February 14th, 2019 Hampton, NB Employment and Social Development Canada
Seniors have continued to contribute so much to our communities, however ensuring they remain active in community events can be a challenge. In Fundy Royal, many organizations are dedicated to creating opportunity for seniors to be involved. Ensuring they have the proper equipment to continue their programming is essential to maintain their engagement, enable them to socialize with others, and strengthen our communities.
The Hampton Senior Resource Centre has hosted their senior lunches in Hampton for many years. Thanks to the hard work of their broad members and volunteers, seniors have the opportunity to organize, cater, and facilitate the community lunch for other seniors. However, the long preparation time to cater these meals was limiting their seniors’ involvement in the process.
The Hampton Senior Resource Centre 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 Hampton Senior Resource Centre received $19,915 for their project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Hampton Senior Resource Centre has used the funding for facility upgrades including a new stove and kitchen equipment to allow seniors to continue to offer weekly lunches to other seniors, as well as introduce new monthly workshops. The improved efficiency of the equipment has reduced the preparation time required for the weekly meal. Now, they are able to host their senior’s events with less hours of physically demanding preparation work. Which now has allowed seniors to fully participate in the preparation of the events, and more time to enjoy the company of others.
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. In 2018, the NHSP has provided more than $123,000 to organizations in Fundy Royal.
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
“The Hampton Senior Resource Centre offers seniors the perfect opportunity to socialize, share skills, and give back to their community. I have seen the impact of the investments made through the New Horizons Seniors Program. The upgrades they have made to their kitchen facility will allow them to host weekly lunches and dinners well into the future.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“The Hampton Senior Resource Center is pleased to have benefitted from the New Horizons Grants from Employment and Social Development Canada. The support we have received has gone towards keeping seniors in our community engaged in a wide variety of programs such as our Wellness programs and our popular Seniors Music and Luncheon every Thursday, which attracts seniors from many surrounding communities. New kitchen equipment has helped our seniors with the weekly preparations of our luncheons. Our activities and center play a vital role in our community and enhances the health and well-being of our seniors."Fred GallantChairperson, Hampton Senior Resource Centre
- 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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