Connecting Youth and Seniors
Did you know that across the Lower Mainland 25,000+ local seniors say they have nobody to talk to? Unfortunately, the risks are real: loneliness can be just as dangerous to a senior’s health as smoking.
The leadership students at Clayton Heights Secondary are helping tackle the unignorable issue of isolation by creating positive connections with seniors in their community. In November youth volunteers organized a seniors game night for the community and also held a dinner with seniors on December 5th. They also participated in several Clayton Community Conversations alongside seniors and other community builders. Their enthusiasm around how we can work together to make Clayton Heights and even better place to live is inspiring.
Trail-blazing with local volunteers
Local community builder and Hope United Church member Gerry Hanlon was determined to clean-up a well used walking trail in Clayton. In November, Gerry organized a clean-up of the trails connecting 68th Avenue and North Creek Pond. Ten volunteers, including several children, joined Gerry in walking the trails around the pond and picking up discarded food wrappers and containers. In just under an hour they collected 7 bags of trash and made one area of their neighbourhood more enjoyable for all.
They are hoping to have another clean up in January. If you’d like to receive information about the next clean up you can email GabrielA@uwlm.ca and get added to Gerry’s list!
Delivering joy to Clayton families this holiday
Thanks to the hard work of a group of Salish Secondary students, the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper program has 200 more toys to give out to needy families this winter. The toy drive also collected $2500 in gift cards and cash to contribute to the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper program.
Helping the Clayton community grow
Sabrina Mehlhorn is a proud member of the Clayton Heights community, and the founder, organizer and market manager of the newly minted Clayton Community Famer’s Market.
“One day, people were talking about the ‘needs’ of the neighbourhood and many people were expressing their love for farmer’s markets.”
In the fall of 2017, she launched the inaugural Clayton Community Farmer’s Market. Every Sunday from May to October, she and her team connect Clayton residents to nutritious, healthy and locally grown and sourced food. It had an immediate and positive impact on local residents and families. Now, with more than 55 vendors at every market, there is always something to do – whether it is produce to be sold, neighbours to be met, or relationships to be built. It’s all because like-minded people came together to improve their community, together.
– Photos and Story courtesy of United Way