(KENORA) February 20, 2018 – Today, the Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced $205,173 for nine New Horizons for Seniors Program projects throughout the riding.
“Seniors are key members of our communities who carry with them invaluable knowledge and experiences,” stated Nault. “I am pleased that the Government of Canada is dedicated to expanding opportunities for seniors to be involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap into their collective resources and experiences.”
The New Horizons for Seniors Program promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging them to play an active role in their communities. This innovative program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills, and experience with others.
The list of organizations and communities receiving funding of up to $25,000 includes The Dryden Mission, Vermilion Bay Lions Club, The Local Services Board of Wabigoon, Machin Municipal Housing Corporation, Ignace Silver Tops Seniors Centre, Equay-Wuk Women’s Group, Bimose Tribal Council Inc., Sachigo Lake, and the Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining Ojibway Nation.
“This funding will be used to teach computer technology skills, repair facilities that house social activities for seniors, build a greenhouse, and allow elders to pass along their knowledge to youth,” concluded Nault. “Seniors are active, contributing members of our communities who can easily and willingly pass on their knowledge and experience to youth when given the opportunity.”
· These nine projects were approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.
· Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
· Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
· The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
· Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
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