February 11th, 2019 Sussex, NB Employment and Social Development Canada
In Fundy Royal, countless organizations are working to improve the quality of life for seniors in their community. However, some face the challenge of having outdated facilities that impact their seniors’ programming. A challenge that MP Lockhart has heard from some community organizations in Fundy Royal.
The Sussex Wesleyan Church has been providing seniors in Sussex with programming, such as game nights, hot lunch programs, movie nights, and seminars. Thanks to the hard work of their volunteers, seniors have been enjoying meals, socializing, and benefiting from a warm community atmosphere. However, when it came time to renovate their kitchen to better meet the need in their community, the cost would be challenging for the not-for-profit organization.
The Sussex Wesleyan Church 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 Sussex Wesleyan Church received $15,675 for their project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The funding has allowed the Sussex Wesleyan Church to conduct renovations to upgrade their kitchen, which will help many seniors in the greater Sussex Area. Now, they have a fully commercial kitchen that can accommodate their many community events, including opportunities for seniors to interact with students attending the Sussex Christian School through their lunch programming. The improvements to their kitchen has not only improved their seniors programming, but also improved their reach to international students and increased their volunteer base.
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 Sussex Wesleyan Church for the incredible work they are doing for seniors in the greater Sussex Area. Their fantastic community events and senior programming are connecting generations and making sure our community is senior friendly.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“With the hard work and expertise of Kerry Allison, Doug Dewitt, several volunteers & businesses, we are very happy to have the new fully commercial kitchen project complete! The federal grant money that was given from the New Horizons for Seniors Program was used to facilitate the needs of our seniors group, Joy Ministries. Led by Debbie Graham, the kitchen has been and will be used to promote seniors mentoring, social participation, volunteerism, and various community projects and programs for seniors in our church and this community. Our hope is to begin ministries of lunch programs, holiday outreaches and partnerships with our seniors with other age groups to include our youth, children and Christian School. The opportunities are limitless in the coming years as this project brings together seniors and youth to better their quality of life and participation in the Sussex area."Jim AgrellPastor, Sussex Wesleyan Church
- 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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