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Project Description


Articulation and consolidation of three innovative and successful experiences on adult e-learning, sharing of best practices and intergenerational dialogue developed by and for Spanish speaking seniors and upscaling the project in order to actively engage the Portuguese community, enhancing opportunities for participation, strengthening our common cultural bonds and promoting aging well.






Latin@s en Toronto is an organization focused on the empowerment, active participation and enhancing of the quality of life of the most vulnerable sectors of society, among them older adults.  We developed recently three projects geared to and developed by seniors (Let’s connect, Lets’talk and Sharing our lives / Empowering ourselves). These projects, different in their objectives had in common two esential characteristics: 1) The intensive use of breakthrough technologies applied in different communication tools in order to reach larger audiences, with a special focus on seniors with mobility impairments or who live in isolated areas. 2) The partnerships developed, which include the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the UofT, organizations representing the most different sectors of our community,  and health services such as the Alzheimer Society. These partnerships have made it possible crucial achievements: a) Actual interaction and dialogue between older adults and youngsters, b) Real participation of people of different backgrounds and c) The implementation of a wide range of themes relevant for seniors, addressed with the seriousness and quality they deserve by experts in their fields.




Our own experience and the educational experience of the institutions and organizations that collaborate with us, provide clear evidence of the following:


1) In a society characterised by population aging, life-long learning programs for older adults are not only highly beneficial for them, but are also formidable tools for family cohesion and community capacity building.

2) A growing number of older adults are eager to contribute with their knowledge and expertises to identify and experiment new ways to connect with -and teach and learn from- others, bluring the boundaries between being "active" and "retired".

3) Interculturality is an imperative of our times and implies evolving, growing and innovative relations between cultural groups.


Taking into account all the above-mentioned points, and considering the geographic, historical, cultural and linguistic bonds between the Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities, Latin@s en Toronto has designed Bridging Communities with the following features.



To make possible share knowledge, experiences, expertises and dreams on older adults issues within an intercultural, participative and innovative framework, engaging the Spanish and Portuguese communities in a collaborative endeavour.




1) The consolidation of the experience and the expertice gained in adult learning and e-learning as well as in intergenerational dialogue by Latin@s en Toronto and its partners within the Spanish speaking community.

2) The intensification of the use of communication tools which will continue being active long after the completion of the project.

3) The expansion of the scope of the project by reaching out the Portuguese speaking community, building bridges between seniors who face similar challenges, experience similar needs, deserves to enjoy active lives and share cultural mores.

4) The harnessing of synergies among organizations and institutions of both communities towards the contribution, participation and inclusion of older adults in the social fabric.







Similar languages - sister identities / Active and successful ageing / Aging population and feminization of ageing / Language, inclusion and Human Rights, / Physical and mental disabilities associated with ageing / Elder abuse  (perspectives and challenges)

Each topic will be addressed from a gender equality and human rights perspective.




As it is shown in the attached documents quantitative and qualitative research will be conducted during and after the completion of the project in order to evaluate expected accomplishments and the satisfaction at the individual and organizational level. An Advisory Committee integrated with representatives of the partner organizations will be in charge of the implementation and the analysis of the evaluation tools.




2/15/2018-3/31/2018 - Preparation tasks (contents, evaluation criteria, web page set-up.)

4/1/2018-1/31/2019 – On-site and on-line presentations, e-newsletters, uploads and evaluations. Calendar release).

02/01/2019-31/03/2019 - Final evaluation. Forum on self-sustainability of Bridging Communities after its completion.




On-line tools will reach Spanish and Portugese speaking communities of the GTA and several localities of Ontario.

On-site presentations will be held at the Northrop Frye Hall and the Jackman Humanities Building (UofT), accessible for people with disabilities.




Latin@s en Toronto considers strategic partnerships between different stakeholders as essential tools to ensure efficiency and the optimum use of resources. Bridging Communities includes as partners:

-Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies Program (UofT). Contribution: facilities and pedagogical advice.

-Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC). Public relations and press





Since our incorporation as a not-for-profit organization in 2015 we have been awarded with funds from: the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the New Horizons for Seniors Program, WoodGreen-LHIN and the Alzheimer Society.

We are committed to the continuous improvement of our activities by developing cross-sectoral partnerships to ensure the optimal and meaningful utilization of resources and by establishing clear and results-oriented objectives.




The structure of our organization follows the standards of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. The governance is based on the General Assembly of members which annually elects a Board of Directors- The financial transparency is assured through an external review committee.

We have anti-discrimination and anti-racism policies in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.



No specific risks were identified for this project.