You Have a Story to Share



The Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Orangeville, is supporting inclusion of seniors in our community by developing a GrandPals Project digital resource that introduces seniors to the idea of intergenerational storytelling. We are now ready to test the usefulness and impact of this resource, and seek your feedback in this regard.

The digital resource comes in the form of several brief video tutorials that answer two main questions often asked by seniors when they are introduced to the idea of intergenerational storytelling:

  • Do I have life stories to share? 
  • If so, what kinds of stories? 

We would like to know if this resource (videos found linked below) helps answer these questions for you and convinces you that you have a story to share with young people. 

We would be very grateful if you could watch the videos and then respond to the survey questions. 

Many thanks in advance. 

STEP 1 > Watch the Videos

Welcome (1:48 sec)

This video provides a brief introduction and overview of the content to follow (1:48 sec). 

Five Reasons You Have Stories to Tell (3:02 sec)

This lesson provides a broad overview of the five reasons you have a story to tell. You have stories about,

  • the world
  • decisions you have made
  • changes you have seen
  • new perspectives gained
  • the origins of things we experience today

You Have Stories About the World (4:07 sec)

As a senior, you definitely have a lot more knowledge about the world than a young person does. So, any stories you share from your own life are going to help a young person better understand the world that not only “has been”, but also the world that they are growing up in.

You Have Stories About the Decisions (4:48 sec)

As a senior,  you have stories to share because you have made a lot of decisions over your lifetime…and hearing about these decisions will help young people as they make their own decisions in the future.

You Have Stories About the Change (4:48 sec)

As a senior,  you have stories to share because you have seen a lot of change over the course of your lifetime. You might have seen changes in how people work, or learn, or travel and you’ve seen a lot of changes in the area of technology. Your stories about change will help students become more aware that things haven’t always been the way they are now.

You Have Stories About the Perspectives (6:11 sec)

As a senior, you have stories to share because you have been exposed to a lot of different perspectives over the course of your lifetime. Your stories are going to help young people understand that not everyone in the world sees or does things in exactly the same way.

You Have Stories About Origins (5:47 sec)

As a senior, you have many stories that can help young people understand the origins of things they experience today. 

Many Birds, One Stone (3:44 sec)

A single story from your life can inform a young person about the world, about decisions, about changes, about different perspectives or about origins all at the same time.

Additional Resources

Course Storybook for Seniors (PDF)

Course Transcript (PDF)

Course Worksheets (PDF)

STEP 2 > Complete Our Survey for Age 55+

Please complete this survey by January 9th, 2021.

Thank You!

Thank you for the time you have put into reviewing this resource. We are very grateful for your feedback.