If you see some happy staff faces at the new local library, it’s not surprising. In addition to enjoying the slick, new and expanded digs at the old, and now new, Park Street Leisure Centre, they also received $24,860 of federal funding to get their inter-generational computer training project off the ground.
Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott was on hand recently to announce the initiative. The New Horizons for Seniors Program ensures that seniors in Whitchurch-Stouffville will have the opportunity to participate in training on tablets and computers, engage in social interaction with their peers and receive technology mentorship from local youth. The library will offer multiple sessions over the next year.
The initiative promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. The innovative program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
Carolyn Nordheimer James, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library CEO, noted the library “is delighted to partner with the Government of Canada on this inter-generational computer training program. It is wonderful to see the learning that takes place each week, the increasing confidence of our participants and the positive interactions between seniors and youth.”