Canadian Institute for Seniors Care, Conestoga College (Students Volunteering with Seniors (“Open Minds, Open Hearts” Program))

Organization Name: Canadian Institute for Seniors Care, Conestoga College
Opportunity Title: Students Volunteering with Seniors (“Open Minds, Open Hearts” Program)
Category: Social and Community Service
Commitment: Less than 6 months, Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: November 17, 2022
End Date: March 31, 2023

Email: omaynardlangedijk@conestogac.on.ca
Website: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/research/applied-research/centres/senior-care
Opportunity Description:

Open Minds, Open Hearts (OMOH) is a two-year project which aims to create awareness and reduce the stigma of dementia by fostering social cohesion and a sense of belonging among college students, people living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners. This project is a collaboration between three colleges across Canada, including the College of New Caledonia in British Columbia, École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) in Quebec, and Conestoga College in Ontario. OMOH will consist of student-led programs hosted by each college. People living with dementia and their caregivers will participate in weekly engagement sessions led by students. These intergenerational group activities will highlight various subjects including culinary arts, celebrating culture, languages and the arts, exploring nature, and promoting physical well-being. Students are welcome to apply here: www.conestogac.on.ca/omoh A program coordinator will be in touch to setup a 15-minute meeting to get to know you and identify how you would like to engage in the program (online or in-person).

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