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SACRED – Senior Arts & Culture Recreational Education Development September 18, 2017

Posted by KDA in Uncategorized.

Senior & Culture for Recreational Education Development – S.A.C.R.E.D.  is a project that engages with seniors for social development through a peer mentoring model where seniors support each other by using artistic, cultural and traditional skills they have at their disposal.

SACRED poster web flyerThe project highlights the existing talents and skills of Parkdale seniors such as artistic, cultural, traditional and craft skills (painting, weaving, knitting, crochet, embriodery, story telling, singing, dance, cooking,  language skills etc.,) as tools to help resolve the existing barriers seniors live with and build capacity for all seniors through volunteerism and mentoring.

This community arts focused approach in social development, position the seniors in leadership roles where they utilize their knowledge and skills as the tools to interact, assist their peers, influence the younger generations, share their knowledge with all for posterity and contribute to community building. In sharing with both peer seniors and with community members of all ages and doing arts and cultural activities among the seniors of diverse backgrounds help develop new networks, enhance their social life, improve English language or literacy skills (in any language they would like to develop in)  and provide an engaging platform to participate in Canadian society.

#S.A.C.R.E.D addresses the barriers many immigrant seniors in Parkdale live with, specifically, social isolation and language (English communication skills). Over 20% of Parkdale population are seniors out of which, 49 % of seniors live alone. In addition, there are a large number of immigrant seniors of Tibetan, Hungarian, South Asian and other minority backgrounds in the concentrated diverse neighborhood of Parkdale. Many of the more recent immigrants have little or no English language skills with the added disadvantage of no social network to practice the new language with. In addition, a large majority of the senior in minority communities are isolated with very little social network support outside of their immediate community or family.

We welcome seniors of all backgrounds aged 55 plus to join as mentors, facilitators and participants.  Note: Senior groups meet weekly on Sundays from 2 to 4 pm in the pleasant and spacious basement hall at the church building,  201 Cowan Ave. – right next to Parkdale library.

#S.A.C.R.E.D is directed by Kalsang Dolma (co-founder and president of DreBu) -her artistic projects can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/ArtKdArt/

Enjoy SACRED photo album and video playlist on facebook (no log in required).

The project is supported by Government of Canada (Federal) – New Horizons Seniors Program. Questions? please contact project staff, Lhamo or Woesal at 647-606-3386 or 647-267-7955 or email us at drebu.sacred@gmail.com



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