June 2024

Join us this June for the #ElderWisdom initiative, a heartwarming and impactful program celebrating Seniors Month in Ontario. Schlegel Villages, in collaboration with a variety of libraries across the province, invites community members to engage in meaningful conversations with seniors on the iconic green bench.

What is #ElderWisdom?

The #ElderWisdom initiative aims to combat ageism and honor the invaluable contributions of our senior community members. By creating spaces where people of all ages can come together to share stories, wisdom, and life experiences, we foster intergenerational connections and promote a more inclusive society.

How Does It Work?

Throughout June, Schlegel Villages will host a series of programs at libraries across Ontario. Community members are encouraged to take a seat on the green bench and engage in conversations with seniors, gaining insights and wisdom from their rich life experiences. These events not only celebrate the voices of our elders but also provide a platform for mutual learning and understanding.

Join the Conversation at one of our Community Programs:

Tuesday, June 4thBurlington Public Library (click to expand)

Tansley Woods Library, 1996 Itabashi Way, Burlington, ON (Map)
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Seniors from The Village of Tansley Woods

Saturday, June 8th – Essex County Library

Tecumseh-Cada Branch, 13675 St. Gregory’s Rd, Tecumseh, ON (Map)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Seniors from The Village of Aspen Lake

Saturday, June 8th – London Public Library

Bostwick Branch, 501 Southdale Rd W, London, ON (Map)
Time: 10am to 12pm
Seniors from The Village of Glendale Crossing

Monday, June 10th – Mississauga Library

South Common Library, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga, ON (Map)
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Seniors from Erin Mills Lodge and The Village of Erin Meadows

Tuesday, June 11th – St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School, Hamilton

Courtyard, 200 Acadia Drive, Hamilton (Map)
Stories from the Green Bench
Time: 130pm
Seniors from The Village of Wentworth Heights & Hamilton Continuing Care

Tuesday, June 18th – The Village of Humber Heights, Etobicoke

“Moments with the Wise” Green Bench chats in a speed dating format
Village of Humber Heights, 2245 Lawrence Avenue W, Etobicoke (Map)
Two Time Slots: 1pm to 2pm & 2pm to 3pm
*Registration Required (Link)
Seniors from Humber Heights, Fairview & Maynard

Wednesday, June 19th – Whitby Public Library

Central Library, 405 Dundas Street W, Whitby, ON (Map)
Time: 9am to 12pm
Seniors from The Village of Taunton Mills

Thursday, June 20th – The Village of Sandalwood Park, Brampton

The Village of Sandalwood Park long-term care
425 Great Lakes Drive (Map)
1:30 – 2:00 – Welcome and Conversations on the Green Bench
2:00 – 3:00 – Stories from the Green Bench (take a seat and hear from a variety of seniors)
3:00 – 4:00 – Meet and Greet with Seniors, Conversations on the Green Bench, and Refreshments

Saturday, June 22nd – Essex County Library

LaSalle Branch, 5940 Malden Rd, Windsor, ON (Map)
Time: 10am to 12pm
Seniors from The Village at St. Clair

Saturday, June 22nd – Waterloo Public Library

John M. Harper Branch, 500 Fischer Hallman Rd N, Waterloo, ON (Map)
Time: 10am to 12pm
Seniors from The Village at University Gates

Monday, June 24th – Guelph Public Library

Main Library, 100 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON (Map)
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Seniors from The Villages of Riverside Glen and Arbour Trails
Event Details

Tuesday, June 25th – Barrie Public Library

Painswick Branch, 48 Dean Ave, Barrie, ON (Map)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Seniors from Coleman Care Centre
Event Details

Tuesday, June 25th – Kitchener Public Library

Central Library, 85 Queen St. N, Kitchener, ON (Map)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Seniors from The Village of Winston Park

Get Involved

We encourage you to join us at one of the events near you. Whether you are looking to share your own stories or simply listen and learn, the green bench offers a welcoming space for all.

Let’s come together this June to honor our seniors, celebrate their contributions, and build a stronger, more inclusive community.

Video from 2019

General Questions
Alexandra Amey, Project Coordinator

Media Inquiries
Ted Hudson

“The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders.”

Ron Schlegel

These events are brought to you by:

Schlegel Villages Retirement and Long Term Care Communities