New Horizons grants

Seniors across the Kootenay Columbia will soon have new opportunities to help raise awareness of elder abuse

  • May. 4, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Seniors across the Kootenay Columbia will soon have new opportunities to volunteer, mentor younger generations and help raise awareness of elder abuse thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia, said, “Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy.

“Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.”

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, 14 organizations in Kootenay Columbia will receive $271,370 for their projects, including Lilac Terrace in Sparwood that will receive $ 25,000. The organization will replace furniture so they can continue to support social participation and inclusion of seniors in activities including meals, arts and crafts, and games.

Sparwood Old Age Pensioners Society will also receive $25,000 to install storage cabinets to promote volunteerism among seniors by implementing outreach, elder abuse workshops, and special events activities.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy will receive $9,936 to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing computer training to aid seniors in developing the knowledge and skills to safely use online tools.