With support from the Government of Canada, the Coalhurst 55 Plus Society will be able to continue to deliver programs and activities for seniors. The Honourable Rick Casson, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, today announced federal support to the Coalhurst 55 Plus Society under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.
Mr. Casson made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).
"We are committed to improving the lives of seniors, and are proud to support local organizations that have the same goal," said Mr. Casson. "These projects bring new opportunities for seniors to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of the entire community."
The Coalhurst 55 Plus Society received $16,841 in Capital Assistance funding for its renovation project. Through this project, the Society will replace old kitchen countertops, install new flooring and update the electrical system, as well as purchase tables, chairs and entertainment equipment.
The Society will also receive $7,280 in Community Participation and Leadership funding to hold a conference that is geared toward reaching seniors in the area and encouraging them to become a member of a seniors group. The conference will also provide information on benefits and programs for seniors.
"Today's seniors know the importance of being active and staying involved in their communities," said Minister Finley. "The New Horizons for Seniors Program is just one example of how we are helping seniors make a positive difference in their own lives and in those of the people around them."
"We are honoured to receive these grants from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. We are a small club, and the Capital Assistance funding will help us to make our club room more friendly and safe," said Mr. John Coombes, Past President of the Coalhurst 55 Plus Society.
These projects are funded under the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Earlier this year, 626 projects were approved through the 2009-2010 call for proposals, providing more than $8.5 million in funding through the Capital Assistance funding stream. More recently, 797 projects were approved through the 2010-2011 Community Participation and Leadership call for proposals, providing over $15.9 million in funding.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 7 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100 000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.
For more information about the Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.