UBC-Okanagan Group Hosts First Annual Age-Link Gala
In the midst of UBCSUO campaigning and debates, the Age-Link club held their first annual gala in an effort to “bridge the gap between generations” as per their club motto. Age-Link, which acknowledged Dr Mary Ann Murphy as a catalyst for their inspiration because of her “Sociology of Ageing” class, has been in operation since September 2017 and invited students, staff and community members to attend.
Co-presidents, Salman Karmali and An-Noura Compaoré, stated that the goal of Age-Link is “for all generations to merge to prove that the fountain of knowledge and experience can come from each one of us.”
The gala began with performances from talented UBC-Okanagan students, singer Ian Del Carpio and comedian Mackenzie Edwards, which was followed with a panel discussion led by Kelowna mayor, Colin Basran, and concluded with a warm meal and a chance to mingle.
During the panel discussion, Basran asked questions of several community and staff members concerning the future of students in a rapidly evolving society, and how the knowledge of their generation could assist students in their careers. The conversations revolved around the lacking intergenerational communication and the opportunities lost as a result.
“For all generations to merge to prove that the fountain of knowledge and experience can come from each one of us.”
After the discussion, many students took the time to line up beside Colin Basran for a photo with the mayor, while others conversed with community members, like Rawle James and Danielle Hofer or Professors Karl Pinno and Ray Taheri, who stayed afterwards to converse with students and offer their own experience as insight.
Basran stated that he was excited to be apart of the event, “I think anything we can be doing to be promoting diversity, inclusion and acceptance and to bridge the gap between generations in our community; anything to promote that, I’m all for it.”
Basran also noted that it was important to incorporate this ideology into the entire Kelowna community, a sentiment that Karmali and Compaoré share: “Age-Link’s future plans will be to expand more into the UBC and Kelowna community.”
The club is not even a year old but it seems to be already making waves for students as well as in the larger Kelowna community.