Government of Canada supports Southwest Nova Scotia women's organizations

    YARMOUTH, NS, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Girls and women of all ages in the
Yarmouth area and throughout Southwest Nova Scotia will be better able to
ensure their security and adapt to change, thanks to support from the
Government of Canada.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie,
Mr. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's, today
announced funding to three organizations for projects that will benefit women
in Yarmouth and throughout Southwest Nova Scotia.
    The three organizations will receive a total of $294,188 in funding from
the Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.
This Fund supports eligible organizations in carrying out projects at the
local, regional and national level. To qualify, the initiatives must work
toward the equality and full participation of women in the economic, social
and democratic life of Canada.
    "Our Government believes every girl and woman in Canada is entitled to
the chance to explore her potential," said Minister Verner. "By supporting
grass-roots violence prevention programs, assisting senior women in
transition, and promoting women's economic independence, we are making a real
difference in the lives of Canadians."
    "These projects build confidence and self-esteem among the women of
Southwest Nova Scotia, and a sense of optimism in our communities," said
Mr. Keddy. "I am proud the Government of Canada is taking the opportunity to
work with local organizations, to learn from them, and to improve the quality
of life for Canadian girls and women, now and well into the future."
    The following three organizations will receive funding:

    - The Jane Hurshman Memorial Fund (Jane's Fund) will receive $116,381 for
      its project entitled Supporting Rural Senior Women's Well-being while
      in Transition to Supportive and/or Assisted Care.
    - Women for Community Economic Development in Southwest Nova will receive
      $94,547 for its project entitled Money Management for Women: A Gateway
      to Economic Independence.
    - The Tri-County Women's Centre will receive $83,260 for its project
      entitled Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in South West Nova:
      Reducing the Harm / Reducing the Violence.

    "This new funding will directly assist 60 rural senior women either in or
approaching the transition from independent to supported or assisted care,"
said Ms. Stephanie Hunter, Chair of the Jane Hurshman Memorial Fund (Jane's
Fund). "By discussing with participants their needs, rights and entitlements,
this 18-month project will promote psychological well-being as well as support
self-determination during the transition process. The project will also
involve family and caregivers in the Tri-County and Annapolis regions of Nova
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of

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For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and
Minister for La Francophonie, (819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director
General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to

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