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A new horizon: BWG library launching workshops for seniors

Committee members sought for Seniors Stories of BWG; goal of program is to collect, preserve and share seniors' stories with the wider community
Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors funding opportunity to support Seniors Stories of BWG, an initiative that will offer free digital literacy workshops for local seniors, which will support in the collection, preservation, and sharing of their stories to the wider community.

Between September 2024 and March 2025, the BWG library, led by a seniors-led committee, will offer free workshops throughout the community including podcasting, photography, digital preservation and more, which will allow participants to learn new skills while capturing their stories for future generations. We presently imagine the project will culminate in a gallery of local seniors’ stories to be displayed at the BWG Public Library and Cultural Centre.

This exciting initiative will engage a seniors-led planning committee in its planning, programming, and evaluation. The BWG library presently is seeking interested committee members to join. Committee members should be local BWG residents, over the age of 55, and interested in creating more opportunities for spotlighting the stories and contributions of local seniors. Participating committee members receive an honorarium for their participation, and we encourage applications from all interested seniors regardless of ability, mother tongue, race, religion, income level, time spent in BWG, and other social, cultural, or economic factors.

Interested persons are asked to fill out and submit an intake form available in person at the library, or through calling 905-775-3328, ext. 6125, by May 28, 2024. Committee members will meet four to six times between June 2024 and April 2025 at a mutually agreed-upon time.

New Horizons for Seniors is a federal program that empowers seniors in their communities and contributes to their health and well-being by promoting volunteerism, mentorship, awareness, social participation and more.