MARKHAM, On, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors in Markham will benefit from more social opportunities and will learn new skills, thanks to support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), made the announcement today.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience seniors contribute to our society and the economy," said Minister of State Wong. "Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are taking action to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities."
The Chinese Moving Well Community Centre is receiving $25,000 to engage immigrant seniors in various social activities. After receiving training from the organization, senior volunteers will establish weekly activities, including a seniors' chorus, gardening and table tennis, for seniors in their community to take part in.
"With New Horizons for Seniors Program funding, our organization can now run a large project that helps senior participants connect with each other and enjoy their life in Canada much more than before," said William Han, Coordinator of the Chinese Moving Well Community Centre.
As part of Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to better protect seniors in a variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and health.
For more information, please visit www.seniors.gc.ca.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
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 their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences for the benefit of others. Since it began, the Program has funded more than 12 200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
NHSP funding is available for both pan-Canadian and community-based projects.
Pan-Canadian projects focus on developing or identifying tools, resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada to address elder abuse. They are eligible for up to $250,000 in funding per year, for up to three years.
Community-based project funding provides support for activities that are inspired or
led by seniors and address one or more of the program's five objectives. Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.
For more information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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