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Intergenerational Day brings together generations of Ottawa residents

How connected do you feel to your neighbours? Do your social circles span generations? With the number of one-person households now surpassing all other types of living situations, and social media defining the majority of our interactions, it’s no wonder that many of us are feeling the need for a deeper connection. Inspiring stories about nursing homes being combined with childcare centres lead us to believe that there’s a lot of sense (and magic!) in creating programming that brings together diverse generations.

Since 2010, over 100 Canadian cities have officially recognized Intergenerational Day, which highlights the positive value of relationships between older and younger people. This year, for the first time, the City of Ottawa will recognize Intergenerational Day on Saturday, June 1st, and a festive outdoor celebration will take place at allsaints event space in the heart of Sandy Hill.

Founders of iGenOttawa – Nicola Maule, Martha Jeacle, Diane Drouin, and Christine Franklin – are promoting the value of taking small actions to bridge generations and encouraging organizations, community groups, and residents to plan activities that bring people of different ages together.

Intergenerational Day is a day to highlight the wonderful things that are taking place between generations in our community – but our efforts don’t have to end there! Throughout the year, try inviting someone for tea or to go for a walk, organizing a gathering for community members on your block, or simply asking a neighbour if you can borrow a cup of sugar. With simple acts we can all seek out new opportunities to connect with others in meaningful ways and contribute to fostering a sense of belonging within our community.

For more information, please visit www.iGenOttawa.ca and follow @iGenOttawa on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.