenerational drum circles

Bernie Gilmore – Crossing Cultures – storytelling/music/songs

3pm – Wrap Up and Door Prizes

**Visit the new CREATIVE AGE ART STUDIO located by the walking track in the new building.


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7pm – don’t forget Bridge Fest: a celebration of local food, art, music and community on the Dorchester Pedestrian Bridge starting at 5pm and continues through Saturday September 14th, 2019.

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