Photo by Ashley Giovannini.
Photo by Ashley Giovannini.

UBCO's Age-Link was created in 2016. This club focuses on bridging the generational gap that is so apparent in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world.

Age-Link's President Salman Karmali says that since the creation of Age-Link, they have found that gaps exist not just between generations but also within them, due to varying cultural backgrounds and experiences. In an attempt to bring generations and people together, Age-Link holds a few events per term that include individuals from both the local community and the UBC Okanagan campus.

"Through Age-Link, we hope to provide an opportunity for people to learn about different cultures and perspectives while maintaining and sharing their own," said Karmali. "Age-Link is particularly interested in connecting with the Aboriginal community in the Okanagan to celebrate and learn about Aboriginal culture, including how this culture has [thrived] despite many hardships."

Photo by Ashley Giovannini.
Photo by Ashley Giovannini.

Since 2016, Age-Link has created an initiative that boasts several hundred members from diverse demographics, backgrounds, and professions throughout the community of Kelowna.

Age-Link is planning a formal gala dinner over a weekend in February 2019, running from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the UBC Okanagan Ballroom. This event aims to showcase how culture can be preserved and celebrated regardless of external influences.

The gala will begin with a keynote speech that will present the theme at hand and stress how important the preservation of language and culture is for future generations.

"We plan to have a diverse audience, so the gala will conclude with an opportunity to mingle and converse with one another," stated Karmali.

At this event, students will have an excellent opportunity to meet some elite members of the Kelowna community, professors and university officials and other community members to exchange stories and advice.

Photo by Ashley Giovannini.
Photo by Ashley Giovannini.

Age-Link exists for the Aboriginal community, the diverse students at UBC Okanagan, all the members of the International Students Program, and the WUSC student refugee.

"We hope that the Age-Link gala will boost the confidence of individuals who are settling in the Kelowna area by showing them that settling somewhere new does not mean losing one’s own way of life," explains Karmali.

This gala will be organized in partnership with the International Program & Service.

"We hope to give people the opportunity to come together and work toward a community that flourishes because of its diversity," said Karmali.

Salman Karmali (Age-Link President) - Photo by Andrea Marie Tan.
Salman Karmali (Age-Link President) - Photo by Andrea Marie Tan.