Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From Roxana Martinez: Hello from Singapore!

GU's Program & Technology Coordinator Roxana Martinez is blogging from the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP) conference in Singapore:

Greetings from Singapore! After a very long flight that included a stop in Tokyo, I made it. The first day of the conference has wrapped up and we're well into the second one. Day one was eventful with keynotes from members of the Singaporean government such as Minister GAN Kim Yong from the Ministry of Manpower, plenary sessions, and the Opening Dinner and the Intergenerational Bonding Awards Ceremony -- not unlike GU's Awards Banquet during our bi-ennial conference.

One truly special highlight was the dinner entertainment. It was a musical group that included a young girl of about age 8 who started a lovely and modern rendition of Pachelbel's Canon in D Major on the cello and ended with an older adult saxophone player. It brought tears to my eyes, though some of those I attribute to jetlag :-) Well, I'm off to my next session. Until next time.

Roxana Martinez

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