Generations Calgary has been developed by drawing on research and best practices from industry leaders and organizations of similar purpose and addresses two fundamental issues applicable to the aging. First, rooted in the Islamic values of human dignity and compassion, and guided by evidence that reducing social isolation in aging enhances wellbeing, Generations Calgary is designed to encourage high-quality social interactions across generations from early childhood through to older years. We also seek to improve the quality of life of the elderly by focusing on healthy aging. With the recognition that meaningful social interactions and a sense of community are deeply woven with core values and culture, Generations establishes its care and programs in a values-based, culturally relevant context. It also underpins its programming with an inter-generational focus.
Second, inspired by the Ismaili community’s commitment to volunteerism, a robust volunteer engagement plan supports our program delivery. The Ismaili community in Canada is pluralistic and reflective of the diverse cultural mosaic that is present in Canada. Ismailis living in Canada today are from around the world, including several countries in East and Central Africa, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, Iran, the Middle East and parts of Europe. Volunteers will be called upon to assist in implementing thoughtful and culturally suitable programming to properly cater to the pluralistic nature of the residents.
Generations Calgary thanks our donors who have helped make this project possible through their generous support: