Hon. Mark Eyking, P.C., M.P.
April 28th, 2016
For Immediate Release
Seniors in Sydney-Victoria have the opportunity to participate in a new project benefiting many in their community
April 28th 2016 Sydney, Nova Scotia Employment and Social Development Canada
Organizations in Sydney-Victoria supporting seniors activities will receive financial support from the Federal Governemnt to make it esier for seniors to take part in social activities and to help their organizations acquire or replace equipment and conduct facility renovations that will help to get their project off the ground, today announced Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.
Cape Breton Regional Library, Menelik Hall Association, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128, St Patrick’s Hall Committee, St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society, Steel Workers and Sydney Pensioners Club, and Whitney Pier Society for the Arts are receiving a combined total of $120,933 for their projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). These projects will help many Canadians in Sydney-Victoria.
Cape Breton Regional Library – $22,325
Our Community in Stories – Seniors Storytelling
– Seniors involved with the organization will participate in a series storytelling sessions from which specific stories will be included in a book and video and shared with the community.
Menelik Hall Association – $13,548
– The organization will install three heat pumps to provide a warm and healthy environment which will allow seniors to continue to participate in senior luncheons, socials, and meetings at the hall.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128 – $25,000
– The organization will purchase and install five heat pumps to improve warmth and air quality to allow senior information session activities and breakfasts to continue in a comfortable environment.
St Patrick’s Hall Committee – $25,000
Installation of GeoComfort Heat Pump
– The organization will install a new GeoComfort heat pump in order for activities for seniors to continue, such as meetings, dinners and information and education sessions.
St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society – $17,595
Sharing the Kitchen: Seniors and Chefs
– The organization will offer cooking classes to assist rural seniors learn about nutrition as it relates to low-income seniors living in remote rural areas with limited access to transportation.
Steel Workers and Sydney Pensioners Club – $10,603
Security System and Updated Entry
– The organization will update the security system and install new front and rear entrances to allow seniors to continue to offer activities such as bingo, in-services and card games.
Whitney Pier Society for the Arts – $6,862
Never Too Old To Learn About Diversity
– The organization will provide information sessions to seniors on the various cultures and religions in the community, which will allow the seniors to bridge the gap in their knowledge of these groups.
• The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals.
• Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in NHSP funding for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
• Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 17,800 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of more than $360 million.
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, our government helps provide seniors with unique opportunities to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others in their community. Initiatives such as this highlight our commitment to the wellbeing of seniors and strengthen the fabric of our society through partnerships.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“Our government is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like this one so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
– Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria.
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