3CA undertook the SSWF project between March 3rd and December 31st, 2017. The goals of the project were threefold:

  1. To empower the seniors by enabling them to lead bi-weekly open sessions where they have shared their wisdom with both the Somali community and other racialized Canadian communities and provided recommendations on how that wisdom could be applied to solving issues relevant to the happenings of their new country and or in their locale.
  2. To aid with social inclusion and remove the geographical isolation felt by the seniors by having allowed them to showcase their newly acquired computer technology skills whereby they have led the sessions to a Canada-wide audience once every three months.  
  3. To Celebrate with the wider community during the hot summer months (one session held in the July long weekend and one in the August long weekend) in a public conservation park where the Seniors have taken the lead in all the events from competitions to cultural storytelling to Dhaanto-Somali traditional dances that are much sought after.

Upon the successful conclusion of the SSWF project:

  1. 1030 total individuals directly and indirectly benefited from the implementation of the project.
  2. Overall 60 seniors have taken turns in leading the myriad activities that were undertaken throughout the project.
  3. Over 54 volunteers from the organization’s existing pool of volunteers helped with the successful implementation of the project. It is also expected that there will be volunteers that would come forward throughout the project stages.
  4. 19 Wisdom Friday sessions were held throughout the duration of the project.
  5. Two successful Online Wisdom Friday sessions were held for audience from all over Canada each with attendance capped at 150.
  6. Two summer barbeques celebrations held on the July and August summer long weekends which allowed the seniors to join and celebrate with their communities while also enjoying the good weather and the summer greenery.