Government of Canada invests in projects to support Ontario seniors

VAUGHAN, ON, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors in Vaughan will benefit from over $230,000 in federal funding which will facilitate physical and recreational activities, increase seniors' social participation and raise awareness of elder abuse.

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, made the announcement today at the Maple Pioneer Italian Seniors Club on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister State (Seniors).

"The Government of Canada recognizes the important role that seniors have played in building our great country," said Minister Fantino. "We're helping to ensure that seniors remain active in their communities and can continue to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience."

Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Maple Pioneer Italian Seniors Club is receiving $25,000 to purchase a computer, offer lessons, host monthly dances and organize social outings for 600 local seniors. The NHSP is also supporting 11 other seniors' organizations in Vaughan.

The NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The Government of Canada is investing over $33 million in support of over 1 750 projects that will lead to programs and activities for seniors across Canada.

The 2013-2014 call for proposals for community-based projects will be launched on May 22, 2013. For more information, visit hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.


Backgrounder


The following organizations are receiving funding as a result of the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2012-2013 call for proposals.

Organization
Name
Project Summary Funding
Amount
Vitanova The seniors involved with the organization will engage other seniors in the community by mentoring them to prepare meals and record recipes. $25,000
Help Matters Inc. Seniors involved with the organization will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by offering conversational English classes. $25,000
Maple Italo Canadian
Seniors Bocce Club
The organization will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by performing musical acts for residents in retirement homes and organizing an intergenerational bocce tournament. $24,300
Iglesia Hispana del Nazareno Woodbridge The organization will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing the Seniors in Motion program to promote good health and active lifestyles. $20,342
Maple Pioneer
Italian Seniors Club
Seniors involved with the club will encourage social participation among other seniors by offering computer lessons, hosting monthly dances and organizing outings. $25,000
Seniors Association of
Vaughan Initiative
The organization will promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations by creating a website, providing computer lessons for seniors and organizing social events. $19,200
Ansley Grove
Bocce Club
The organization will purchase a tent and barbeque to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by offering an intergenerational bocce clinic and hosting the Membership Drive picnic. $13,000
Vellore Village Seniors'  Club The organization will purchase a bingo machine, fridge, dishwasher and chairs to support the social participation of seniors by continuing to offer bingo and card games, themed dances and picnic events. $22,064
West Woodbridge
Senior Club
The organization will purchase bingo equipment, an espresso machine, a refrigerator and barbeque to support the social participation of seniors by continuing to offer bingo, dances, and luncheons. $9,500
Rainbow Creek Bocciofila Club The organization will replace a table, chairs, a storage cabinet and storage lockers to support social participation and inclusion of seniors by continuing to offer bocce and related tournaments. $4,121
Vaughan Community
Health Centre
The organization will raise awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse, by organizing sessions and producing a DVD to educate seniors and younger generations. $24,100
Human
Endeavour
The organization will support the social participation and inclusion of frail seniors by engaging them in a physical and recreational wellness program. $24,841

 

SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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