(Left – Right): Ruth Kelusky, Libby Davy, Karla Thompson, Marjorie Wilson, Mike, Paul Jenkins, Mary Kavanagh
Bancroft, ON—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.
North Hastings area seniors will receive federal financial support for three projects, announced Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The Mayo Recreation Committee and Little Mississippi Seniors Club, through the Township of Carlow/Mayo, will receive $19,858 for renovations to the community kitchen cupboards to allow seniors to continue to make use of the facility for dinner, dances, and ongoing social events.
The Senior Players at the Playhouse, through Hospice North Hastings, will receive $17,610 to get seniors involved in taking new theatre classes and to plan a theatrical show for the community.
The Town of Bancroft will receive $15,802 toward the creation and publication, by seniors, of a cookbook of historical Indigenous recipes and to attend family luncheons to support seniors’ engagement in the community.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program 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.
“This funding program for seniors has such a big impact in rural ridings like ours that have aging populations. I’m proud to see that the Government of Canada is dedicated to expanding opportunities for Canadian seniors to get involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap their collective resources and experiences. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based projects so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“The Township of Carlow/Mayo is pleased to announce it has received a $19,858 grant from the New Horizon for Seniors Program. These funds will assist in providing a kitchen upgrade and renovation at the Mayo Community Centre located in McArthurs Mills. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the New Horizon for Seniors Program for their support of this project. The Mayo Community Centre is used by many Seniors in our community and is also the home of the Little Mississippi Seniors Club. This funding will enable us to continue to provide programs and services to residents of all ages in our municipality.”
– Bonnie Adams, Reeve of the Township of Carlow/Mayo
“We are honoured to receive this support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. We have missed local theatre here in Bancroft and we are excited to provide this opportunity for older adults to follow a dream, to take a risk and to be on stage for the very first time. This is a great opportunity to try something new in a supportive learning environment where relationships will be built and new abilities and talents discovered. From writing to costume design, technical production and acting, there are so many different new roles for people to explore. We know our theatre will benefit from the shows this group will put on and we’re eager to watch mentorship opportunities flourish. This is just one more example of how we can provide caring through culture.”
– Heather Brough, Coordinator, Hospice North Hastings.
“The Bancroft Museum has undertaken a project to collect stories and chronicle the important role that Indigenous and pioneer women have played in the development of the North Hastings area. The result of this project will be the publication of a book outlining the significant accomplishments of these women. The Town of Bancroft would like to congratulate the Museum volunteers for this important historical acknowledgement. We would also like to thank the Government of Canada and our M.P. Mike Bossio for their financial support through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.”
– Paul Jenkins, Mayor of the Town of Bancroft
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed. We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
- 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.