Fed­eral Grants for se­niors an­nounced

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

On be­half of the Hon­ourable Jean-Yves Du­c­los, Min­is­ter of Fam­i­lies, Chil­dren and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for Comp­ton– Stanstead and Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie, is pleased to an­nounce that var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Estrie re­gion will re­ceive over $294,000 in grants to pro­mote the well-be­ing of se­niors.

This fund­ing is awarded un­der Em­ploy­ment and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Canada’s New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram. The pro­gram sup­ports projects that pro­mote vol­un­teerism and men­tor­ing, raise public aware­ness about elder abuse, en­cour­age so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion and pro­vide cap­i­tal as­sis­tance.

This year, 19 or­ga­ni­za­tions in Estrie will re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port un­der this pro­gram. The fund­ing will en­able them to en­gage se­niors in var­i­ous so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vide them with a safer liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment and im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity for peo­ple with re­duced mo­bil­ity, among other things. Or­ga­ni­za­tions se­lected and value of grant awarded: AFEAS de Notre-Dame-des-Bois: $13,800 As­so­ci­a­tion des re­traités de Ma­gog: $9,400 As­so­ci­a­tion québé­coise de défenses des droits et des per­son­nes re­traitées: $5,100 Élie Car­rier com­mu­nity cen­tre in Coat­i­cook: $25,000 Club de l’âge d’or de Stanstead: $3,199 Club de l’âge d’or de Chartierville: $3,500 Club de l’âge d’or de Lambton: $23,251 Club de l’âge d’or de Saint-Ro­main: $24,382 Club de l’âge d’or de Stornoway: $12,364 Saint-Joseph-des-Monts Par­ish (La Pa­trie): $5,000 FADOQ de Lac-Mé­gan­tic: $16,786 FADOQ St-Jean (Coat­i­cook): $1,985 Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Fron­tenac: $23,174 Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of La Pa­trie: $25,000 Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of North Hat­ley: $25,000 Of­fice mu­nic­i­pal d’habi­ta­tion de Sher­brooke: $16,400 Ser­covie (Sher­brooke): $24,198 Estrie Alzheimer So­ci­ety: $25,000 Table de con­cer­ta­tion des per­son­nes aînées of Le Granit RCM: $11,900

Min­is­ter Bibeau un­der­scored the out­stand­ing work of lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­port se­niors and help make com­mu­ni­ties stronger. “It’s im­por­tant for se­niors to be able to take part in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that meet their needs and put their ex­pe­ri­ence to good use. We are de­ter­mined to work with regional or­ga­ni­za­tions to im­prove se­niors’ qual­ity of life,” she said.

“Through the many com­mu­nity projects we fund each year, our govern­ment helps pro­vide se­niors with unique op­por­tu­ni­ties to use their skills, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to serve the other mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ties. Ini­tia­tives like these demon­strate our com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing se­niors’ well-be­ing and strength­en­ing Canada’s so­cial fab­ric through part­ner­ships,” com­mented the Hon­ourable Jean-Yves Du­c­los, Min­is­ter of Fam­i­lies, Chil­dren and So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

The next call for pro­pos­als for com­mu­nity projects un­der the New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram in 2016–2017 is sched­uled for this spring. Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in sub­mit­ting a project can visit the web­site www.canada.ca/se­niors for more in­for­ma­tion.

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