Seniors Inspire Youth
On October 24, 2010, a wonderful event was held at the Clyde River Community Centre and three well-known seniors inspired youth and others with interesting stories and facts. Audrey MacPhee described her unique and pleasant experience when she as a young teacher taught well-behaved children at this one room school in Clyde River in the 1950s. Three of her former students, now “new” seniors were in the attentive audience.
Helen MacPhail reviewed her busy role as the Lieutenant Governor’s wife during the years that her husband Lloyd G. MacPhail served in that capacity. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was not a position of leisure, as Helen outlined a typical day at Government House and showed pictures of important events and people they had hosted.This community is proud of the fact that the late Hon. Lloyd G. MacPhail was from Clyde River.
Jean MacLean presented on the productive and disciplined life as she served as a member of the WRENS during World War II. Her story must have had quite an impact on today’s youth, as she told of the early morning wake-up calls and training marches. Jean’s great grandchildren were among those in attendance, so her story will be remembered for many years. Jean’s talk encouraged all ages to remember both the men and the women who helped secure Canada’s freedom. Her pictures brought the experience to life and captured each aspect of her workday.
This well attended afternoon was the final event of CRWI’s New Horizons for Seniors project, Youth Inspire Seniors and Seniors Inspire Youth. Positive comments about the afternoon and the project showed that this project was a success. There have been increased opportunities for interaction and understanding between youth and seniors and an inclusive community spirit has been promoted by the activities of the project.