For Immediate Release
JANUARY 24, 2018
Seniors in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam participate in new projects benefiting many in our community
Port Coquitlam – Seniors in Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam who are looking for the opportunity to benefit their community are receiving financial support to get their projects off the ground; projects range from reducing social isolation of their peers, taking part in social and physical activities, mentoring younger generations, acquiring and replacing equipment, and conducting facility renovations. Ron McKinnon, Member of Parliament for Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam, announced the funding today on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors 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.
Five organizations in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam are receiving $123,774 for their projects funded through the NHSP. Project details are below.
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed. We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members. – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“There is a large uptake this year in the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Last year, there was only one application in Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam and this year there were five. I am dedicated to expanding opportunities for our seniors to get involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap their collective resources and experiences.” Ron McKinnon, Member of Parliament for Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam
“Our Greyhound roots are in this community but our dreams touch the world! With provincial, national and indeed world track and field records, we are proud to be seniors motivating seniors right here in Coquitlam and grateful for this grant to help train and inspire others!” – David Walker, Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club
“Our recent support of $24,883 means our project of providing workshops and programs for seniors in community engagement, volunteerism, and involvement, with the goal to reduce social isolation and loneliness faced by aged persons, will now be able to proceed. As we know, the more risk factors seniors face, the more likely they are to be isolated. We will now be able to address these risk factors, in workshops to be held at RJ Kent, enabling us to fulfill our main objective of supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors. We are very thankful that due to receiving this grant from the New Horizons Seniors Grant Program, our project will now be able to reach out to our community’s seniors and to work together to relieve conditions attributable to being aged and to work towards the goals of alleviating social isolation, depression and inactivity of Tri-Cities Seniors.” – Marg Gordon, RJ Kent Housing Society
“The Tricity Iranian Cultural Society thanks Ron McKinnon for his efforts in promoting the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Our Seniors’ Building Bridge Project is important for the physical and mental health of our seniors through fitness classes, workshops and promotes social inclusion of seniors.” – Parvin Fatemi, Tricity Iranian Cultural Society
“Hawthorne Seniors Care Community is delighted to have been awarded a New Horizons for Seniors Grant by the Government of Canada. This grant will make it possible for our organization to reach out to seniors in our community to offer an innovative program called the “Bodies, Brains and Brunch Club”. The program will focus on exercise, socialization and nutrition to support healthy living.” – Lenore Pickering, Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
“This project results from requests from our seniors group to enable them to participate in the Legion’s programs and services in a facility that provides them with a safe, accessible entrance way in order to address their mobility needs. Many of our seniors utilize walkers, scooters and wheelchairs and the present door entranceway seriously impedes their ability to enter the facility. The benefits of said improvements will eliminate mobility barriers to our members and the senior population in general and encourage more seniors and their families to access the Legion and their inclusive social programs. The availability of a place for seniors to meet, network, socialize and share their days together, helps this community immensely with curtailing the issue of isolation in our senior population. We are very thankful that due to receiving this grant from the New Horizons Grant for Seniors Program, our organization will be opening our doors to expanded target groups of seniors with mobility issues.” – Bev Moudatsos, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133
- These projects were funded 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.
|Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club||Excellence and Wellbeing Through Seniors Track and Field||The organization will update their website and purchase equipment to provide learning opportunities tailored to meet senior needs who wish to engage in track and field for health and well-being.||$24,500|
|RJ Kent Housing Society||Alleviating Seniors Isolation||The organization will purchase tables, chairs, computer and printer to allow seniors to present and participate in workshops on aging, mental health, exercise, finances, and health issues.||$24,883|
|Tricity Iranian Cultural Society||Seniors’ Building Bridge Project||Seniors will arrange fitness classes, workshops, field trips, and intergenerational activities to promote social inclusion of isolated seniors and encourage newcomer seniors to practice English.||$24,480|
|Hawthorne Seniors Care Community||Bodies, Brains and Brunch Club||The organization will install storage cabinets; replace roof tiles, purchase furniture and equipment to allow seniors to take part in activities such as fall prevention exercises and fitness education||$24,911|
|Royal Canadian Legion
|Opening Doors to the Community||The organization will renovate the Weston Room and front door entry for accessibility, as well as purchase a new glasswasher, to allow seniors to continue luncheons, quilting, and crib.||$25,000|
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For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Office of Ron McKinnon, MP