It was a great experience. The local Boys and Girls Club of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, teamed with seniors in the community for a Walk with Generations along the boardwalk by the harbour.
The harbour at low tide
The young leaders were raising funds to provide benches around the community for all residents, but especially seniors, in keeping with the city's Age Friendly City project.
Age Friendly City, AFC, is a program developed by the World Health Organization.
Our city has a volunteer committee which is working to acquire this AFC status for the city. I work on that committee and walked with the young people.
At one station along the way, we listened to an AFC committee member describe her family and her life, growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Ontario, Canada.
At another, a local historian explained various artifacts and some of the history of this city and province. Refreshments rounded out the walk.
As I walked and chatted with three young women, trucks unloaded sand along the shoreline. We were aware of their work but not paying attention. Then the swinging back of a dump truck slammed as it unloaded sand. It startled us. "We are so fortunate to live in a place without gun violence," I said.
"Or bombs," said one of the young women. Not every child in the world is so fortunate.
The next day, a Syrian refugee family of nine children and their parents, arrived in Charlottetown on this island. They are sponsored by a local church and individuals who have a house and a support system ready to help them. We can only imagine what those children have seen and heard over their short lives.
That day on the boardwalk, the truck noise was startling but with the reality of our lives here in this province and country, all generations felt safe. I hope, with time, this family, new to our country, will feel safe too.
Story about the refugee family is here.