Background Information – Founder Coordinator
During the 1960s, Kathy Smith entered the creative age in the Yorkville Toronto arts community called “The Village.” Young adults flocked to the area to establish a youth culture with a focus on creative self expression and collective social activism. As a resident of the diverse downtown Toronto Annex Neighbourhood, community and neighbourhood activism was well known through the work of Jane Jacobs. Smith says “All voices were heard and valued. Even though we experienced a fair amount of push back from authorities, the members of our tribe were embraced and valued. We were encouraged to get involved to make a difference in the community.”
Kathy Smith now resides in downtown London Ontario Canada. She brought together a group of talented and creative adults 55+ to form a catalyst network with a mission to improve the quality of life of older adults in London and surrounding areas.
cross sector collaborations
Arts instructors, performers, facilitators, volunteers and associates developed informative and entertaining outreach programs and events to
educate, entertain, empower and inspire adults 50+
Partnership Programs 2010 to 2020
We are grateful for the support we’ve received for the past 10 years from all of our volunteers, sponsors and community partners including – New Horizons for Seniors Canada, Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program, Over55 London, Museum London, The City of London Age Friendly Network, London Arts Council, Third Age Outreach, Neighbourhood Watch, London Public Library, Municipality of Thames Centre, VON, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and London Middlesex Community Housing.
Province of Ontario Achievement Award
from Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Mayors Honour Roll for Arts and Culture London Ontario
North London Community Achievement Award
Adult Educator Award – London Council for Adult Education
Ontario Achievement Award