Nova Scotians of all ages are being recognized for fostering a culture of caring and learning between generations with the launch of the 2014 Intergenerational Awards.
Seniors Minister Leo Glavine opened nominations today, Feb. 25, for the awards, which celebrate seniors, young people and community groups for their outstanding efforts that inspire interaction between younger and older generations.
"Great things happen when our young people and our seniors can share their experiences and learn from each other," said Glavine. "These awards celebrate those activities that enrich our communities and the lives and well-being of all involved."
Three awards will be presented:
-- outstanding volunteer group
-- outstanding volunteer service for a younger generation individual
-- outstanding volunteer service for an older generation individual
"Creating intergenerational connections is vital in the development of a strong culture and community. By creating a safe, positive environment that fosters the building of profound social and personal relationships and experiences, the connection between generations was easily recognized," said Kayla Mallery, who received the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for Younger Nova Scotians last year.
Mallery established the Happily Ever Active program, which seeks to provide accessible arts and fitness classes for seniors throughout Halifax Regional Municipality.
"Receiving this award was both humbling and invigorating as it emphasized the strong sense of community that is seen within Happily Ever Active. In all of our programs, both young and old are learning and taking on new challenges together."
Anyone in Nova Scotia can submit a nomination. The deadline for submissions is April 7.
For more information about the awards or to download the nomination form, visit: http://novascotia.ca/seniors/NS_Intergenerational_Awards.asp .