KAMLOOPS, BC, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Kamloops seniors will soon have new
opportunities to provide mentorship and teach practical skills to young
families, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors),
announced today. The Interior Community Services organization is
receiving $25,000 in federal funding for its We Can Together project through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
The aim of this intergenerational project is to recruit seniors who will
volunteer to teach food preservation practices to young families.
Instruction will be offered through workshops. This provides seniors
the opportunity to make new connections in their community while
helping young people acquire the practical skill of canning, which can
be passed on to future generations. Approximately 100 seniors are
expected to benefit from this project.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. These projects
were approved through the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2013-2014
Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects. 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 has recently increased funding for the NHSP by
$5 million per year. This is in addition to the $45 million the
Government already provides to this program annually.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada. NHSP funding supports projects that focus on
issues like elder abuse, social isolation and intergenerational
Minister Wong launched the NHSP 2014-2015 Call for Proposals for
Community-Based Projects on May 13, 2014. Through this call for
proposals, which is now closed, organizations may receive up to $25,000
in grant funding for projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
"Our government is proud to work with organizations like Interior
Community Services, whose canning workshop, taught by seniors, will
help future generations acquire a new skill. This project exemplifies a
win-win situation for Kamloops residents as well as seniors, who will
participate in a hands-on activity that benefits them and young
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"The well-being of Canadian seniors is a priority for our government. We
demonstrate our support through community initiatives like this one,
funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program. I am happy to be
sharing this good news for seniors in our community today."
- Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops- Thompson- Cariboo
"Interior Community Services is thrilled to offer the We Can Together
project to the community of Kamloops. This project, funded in part by
the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, brings
seniors and young families together to learn the art of food
preservation. Both families and seniors new to canning have gained
practical skills from elders in the community, while seniors with years
of canning experience have been able to pass down their knowledge."
- Jane Haywood-Farmer, Program Coordinator of Baby's Head Start
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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