Silvana Valentone

Silvana Valentone

ESL Teacher; Program Coordinator, Seniors Circles, with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) Ottawa

I participate in this project because through years of teaching and working with older adults- with different abilities and from diverse cultures- I’ve learned that visual aids are key to getting a message across.  And, as a Positive Psychology enthusiast, I’m a firm believer in the power of physical activity to help us all lead healthier and happier lives. Daily Dozen brings easy exercises into a visual format that will encourage seniors to keep active and engaged.

After more than a decade working in the Canadian non-profit sector, I understand the limitations of formal funding and well-established programming.

Our most isolated seniors, who usually live in low-income housing and many times also experience language barriers, don’t have access to or simply don’t know about those programs and services.

Putting up flyers at the local library with details about a free exercise class in the adjacent community centre will not reach all our neighbours. So why not bring the exercises to the seniors’ apartment buildings, with visual cues on the hallways of every floor?

We, the volunteer team behind Daily Dozen, are confident that these 12 exercise stations will positively impact the physical health of residents, which, in turn, will improve their well-being, and in the end, change our communities for the better.

 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Silvana Valentone