WINNIPEG, June 14, 2013 /CNW/
Seniors in Manitoba will benefit from over $104,000 in federal funding which will facilitate physical and recreational activities, increase seniors' social participation and raise awareness of seniors' issues.
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister Responsible for Manitoba and Member of Parliament for Provencher, made the announcement today at the Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
"The Government of Canada recognizes the important role that seniors have played in building our great country," said Minister Toews. "We're helping to ensure that seniors remain active in their communities and can continue to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience."
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club is receiving $17,500 to offer computer lessons, organize social outings and set up a reading program bringing together seniors and elementary school students. The NHSP is also supporting five other seniors' organizations based in Winnipeg.
"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support and funding," said Alice Steinke, President of the Brooklands Pioneer Senior Citizens Club Inc. "This funding will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing a reading program between seniors and students, computer courses and planned outings."
The NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The Government of Canada is investing more than $33 million in support of over 1 750 projects that will lead to programs and activities for seniors across Canada.
The 2013-2014 Call for Proposals for community-based projects was launched on May 22, 2013. For more information, visit hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.