In December of 2022, CBC’s Metro Morning host Ismaila Alfa spoke with senior program participant Joselyn to discuss her experience with the CompanionLink’s Call Program. David Kepes, our CEO, also joined them to talk about how the program works as well as his journey in working to found CompanionLink following the loss of his own grandparents.
TVO’s The Agenda
Loneliness isn’t just unpleasant. It’s also bad for your health and for social cohesion. What may have been a taboo topic prior to the pandemic is now higher on the list of social issues to solve. For some insight, in May 2023 TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin welcomed Pete Bombaci, founder and executive director of the not-for-profit GenWell Project, that aims to be a Canadian-led, global human connection movement; David Kepes, CEO of CompanionLink, a registered charity that connects isolated people, particularly seniors, with volunteers for social connection; Miriam Amdur, founder of the 52 Friends Project, which is on a mission to reduce the stigma around loneliness and prioritize friendship; and Steve Joordens, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
The holidays can be an especially lonely time for seniors, as many have lost loved ones or are isolated from their communities. Just when we should be at our most joyful and our most compassionate, too many seniors are left with no one to connect with. Just in time for Christmas 2023, CompanionLink CEO David Kepes and Companion Call Program participant Hyman Blajchman sat down with Global News to discuss how we can, and should, reach out to seniors in our communities around the holiday season.
Ontario Health Team (OHT) Halton Region
In October 2022, Connected Care Halton, the OHT serving Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville highlighted CompanionLink’s Call Program as well as our partnership with Nucleus Independent Living as a major community success story. Read more to learn about how the program has benefited seniors in the Halton area.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how essential it is to be connected with others, especially as we age. Maintaining social interactions is crucial for our health and wellbeing and helps to combat the impacts of loneliness. In October of 2022, Global Heroes spotlighted CompanionLink’s partnership with Nucleus Independent Living, a community service organization in the Halton / Mississauga Region to show how beneficial the program was for participants.
University of Toronto Re:Think
Dr. Franco Taverna, our Chief Innovation and Education Officer, and his work with both CompanionLink as well as with seniors in general was featured in the University of Toronto’s Re:Think, which highlights innovative and progressive new programs. Read more about how Dr. Taverna has been motivating young people to get involved with seniors in their community for more than 15 years
A proud alumni of both Queens University and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, our CEO David Kepes has been profiled by both universities for his work with CompanionLink. Click below to learn more about David’s journey in helping seniors, founding CompanionLink, and his vision for a world we are not afraid to age into: