January 17th, 2019 Albert County, NB Employment and Social Development Canada
One challenge MP Lockhart has heard from seniors in Fundy Royal is preparing healthy meals for themselves, especially for single seniors.
The Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee (CCRC) saw the same problem for seniors in Albert County. They began their Lifelong Learning Program to help seniors gain valuable skills in the kitchen. Thanks to their hardwork seniors are engaging with community members, while learning how to prepare healthy meals for themselves. Skills that will enable them to stay in their homes longer.
The CCRC received financial support to continue the growth of their seniors’ programming, announced Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors.
The CCRC is receiving $9,000 for their project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The project will help many seniors in Albert County. The CCRC is using the funding for their lifelong learning programming, to have seniors more involved in the community through cooking classes and their new project of connecting seniors with the younger generation through the creation of interviews with digital technology.
The NHSP promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This innovative program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.
“The Government of Canada is helping seniors across the country stay engaged and active in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors program. This program enables seniors to use their experience and energy to improve the quality of life for their neighbors, and for themselves. Our Government knows that when seniors are a meaningful part of society and play active roles in their communities, everyone benefits.”The Honourable Filomena TassiMinister of Seniors
“I would like to congratulate the CCRC for the incredible work they are doing for seniors in Albert County. They are taking a proactive approach to provide seniors with the skills they need and connecting them with the younger generation. This is not always easy in rural communities. I am pleased that the Federal Government is supporting seniors with programs like this, as well as strengthening CPP, OAS, and GIS programs.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“The funding from New Horizons has helped the CCRC to create a healthier social environment by providing an opportunity to connect and communicate over cooking delicious food, a tradition in Albert County. Seniors and others interact in a positive way and take home food for the coming days. As well, our seniors who are such a valuable resource for the younger generation are being interviewed by grade 5 students. Seniors are also learning more about Microsoft Excel and Word programs this term, taught by professionals. We appreciate this funding which helps us bring seniors and others together -networking and enjoying each other`s wealth of information and experiences."Barbara PorterChair of the Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee
- This project was approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.
- Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
- Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
- The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
- Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
- Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based Projects
- Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Pan-Canadian Projects
- New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging Seniors, Strengthening Communities
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