About Us

About Us

Our Mission

“Our mission is to bridge and enrich the generations by fostering intergenerational understanding, communication and cooperation between the generations.”

Our Purpose

Volunteer Grandparents is dedicated to the fulfillment and well-being of individual lives with the facilitation of intergenerational connections. We envision the betterment of society and the sustaining of healthy communities through the intergenerational bonds that we help to create. Click here to learn more about our purpose.

Our History

Volunteer Grandparents Society was founded in 1973 by Marjorie Anderson, nee Walters, who was a social worker in Vancouver, British Columbia. While manning the phone lines in the Vancouver Crisis Centre, she received calls from numbers of families and elderly people who were without the benefits of extended family. With this in mind, she set out to establish a voluntary grandparenting program. Click here to learn more about our history.

Our Philosophy

Intergenerational connections are often overlooked, but they are essential for healthy communities. Many children do not have contact with their natural grandparents or older family members, while intergenerational connections can be equally beneficial for older adults. The philosophy of Volunteer Grandparents is to help build stronger communities through the facilitation of intergenerational connections. Click here to learn more about our philosophy.

Volunteer Grandparents’ Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)

Volunteer Grandparents commits to advance a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our staff and volunteers to better represent and serve the needs of our communities.