Two non-profit organizations in Strathcona County got provincial recognition.
In October, the Alberta government awarded nine individuals, organizations and businesses for their service to seniors. Linking Generations and Volunteer Strathcona were both recipients.
Linking Generations connects seniors and youth to share knowledge and life experiences. During the pandemic, they worked hard to move their programs online.
"Many of our seniors are isolated, to begin with, and then you add COVID hitting, which was so unexpected. For some seniors, they had no contact or very, very little with family," explained executive director Debbie Sinclair. "What we did was open up a different window for them by enabling them to connect with our youth. They felt like they were still contributing; they felt like there was still somebody out there listening to them and visiting with them."
Volunteer Strathcona offers its services to seniors all year long. In response to the pandemic, they developed and launched a COVID-19 Emergency Community Program. This allowed them to coordinate volunteers to provide essential services to isolated seniors in the community, such as grocery delivery, prescription delivery and compassionate calls.
"To be recognized with such an important award, it is very heartwarming, and it very much confirms the quality of the work that we do in our community," said executive director Judy Ferguson. "We're very lucky to have the type of folks here involved in Strathcona County that are very willing to help out the people."
The two groups often partner with each other to help meet service needs.