VIDEO: These Edmonton seniors enjoyed a giant drive-by Mother’s Day parade
YEG Seniors Project organized their first socially-distanced Mother’s Day celebration this weekend, in the form of a drive-by parade for Edmonton seniors at McTaggart Place. More than 65 people participated in the parade, which saw cars stream by the retirement centre, with passengers holding up signs with messages of solidarity and love, while residents gathered outside to watch.
Retirement and long-term care facilities across Canada have been hit hard by COVID-19, and many have had no-visitor policies in place since March. YEG Seniors Project is a new initiative that supports and advocates for Edmonton seniors, while raising awareness of the importance of intergenerational connection. “We wanted to do something where we could enhance intergenerational bonding and do something like this, something physically distanced but brighten the senior’s day,” Meera Kassam of YEG Seniors Project told CTV.
The organizers were thrilled with the turnout, particularly as they had only begun planning the event one week before. “This pandemic has reminded me that Edmonton is a great place full of amazing people who care about the community,” they wrote on Instagram.
Swipe through on the following post to see footage of the event.