Canada's New Government Supports Senior Rural Women in Nova Scotia



    LUNENBURG, NS, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable
Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Gerald
Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), today announced
funding of $110,255 to the Second Story Women's Centre for training workshops.
These workshops regarding the Canadian pension system will be provided to
senior women in five regions of Nova Scotia.
    "These concrete actions are making a difference in the lives of senior
women by ensuring their knowledge and understanding of the pension system in
Canada and informing them of the means of access", said Minister Oda.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to support this initiative which is
taking concrete actions to directly help Canadian seniors," Gerald Keddy said.
"This project will help address the economic security of senior women from
diverse backgrounds living in rural Nova Scotia.
    "These trainers will fan out across five regions of the province to
increase awareness and knowledge, particularly amongst senior rural women, of
the Canadian pension system and available resources", said Beckie Guest,
Acting Executive Director of the Second Story Women's Centre. "Further
benefits of the workshops will see increased access to entitlements by these
women and an increase in effective planning by young rural women to ensure
economic security in their senior years."
    The Second Story Women's Centre works to enhance women's lives by
providing services and education designed to promote personal growth,
community awareness, and social change. The Centre is involved within the
social and economic support network of the community. They work with women in
their community to identify problems and mobilize skills and resources to
develop a response to an issue through workshops, crisis intervention and
outreach.

    This funding support is provided through the Women's Program of Status of
Women Canada. This is among the first of a number of grants to be provided by
Canada's New Government under the renewed Women's Program at Status of Women
Canada. Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to
promote the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural
life of Canada.

    For more information, visit the website at http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.




For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, (819) 997-7788;
Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada
website: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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