David Wilks, MP
Seniors across the Kootenay Columbia will soon have new opportunities to volunteer, mentor younger generations and help raise awareness of elder abuse thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
“Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy,” said Wilks. “Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.” Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $35.6 million in funding for almost 2,000 community projects. Fourteen organizations in Kootenay Columbia will receive $271,370 for their projects.
City of Cranbrook Generations Garden Project 40
$ 24,700 The organization will purchase two garden benches and plants to promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations by pairing seniors with children to create flower and vegetable gardens.
Golden Secondary School Arts for Aboriginal Elders and Teens
$ 23,334 Elders involved with the school will share their cultural knowledge and skills by mentoring teens in the arts of bead, moccasin, drum making and clay work while co-learning the Cree language.
Lilac Terrace Supporting Participation Among Our Seniors
$ 25,000 The organization will replace furniture so they can continue to support social participation and inclusion of seniors in activities including meals, arts & crafts, and games.
Nakusp Senior Citizens Association of BC Br.#71
$ 15,700 The Association will renovate their entrances to improve safety and support social participation and inclusion of seniors by continuing meal, game, quilting, and yoga activities.
Sparwood Old Age Pensioners Society Sparwood Seniors Independence Program
$ 25,000 The organization will install storage cabinets to promote volunteerism among seniors by implementing outreach, elder abuse workshops, and special events activities.
Radium Hot Springs Seniors Club Carpet Bowling Upgrade
$ 4,600 The club will replace carpets and purchase a pickle ball game to continue to support social participation and inclusion of seniors with activities such as carpet bowling and pickle ball.
Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook Growing Community
$ 25,000 The organization will engage seniors in the community through mentoring of others by recruiting senior volunteers to teach food preservation and share gardening techniques with others in the community.
Revelstoke Railway Museum Tourism Development with Senior Volunteers
$ 10,200 Seniors involved with the museum will promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations through senior volunteer recruitment, training and management to engage visitors with real time interpreters and storytellers.
College of the Rockies – Golden Campus An Art Spot for Seniors
$ 25,000 The organization will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors in art education by providing learning opportunities through the creative process with local artisans mentoring seniors.
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy Elk Valley Seniors’ Computers
$ 9,936 The organization will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing computer training to aid seniors in developing the knowledge and skills to safely use online tools.
Golden Seniors Timber Frame Canopy
$ 25,000 The society will build a canopy to allow safer access to the Centre to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by holding activities such as ballroom dancing and ethnic cooking.
Creston & District Community Resource Center Promoting Productive Seniors (Seniors Helping Seniors) $25,000 The society will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by visiting of shut-in seniors by seniors and regular phone calls by seniors to seniors.
BC Seniors Association Branch 103 Hall Kitchen Range Replacement Yahk
$ 7,900 The organization will replace the kitchen range to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors through preparation of a weekly shared lunch and friendship circle.
City of Kimberley Renovation of Centennial Hall Floor
$ 25,000 The organization will replace the flooring to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by continuing their activities of carpet bowling, bingo, card games, meetings and celebrations.