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Seniors Workshop Series Starting in September

Newcomer and established Island seniors learn new skills, create new friendships

Posted: Monday 13th August 2012 16:37

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, the Seniors Active Living Centre, and the Murphy’s Community Centre have partnered to promote the social inclusion of immigrant and established Island seniors through the 'Seniors Connecting Across Cultures' project. A series of eight hands-on workshops, each consisting of eight sessions, taught by seniors where possible, will provide the opportunity for people 50 years of age or older to learn a skill or hobby, spend social time together, exchange cultural knowledge, and make connections. The project is hoped to build a more dynamic, diverse network of seniors in PEI.

Taking into consideration potential language barriers, these free workshops are designed around demonstration and action -- learning a skill or cultural competency -- so that as a newcomer senior, you can participate in activities regardless of your current level of English. Interpreters will be present for at least the first session of each workshop to explain any key workshop elements.

Some workshops have a participant limit, and some do not, but there is no special equipment or experience necessary. Topics are:

  • Eight Nights of Games
  • Learning to Use a Video Camera
  • International Cooking
  • Practical Digital Photography Skills
  • Rug Hooking and Knitting
  • Voices Together Choral Singing
  • Line Dancing, and
  • Visual Arts

The workshops will be offered from September 2012 to May 2013.

We are also looking for seniors who are willing to share their skills and talents as instructors or facilitators -- an honorarium will be offered.

Detailed information on each workshop will be posted on this website under 'Things to Do', as we finalize details. Some sessions have a limited enrollment of sixteen participants. Seniors 50 years of age or older can sign up for as many activities as they wish, and all sessions are free.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program.

For further information, or to sign up for workshops, newcomer seniors are encouraged to contact:

Valerie Fitzpatrick

Valerie Fitzpatrick
Community Connections Worker

(902) 628-6009 ext. 230
E-mail

For more information about this project, contact:

Yvette Doucette

Yvette Doucette
Information Officer

(902) 628-6009 ext. 226
E-mail

Project partners: