International Day of Older Persons on October 1 is an opportunity to recognize, celebrate and support seniors. The Town of Okotoks, in partnership with the communities of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, High River, Foothills County and Longview, is celebrating International Day of Older Persons with the release of the printed collection of stories from Project SOS: Share Our Stories.
Seniors participating in Project SOS shared their real life experiences that reflect upon difficult memories and times they faced, and how these experiences helped them develop resiliency in their own lives. The many stories received showcase the wisdom and resiliency that comes with age, and served as inspiration to others facing their own challenges.
The project, led by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), originally launched on October 1, 2020 and throughout spring 2021 the stories were shared online every week, with the project concluding May 31, 2021. The Project SOS committee is pleased to be able to share the final collection of stories as a book, printed in partnership with the Okotoks & District Historical Society. Printed copies are available to read at:
- Okotoks Public Library, High River Library, Longview Municipal Library and Sheep River Library
- Okotoks and District Seniors Club, Griffiths Senior Centre, High River & District Seniors Friendship Centre
- Heartland Retirement Residence, Tudor Manor, Westwinds residences, Seasons Retirement Village High River
- Okotoks & District Historical Society
- Okotoks Museum and Archives, Highwood Museum
- Okotoks Art Gallery
- FCSS offices in Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Okotoks, High River and Foothills County
Celebrate International Day of Older Persons on October 1 by reading the collection of stories that inspire us to thrive despite the unexpected events of life, and consider asking the older adults in your life to share their own stories! View and download the book online at okotoks.ca/SOS.