The Saskatoon Council on Aging held the third annual Volunteer Connector event on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at the Saskatoon Field House. The cold stormy weather was no barrier for the older adults and communities agencies who participated at the event.
The Volunteer Connector links older adults and community agencies in mutually beneficial partnerships. Older adults find volunteer opportunities to stay active and contribute to worthwhile community causes. Community agencies benefit from the knowledge and experience of older adult volunteers. Older adults are dedicated and skilled volunteers that contribute hours of valuable work to charities and non-profits each year.
Thank you to our sponsors and partners; Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatoon Public Library and Revera.
The Volunteer Connector was followed by a professional development session that focused on a presentation on ageism by Mercedes Montgomery and Elliot Paus Jenssen.
Key messages from the presentation:
- Become aware of ageism as a socially constructed, learned prejudice – that can be changed!
- Understand the harm ageism causes.
- Recognize ageist attitudes, language (in self and others, in the media and in institutions).
- Dare to challenge ageism, change the culture.