VANCOUVER, June 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Seniors in Vancouver will soon have new
opportunities to get involved in their community, the Honourable
Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced today. The Vancouver
Seniors' Singing Club Association is receiving over $23,000 through the
New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for its Cantonese Opera Troupe
for Seniors. An estimated 800 Canadians in the area will benefit from
Local seniors will be recruited and trained by the Vancouver Seniors'
Singing Club Association to manage and perform in the Cantonese Opera
Troupe for Seniors. The project will encourage seniors to forge new
connections in their community and take on roles as volunteers,
mentors, performers, musicians, technicians and planners.
On May 13, 2014, Minister Wong launched the NHSP 2014-2015 Call for
Proposals for Community-Based Projects. Organizations have until July
4, 2014, to apply for up to $25,000 in grant funding for projects led
or inspired by seniors making a difference in their communities. Visit www.esdc.gc.ca/seniors for more information.
Cantonese opera, which has its roots in the 13th century, is a unique blend of singing, music, acrobatics, martial arts
and acting. Vancouver is home to one of the world's largest and most
active Cantonese opera communities outside of Asia.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects approved through the NHSP
2013-2014 call for proposals. NHSP-funded projects help ensure that
seniors maintain a good quality of life and are able to be active,
participating members of their communities.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for
the NHSP to support projects that benefit seniors. This is in addition
to the $45 million the Government already provides to this program
"Our government is proud to work with the Vancouver Seniors' Singing
Club Association to support a new cultural initiative for the senior's
Cantonese Opera Troupe. This intergenerational project helps to ensure
seniors remain active and productive members of their community through
the arts by performing with this city's youth.."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"Our organization's Cantonese Opera Troupe for Seniors project is
supported by New Horizons for Seniors Program funding. The troupe is
inspired and led by seniors and encourages their pursuit of artistic
and cultural achievements. The program also gives seniors an
opportunity to share their operatic knowledge with others, or receive
training so they can learn to sing and play Cantonese opera on the
stage to entertain large groups of seniors. The troupe is the very
first one established in Vancouver for seniors to pursue this
traditional Chinese art form."
- Eric Szeto, President of the Vancouver Seniors' Singing Club Association
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and
contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors
who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share
their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
NHSP funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian
projects and pilot projects that focus on issues such as social
isolation and intergenerational learning.
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors
and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering,
mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and
capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to
$25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves
from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud. These projects
help community members recognize elder abuse in all its forms and
improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Projects
focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can
be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada. These
projects may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year for a
maximum of three years.
Pilot project funding provides support to help address seniors'
isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources
and initiating community interventions. It also supports
intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new
interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These
pilot projects are eligible to receive up to $100,000 in federal
funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding
from other sources.
For more information on the NHSP, visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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