#ElderWisdom Quote by Ron Schlegel

In June of 2016, residents of each Schlegel Village were joined by community members on the green bench in their community for conversations across 13 cities in Ontario. On June 6th, 2017, 80 seniors from across Schlegel Villages joined approximately 500 youth at 16 schools in Ontario to share their wisdom with the students. In June of 2018, the Villages brouht the bench and seniors back out into the community visiting 15 cities across Ontario to sharing in conversations. Our #ElderWisdom campaign is designed to decrease ageism in our communities and bring awareness to the amount of wisdom seniors bring.

Ageism is a form of discrimination, particularly experienced by seniors.  Our Elders have a great deal of wisdom to contribute to their communities. However, societal norms marginalize seniors, treat them with disrespect, make them feel unwelcome and otherwise generalize as if they were all the same. 

It's easy to participate! Connect and learn from a senior. Whether it be a family member, a neighbour, a friend at a local retirement home, or someone in the community, they all have a story or a talent to share. Share your experience, a quote, or your learnings on social media using #ElderWisdom.

Visit elderwisdom.ca for more details, photos and posts about our annual campaign.

Looking for more information or how to get involved?  Contact Ted.Mahy@schlegelvillages.com


#ElderWisdom In The News


#ElderWisdom to make the world a better place | Village Voice

Carl from Winston Park interviewed by Mike Farwell in Kitchener | 570 News

101-year-old tackling ageism using #ElderWisdom bench | CBC Windsor

#ElderWisdom social awareness campaign comes to Burlington to combat ageism | Burlington Post

How #ElderWisdom Will Help Tackle Ageism in Ontario | Zoomer

Brampton senior takes part in #ElderWisdom community visit | Brampton Guardian

‘Change and Love are the only Constants in Life’: #ElderWisdom in the Realm of Inclusion | Village Voice

Need Advice? Pop-Up Park Bench Invites You To Talk With A Senior | Toronto Storeys

Need some advice on your job, dating, travel? Have a seat with a senior | CBC Toronto

Guelph seniors share some wisdom | Guelph Mercury Tribune

How a little #ElderWisdom and a green bench will tackle ageism in Ontario| CBCKW

Green Bench Wisdom | Canadian Mennonite

#ElderWisdom: Seniors share their experiences | CTV Kitchener

Cherish Our Teachers and Discover the Wisdom of the Elder | Village Voice

#ElderWisdom Campaign Launches in Mississauga | Village Voice

Green Benches will be set up in Market Square for 2018 #ElderWisdom Campaign | Guelph Today

Spreading the Wisdom in St. George’s Square | Guelph Today

Senior shares Wisdom at Waterloo Square | Waterloo Region Record

The Village of Riverside Glen, Jean, ElderWisdom, & Marlene | CFRU 93.3FM

The Effects of Ageism on Quality of Life for Seniors | CARF International

#ElderWisdom Shared with Students to Mark Seniors Month | Schlegel Villages

Schlegel’s #ElderWisdom Green Bench Campaign aiming to quash ageism | OLTCA

#ElderWisdom Campaign Harnesses Great Untapped Resource | Schlegel Villages

#Guelph Seniors Share Wisdom! | Mayor Cam Guthrie

Seniors Share their Wisdom at Gore Park | Hamilton Spectator

Taking Aim at Negative Stereotypes about Older People | Kitchener Citizen (pg2)

Senior Shares her Story with Strangers on Barrie Park Bench | Simcoe.com

1 Green Bench + 200 Conversations = A Successful Elder Wisdom Campaign | Senior Housing Forum

Phyllis and Hamlen share #ElderWisdom with the Peel Police

Learn more about the Wisdom of the Elder Signature Program and watch our Video