We Love Our Volunteers

Why Volunteer:

At LINKages Society, volunteers are valued members.  Whether they are youth, older adults, or in-between, volunteers contribute to community change.  Their involvement helps work towards the goal of creating strong and vibrant communities where youth and seniors can thrive.

Volunteering at LINKages will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Build bridges between generations
  • Foster and celebrate age-friendly communities
  • Meet new people, make new friends and develop professional contacts
  • Share skills and experiences with others

To be a volunteer in our Community and School Programs, you must be 18 years old, unless otherwise stated.

For more information, contact us at 403.249.0853 or info@link-ages.ca.

LINKages follows the practices set forth by the Canadian Code of Volunteers www.volunteer.ca.

Erin is in her 4th year of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

A conversation with

Erin Rudy

Q| Why did you choose LINKages for your practicum?
It’s kind of a funny story. I found LINKages quite by accident long before even applying for practicum positions. In one of my classes during my first year in social work I had to pitch an idea and prepare a grant proposal. My initial idea was to connect elementary school children with seniors as kind of a “buddy system.” I was so proud of this idea! But after doing research, I found LINKages and  realized they were already doing what I had in mind. And so quite by accident, I was introduced to LINKages. When it came time to find a practicum placement I saw LINKages was looking for a practicum student – and the rest is history!
Q| What have you learned?
I have learned so much about community development, program facilitation and planning, evaluations, and a lot more about survey databases than I ever thought possible, lol! 
Q| What have you learned about it? Any great  stories?
I have loved every part of it! If I had to narrow it down I would say that I love doing program planning and facilitation. When the unexpected opportunity came up to facilitate for Project Inspire (because the regular facilitator was sick), I was nervous, but I loved every part of it! I am interested to do more art facilitation in my future. 
Faith is in her 4th year of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

A conversation with

Faith Hawamada

Q| Why did you choose LINKages for your practicum?
I loved what LINKages’ stands for and what it does. I thought it would be really eye-opening and amazing to see how to work with two different age groups. Intergenerational relationships are important to ensure that both youth and seniors learn empathy and how to respect and help each other, despite being different. I have never come across an organization that focused on that inter-connection and that is why I chose LINKages.
Q| What have you learned?
How important it is to have a safe and caring environment for individuals to be able to grow and make mistakes without being judged. I have learned that no matter how old one is, everyone has something to offer.
Q| What have you learned about it? Any great stories?
I have loved seeing the connections and magic between the seniors and students grow and develop. I was amazed by how natural these relationships are developing and how big of a smile that each student and senior has when they are together.
Thank you, Erin and Faith, for your enthusiasm, willingness to try new things and to put yourself in new situations. Mostly, thank you for being YOU and bringing your strengths and ideas to the table to help enhance the good work being done to strengthen intergenerational connections in our city!
To learn more about volunteering as either a Care Centre-School Program Support Helper or Facilitator, contact Miriam Bankey, Volunteer Coordinator: miriam.bankey@link-ages.ca.  She’d love to chat with you!
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Martin Luther King Jr.