MARCH 25, 2015 / Legacy Project / Community begins in conversation. What ideas can we dream up together for better lives for all ages in Whitchurch-Stouffville? For the first free event in the WS YOU 177 Community Conversation series, Dr. Peter Whitehouse will lead a wide-ranging, thought-provoking Town Hall-style discussion on Saturday, April 18, 3:00-5:00 pm at 6240 Main Street in Stouffville. As a medical doctor and researcher with more than thirty years experience, Dr. Whitehouse realized that as we're living longer, meaningful lives have to be about more than pains and pills. He is Founder of The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, one of the top performing schools in Ohio and recent recipient of the prestigious Eisner Award. Dr. Sally Chivers from Trent University's Centre for Aging & Society and Susan V. Bosak from the Legacy Project will also contribute to the event, as will all ages in the community.
"Every time I listen to Dr. Whitehouse," says Bosak, the lead social researcher with the Legacy
Project, based in WS, "I leave with a head full of ideas and a little more hope in my heart."
Dr. Whitehouse will challenge what you think you know about growing up and getting older by connecting health, education, aging, the arts, and the environment in ways that will spark new ideas.
Dr. Whitehouse is also a researcher with Case Western Reserve University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.
One of his particular areas of interest is dementia, and bringing quality of life and purpose to people with dementia and their families. He also believes in the power that can come from bringing generations together. The Intergenerational School is a leading-edge lifelong learning model in which all ages learn from and with each other every day.
The Community Conversation series is part of WS YOU 177 in partnership with the WS Public Library and the Stouffville Sun-Tribune. What do you really care about as Whitchurch-Stouffville grows?
WS YOU 177 is a broad-based community collaborative that includes the WS Public Library, Legacy Project,
local media, service clubs, faith-based groups, schools and seniors groups. It's been made possible through grants from United Way York Region and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
YOU 177 is an intergenerational innovation initiative that empowers YOU to make a difference in a big-picture context – 1 World with 7 Generations and 7 Billion People. The first step is Dreaming Bigger. Community conversations that share dreams and ideas across generations will lead to innovative local action projects in support of youth, seniors, and families. As the Lead YOU 177 Innovator Community in Canada, WS is inspiring other communities across the country.
Reserve your seat at the free WS YOU 177 Community Conversation with Dr. Peter Whitehouse on Saturday, April 18, 3:00-5:00 pm, 6240 Main Street, Stouffville by visiting www.wsyou177.org or call (905) 640-8914.