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Sustaining Strength of Seniors

When COVID-19 forced schools and the rest of society to operate remotely, Rhea (Grade 12) experienced a shift in her busy schedule. Rhea used some of her extra time to check in with important people in her life, including her grandmother, who lives in India. During their weekly virtual visits, she noticed that topics like loneliness and isolation began to consume a lot of their conversations. It was hard for her to hear that her grandmother, on the other side of the world, was facing such a profound sense of loneliness. It was then that Rhea realized, “if my grandmother was feeling like this, back in India, there are probably a lot of people in the same situation, experiencing similar emotions, here in Winnipeg.”

Soon , Rhea began investing her extra time in helping older people stay connected by inviting a group of seniors to participate in virtual meet-ups, creating a community group called Sustaining Strength of Seniors. For more than a year, the group has been meeting on a Zoom call every Sunday afternoon. These meetings give participants the opportunity to escape from their isolation by sharing, connecting and building relationships with one and other.

To learn more about Rhea's project and how it's been impacting the lives others, read the full article, starting on page 18, in the latest Focus magazine | 2020-2021 Year in Review.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.