Arts & Life

Five book launches highlight successful intergenerational project

In celebration of the completion of the Conserving History Through Generations project, which brought students together with seniors for a unique intergenerational learning experience, the Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN), along with the New Frontiers School Board Community Learning Centre (CLC), is inviting the public to attend one of five book launches to be held throughout the region. The book, Conserving History Through Generations – Vignettes of the Valley, includes 22 stories of prominent members of the Valley community written by students in their final year at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School. The Chateauguay Valley’s rich history and unique character has been sculpted by the lives of people who have thrived for generations on its soil. The stories included in this book reflect this character and are a powerful reminder of the incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that is transferred through the wonder of intergenerational learning and storytelling. “MWCN had a vision of bringing generations together and sharing stories of what seniors contributed to the community throughout the years,” says MWCN Executive Director Pauline Wiedow. By all accounts, the project was successful beyond expectations.“We have been overwhelmed with encouraging feedback from both students and seniors,” says Kaylie Stuckey, CLC Technician. “This intergenerational project is something that we would like to continue every year since it gives our elders and our students a chance to get to know each other and to learn about the Valley at different points in our history,” she adds. The first book launch will take place at CVR on Friday, March 29, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The book launches will then take place in three other municipalities: In Huntingdon at the Little Green Library on Thursday, April 4; in Howick at the Très-Saint-Sacrement Town Hall on Thursday, April 11; and in Hemmingford on Wednesday, April 17. All of the book launches will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm. A second book featuring stories written by students at St-Willibrord Elementary School in Chateauguay is also being produced. A fifth book launch for this part of the project will take place on Thursday, April 25, from 1 pm to 3 pm at St. Willibrord School. All of the book launches are open to the general public. For more information, please contact Kaylie Stuckey, Community Learning Centre Technician with the New Frontiers School Board, at (450) 829- 2381 Ext. 245.

Sarah Rennie

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