Intergenerational Learning

By: Jessica, Hannah & Emmanuella

This past Tuesday, our Grade eight class had the amazing opportunity to visit the elderly residence of Kensington Place on Sheppard. This was one of six times that we will have the opportunity to visit with. It was very meaningful for many of the elders, and for us as well; we learned with them and got a glimpse of their day-to-day lives. Many of them were very engaged in our conversations, and we enjoyed getting to hear stories from their own experiences while growing up. For example, one of the elders showed some of us the number on his forearm from Auschwitz. He shared how grateful he is to have immigrated to Toronto when he was in his 20’s.  From this one hour meeting, we have a better appreciation of how fortunate we are to be living in Toronto at this time., While some of the elders had very big and fun personalities, others were more shy and quiet. In spite of this, we all walked out of Kensington Place on Tuesday afternoon having learned something.