Aug 24, 2016
Our residents experienced a wonderful group of international students who are pioneering a volunteer group called the Love Caravan.
They are based in Vancouver but are currently on a cross Canada Tour visiting different continuing care facilities. Their aim is make connections between cultures and generations and promote volunteerism among young adults. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with song, dance and much appreciated interactions between the residents and the students.
"It was a very nice program and I really enjoyed talking with the students!" - Bonnie MacDonald, Canterbury Resident
The students also showed Canterbury residents how to write Chinese symbols.
One resident commented that her son-in law taught in China and she was reminded of how fascinating the Chinese language is. She was amazed that they have so many characters in their alphabet compared to English!
We would like to extend our appreciation to the student of the Love Caravan. Thank you for visiting us at Canterbury Foundation!
Love Caravan connects students and seniors
Article from Vancouver 24 Hours
The Love Caravan is hitting the road this week as a group of young volunteers aiming to make connections between cultures and generations locally are now looking outside B.C.
Love Builder — a non-profit that includes several international student volunteers — has spent the past year dropping in at facilities for seniors, demonstrating elements of their own culture, and sparking conversations with elderly members of society who may feel isolated.
Now in partnership with Latincouver, the group is launching the Love Caravan Cross-Country Tour, with 10 students from various cultural backgrounds travelling later this week to meet with seniors in the prairie provinces and Ontario. They’ll make their first stop Saturday in Edmonton.
The volunteers may perform music, dance or demonstrate crafts from their individual cultures while interacting with seniors. On each tour stop, the Love Caravan