We Begin With Residents

“Weldercoree can talk about things that make us uncomfortable with people who are different than us”

Don’t Call Me Dearie

a short documentary

about grassroots community leadership

from people over 65

Earlier this year, we at Calgary Foundation received an application to one of our grassroots granting programs from a new non-profit organization made up of graduates of the Elder Service Corps leadership training program of a local organization, Carya. The graduates wanted to make a documentary about their experience of leadership training at the age of 65 or older and about the good work they’ve done in the community as a result of what they learned.

With our grassroots grant and other supports, the group produced a short documentary that speaks with humour and heart about inclusion, personal and community change, and learning to be an elder. The video contends that it’s time to change the conversation about what it means to grow older. And it showcases the joy we can obtain when we talk truthfully and with compassion about all that separates us and all that can bring us together.

I can’t think of a better moment to recharge ourselves with the hard-won wisdom of such a marvellous group of people learning together how to “grow older better” and contribute to the community.

Julie Black

Citizen Engagement Associate

Calgary Foundation

Calgary, Alberta Canada

 

Watch their video “Don’t Call Me Dearie” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Y9PZkjsG0

Learn more about Elder Service Corps http://caryacalgary.ca/our-programs/older-adults/elder-service-corps/

Learn more about grassroots grants at Calgary Foundation http://calgaryfoundation.org/grants-awards/grassroots-grants

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