Volunteer

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.

Deb has been volunteering with LINKages for over 6 years.  She is a School Program Facilitator, having supported primarily Middle School and Jr High programs, connecting students with senior friends.  Deb shares how LINKages has been a transforming experience for her:

October 2019 Volunteer Profile

Deb Cook

Q| What interested you about intergenerational programming?
Awhile after my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, we moved her into Staywell Manor and they had a Linkages program there. That was my first introduction to the program. She loved it and it was so much fun to watch her interact with the kids. I have always loved kids and have been around seniors my entire life. As I grow older I want to keep my mind active and these programs definitely help me do that.
Q| What have you learned?
I’ve learned that life is cyclic. You are born, you grow up and then it’s like reverse osmosis when you enter your final years of life. Helping introduce young people to a totally different genre is exciting and fun. One of the biggest learnings for me is to go with the flow. Seniors do not always feel that great day after day, so you have to be able to use your initiative and creativity to change things up if things are not going according to plan.
 Q| What have you loved about it? Any great stories?
I get to spend time with two of my favorite groups – kids and seniors. (Although I’m considered a senior now. But the new 66 is the old 56 or 46– so true). The smiles on everyone’s faces when they first see each other at the visits, the groans when you announce that it is time to clean up, the many, many hugs that take place when the kids arrive and leave. The Grade 5’s are so much fun! Awww – the innocence of youth. I have so many stories. Some kids have adopted their senior and stay in touch after they have moved on to other schools.
Q| Why do you volunteer?
My mother was instrumental in introducing me to volunteering. She encouraged me to join CGIT when I was a teenager and that program taught me to be a leader, not a follower. I am the oldest of six children and I helped raise my siblings. My first job was babysitting all the kids on our block. Whether as a parent or employee, I have always volunteered. I coached our daughter’s softball teams, basketball teams and junior golfers. I led United Way campaigns at work and did whatever I could to develop volunteerism wherever I hung my hat. When I retired, I knew I had to do something so I chose two areas: Seniors and Healthcare. I just finished a 5-year stint as a Public Advisor on Alberta Health Services’ Advance Care Planning/Goals of Care Designation CRIO project and I volunteer every Thursday afternoon in the Emergency Department at South Health Campus. I consider volunteering a way of life, one that I enjoy very much because it has enriched my life so much.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King Jr.