Definition of IG Immersion
What Is Intergenerational lmmersion?
Intergenerational immersion is defined as any situation whereby different generations interface within each others’ living/working space. For example, if a youth group enters a care home to participate with elders in some way, this is intergenerational immersion. If elders visit a school to participate as an audience for a student concert, this is intergenerational immersion. In each case, connecting of the participant groups is intentional, with specific intergenerational goals in mind. The resulting connections are rich and hold hope for future communities through sharing.
History of i2i
The i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada, based out of British Columbia, was created in 2008 to assist Canadians in the building of bridges between generations.
Founder Sharon MacKenzie had worked for over thirty years connecting school aged children and youth to different generations within their communities.
Part of this initiative saw the creation of the Meadows School Project. As proof of the power of INTERGENERATIONAL (IG) became increasingly evident through this immersion project, Sharon’s mission shifted to that of promotion and sharing with the rest of Canada the ‘Why?’ and the ‘How’ of INTERGENERATIONAL bridging.
Now i2i is poised as a repository for information, resources, sharing, research and celebration in the field of INTERGENERATIONAL relations. This website and the i2i INTERGENERATIONAL Society exist for those with interest in pursuing activities, discussions, and research in IG.
In the true nature of including all generations, we are proud that our working Board of Directors spans the demographics from 21 years of age to 95 years of age. Each Director is committed to sharing our IG experiences while encouraging others to forge new partnerships between the ages.
i2i IS ABOUT
DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY’, not ‘DOING DIFFERENT THINGS’
Meadows School Project Team Presenting at BC
Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport Active Aging
Symposium , Vancouver, June 2008
Moderated by (now) Premier Christy Clark
Sharon MacKenzie – Founder of i2i
Sharon L. MacKenzie, (BA, MEd-UBC, Canada) is an educator of thirty years, Kindergarten to University, and has been dedicated to creating intergenerational learning opportunities within community. She has successfully connected government mandated curriculum, youth, and older adults at all levels of involvement.
From the once a year visit between children and elders, to the regular monthly ‘craft and connect’ format, Sharon moved into development and implementation of a highly acclaimed and unique full immersion model, The Meadows School ProjectTM.
In 2008 Sharon left her teaching position to found the i2i Intergenerational Society with the purpose of bringing youth and older adults together across Canada. She has authored the three intergenerational curricula and kits linked on this website, in cooperation with government and organizations. Presently, she travels across the country speaking to groups and individuals assisting them in the planning and implementation of intergenerational activities.
2009 BC Premier’s Awards, Government House, Victoria, BC
Meadows School Project Featured at BC Ministry of Health Symposium June
i2i Executive Director met with then Minister of State for Seniors,
Board of Directors
|Sam Nolan, President, Vernon, BC, CA
Sam is a recent UBC graduate. Born in Vancouver, Sam grew up in Vernon, BC graduating from Kalamalka Secondary. As a student participant in Year 1 (2001) of the Meadows School Project, Sam was moved by the richness of the experience. He continued to volunteer at the Meadows throughout his high school years, and then at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the Hawthorne Retirement Community, Kelowna, BC. Sam also worked as a pharmacy technician at Pharmasave in Vernon. Sam loves to ski, read, play volleyball and most of all, play soccer. He is currently working as a pharmacist in Vernon BC.
Partners of i2i- With thanks from the Board of Directors:
*Marie Firth, centurian partner, Meadows School Project, Coldstream Meadows Retirement Community, Coldstream, BC, CA
*Cameron MacKenzie CA, i2i Outside Financial Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities, Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC, CA
*Chris Alveberg, i2i Legal, Nixon Wenger, Vernon, BC, CA
We are very honoured to have a Board of Directors that reflects the nature of the i2i Intergenerational Society, and its sense of purpose in re-connecting community. Our Board has representatives from the Order of Canada, large corporation and business, the older adult community, the senior care profession, parents, classroom teachers, university educators, and participant youth. Indeed our Board spans almost eight decades from young adult, to middle aged adults, and working and retired older adults. We believe we must be the change we want to see.
i2i wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the late John Cochrane, Meadows School Project participant, and former i2i Director
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