Community Animation Program

Community Animation is a program in North East Edmonton with multiple Community Animators working in several communities across the Edmonton area.  Animators aid seniors in connecting with activities, opportunities, and resources in their area. Additionally, the Community Animators build community relationships; encouraging inclusive, neighbourly, and anti-ageist activities. 

The Community Animators connect schools with seniors who wish to volunteer, connect senior-led organizers to grants and resources, facilitate senior-led activities, and cultivate intergenerational neighbourhood opportunities. The focus of the program is to assist seniors in making their dream projects a reality, and aid in finding a place for their skills, gifts, and wisdom to be utilized. Community Animators strive to facilitate and nurture potential intergenerational projects within any given community, listening and responding to the needs and desires expressed by seniors.

Examples of our current community based work are:

  • JD Bracco Jr High: Intergenerational activities, 2018-present
  • Amazing Elders Speaker Series: Educational Programming curated for seniors by seniors, 2018-present
  • North East seniors’ community partnerships (ongoing facilitation)
  • Grandparents who Parent support group, 2017-present 
  • Parents of Estranged Adult Children 2020- present
  • Virgina Park, Intergenerational reading with Kids (2023) 
  • Knowledge Keepers Program, connecting Knowledge Keepers to opportunities in community, 2019-present
  • Men’s Sheds

Past work:

  • Rundle elementary school: Reading program
  • Highlands Jr High: Intergenerational gardening project
  • RJ Scott elementary school: Reading and crafts program
  • Montrose elementary school: Reading program, 2017-2019
  • Sifton elementary school: Brain Gym program 2018-2019
  • Bannerman School Reading Program, 2019 - 2020 
  • Mount Royal elementary school: Pen-pal program
  • Highlands School reading and games program, 2019- 2020 
  • Al Rashid Mosque: Seniors’ Cookbook & Film project, 2018
  • Intergenerational Philosophy Group 
  • Film and Culture analysis group 
  • East Glen High, Intergenerational connections LGTBQ2S+ group, 2019- 2020 
  • Covid Resiliency Support Group, 2020- 2021 

Community Animators are eager to meet with you; connecting seniors with seniors, opportunities, and resources, as well as supporting community led initiatives.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any further questions please contact:

Sage intake line: 780 423 5510 or

To learn more about Community Animation initiatives made possible by the Age Friendly Edmonton Knowledge to Action funding, click here.

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