2010 - Starting Out
A teacher-team at Montgomery Village Public School in Orangeville Ontario developed the GrandPals project which connected elementary school students with older adults at the Avalon Retirement Residence.
2014 - Establishing Roots
The first year of a “GrandPals Gala” for Montgomery Village Public School Students. In previous years the project had not enjoyed this kind of wrap-up celebration and closure. This video summary captures some of the highlights from the inaugural event.
2015 - Sharing & Promoting
Springboarding from the resources shared, our friends at the Orangeville Christian School launched a successful GrandPals Project at the Avalon Retirement Residence. Highlights from the project are captured in this summary video.
2016 - Gaining Support
Having gained the attention of the Rotary Club of Orangeville, the GrandPals Project at Montgomery Village PS received a Rotary District Grant to support and further develop the project.
This Toronto City News feature was the result of a partnership between the Town of Orangeville and the GrandPals Project at Montgomery Village PS.
Funds for the project were provided by a grant from the Ontario Seniors Secretariat.
2017 - National Acclaim
Montgomery Village PS teachers Lynda Brown and Marc Mailhot received the Governor General Award for Excellence in Teaching for their work on the GrandPals Project.
2018 - Resources to Share
2019 - Measuring Impact
2020 - Broader Reach
Kimberly Hartnett and her Grade 3 students at Carmel River Elementary (California, USA), made use of the resources shared on www.grandpals.ca to launch a successful project in partnership with The Carmel Foundation.
2021 - Reinventing
Marc Mailhot teamed up with the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health (CSAH) at Providence Care to strategize on how to grow and expand the reach of the program in a world impacted by COVID-19. CSAH at Providence Care is a centre for excellence for facilitating knowledge exchanges, education, capacity building and research to improve health and well-being of older adults. Together, Mr. Mailhot and CSAH established the GrandPals National Program.
2022 - National Expansion
The Centre for Sudies in Aging and Health at Providence Care secured a three-year grant to expand the GrandPals Program nationally. In the 2022/2023 school year, the program was introduced to a communities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.