Student Proposal for Intellectual Community & Engaged Scholarship (SPICES)

Published: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Congratulations to the Gilbrea Student group for their recent award of the SPICES grant!



Funding info:

Funder: McMaster University School of Graduate Studies

Grant: Student Proposal for Intellectual Community & Engaged Scholarship (SPICES) Grant


Project Summary: 

In our ever-growing technologically-mediated society, there is little formal communication between generations.  In 2010, the Humans of New York (HONY) began as a photography project with the goal of photographing 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and eventually creating a catalogue of the city’s inhabitants. Along the way Brandon Stanton, the creator of HONY, began interviewing his subjects including quotes and/or short stories from their lives alongside their portraits. Brandon then continued to distribute these stories and pictures through social media. HONY has made a great impact around the globe with its simplistic take on everyday life through the images of everyday people on the streets of New York. The images of everyday people on the streets of New York have provided a worldwide audience with a glimpse into the lives of strangers, thus giving rise to the ‘everyday human'. 

Following the model of Humans of New York, The Gilbrea Student Group proposed utilizing this medium to combat ageism by portraying older adults “as they are”. This project will hopefully lead to overcoming common age stereotypes including positive/negative binaries that impact the younger generation today regarding the ageing population. This project, Seniors of Canada: Hamilton will serve as an initial pilot project to establish the project, and form relationships with seniors in the metro-Hamilton area. We anticipate this project will provide an outlet for seniors to express themselves in a way that is genuine and free of judgment. It will also serve as a way for their voices to be heard by their community. This SPICES grant will support 3 key events/activities/steps to help us to launch the Seniors of Canada: Hamilton.


Team Members:

  • Jessica Pace ( Facilitator) 
  • Kelsey Harvey ( Social Coordinator) 
  • All current and future Members of the Gilbrea Student Group