Seniors across the nation will soon have new opportunities to volunteer, mentor younger generations and help raise awareness of elder abuse thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North announced funding in Vancouver Island North on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
“Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy,” Duncan said. “Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.”
Thirteen organizations in Vancouver Island North will receive $221,169 for their projects. Four of them are from the Campbell River area. They are:
Museum at Campbell River -Local History on the Road will receive $10,264 to support social participation and inclusion of seniors by conducting oral history interviews from community seniors and develop historical talks.
Campbell River and District Adult Care Society -Kitchen Upgrade and Renovations. The society will receive $9,000 to replace the dishwasher and counter tops allowing the society to continue to offer lunch, exercise, music, and day tour activities to support social participation and inclusion of seniors.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 154 Quadra Island -Legion Building Renovations. The Branch will receive $25,000 to conduct renovations and repairs so they are able to continue to offer a variety of activities to support social participation and inclusion of seniors.
Campbell River Head Injury Support Society -Have Wheels Will Travel will receive $25,000 and will support social participation and inclusion of seniors by purchasing a vehicle which will be used to provide transportation to community events.
Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $35.6 million in funding for almost 2,000 community projects.