Government of Canada invests in projects to support Manitoba seniors

WINNIPEG, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors in Manitoba will benefit from over $104,000 in federal funding which will facilitate physical and recreational activities, increase seniors' social participation and raise awareness of seniors' issues.

The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister Responsible for Manitoba and Member of Parliament for Provencher, made the announcement today at the Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

"The Government of Canada recognizes the important role that seniors have played in building our great country," said Minister Toews. "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 Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club is receiving $17,500 to offer computer lessons, organize social outings and set up a reading program bringing together seniors and elementary school students. The NHSP is also supporting five other seniors' organizations based in Winnipeg.

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support and funding," said Alice Steinke, President of the Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club Inc. "This funding will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing a reading program between seniors and students, computer courses and planned outings."

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 more than $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 was launched on May 22, 2013. For more information, visit hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.


backgrounder


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 hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

The following organizations are among those receiving funding as a result of the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2012-2013 Call for Proposals for community-based projects.

Organization
Name
Project Summary Funding Amount
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (C.N.I.B.) The organization will support social participation and inclusion of seniors by implementing new networks of volunteers and peer support programs to meet the growing demand of seniors who are blind or partially sighted in rural communities. $25,000
Creative Retirement Manitoba The organization will purchase projectors, computers, a television, and tables and chairs to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by offering a wider variety of classes, workshops and clubs. $11,329
Winnserv Inc. Seniors with intellectual disabilities and their aging caregivers will learn to discuss their concerns about growing older, access community based supports and find solutions to their issues. $10,930
A&O: Support Services for Older Adults Inc. The organization will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing programming and presentations (e.g. on elder abuse) to older adults living in Manitoba, including rural and remote communities. $19,750
Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club Inc. The organization will support social participation and inclusion of seniors by setting up a reading program between seniors and students, by offering computer lessons and by organizing outings. $17,500
Transportation Options Network for Seniors The organization will deliver training sessions to engage seniors through mentoring of others. $20,000

SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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Mark Wall
Director of Communications
Office of Minister of State (Seniors)
613-617-7993

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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559
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