Nicole Ouellet

Retiree since January 1, 2020

72 years

Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ?

I believe that society should favor aging with respect to all generations.

Share an image you find inspiring about aging

I will send in another email a picture of the front page of a compilation of ideas titled Un quartier pour les générations. (A Neighbourhood for Generations).

From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.

In January 2018, when I was the executive director of the Berthiaume-Du Tremblay Foundation, we organized a co-design workshop about the development of the concept for the Quartier des générations project. This workshop gathered 50 people representing different age groups and coming from different backgrounds: elderly people part of the organisation and the neighbourhood, citizens, professionals, students, university professors, researchers, managers, volunteers. This activity was very meaningful to me because during the whole day I witnessed the participants’ great enthusiasm and dynamism through ideas exchanged to envision this neighbourhood of the future. A neighbourhood in which relationships stretching over generations are made possible. We achieved the objective of this co-design workshop and it resulted in many new ideas. It was a genuine source of inspiration for us and most of all, a validation of the desire to live together naturally and simply as a society.

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