More than $855,000 for Estrie seniors
Last Friday, the Minister responsible for Seniors and for the Laval region, Francine Charbonneau, accompanied by the Minister responsible for the Estrie region and the Sherbrooke MNA, Luc Fortin, announced a total investment of $856,739 to put in place several initiatives aimed at improving the living conditions of seniors in the Estrie region.
The aid comes within the framework of the Quebec ami des ainés (QADA) program, the ITMAV program, the Municipalité amie des ainés (MADA) program, and the PIQM-MADA program, and to support the intergenerational activities of the Maisons des Grand-Parents. The projects follow the action plan of the policy Vieillir et vivre ensemble, chez soi, dans sa communauté, au Quebec 2012-2017.
“This policy, the first of its kind in Quebec, was launched in the spring of 2012. It has inspired the direction of the World Health Organization and covers three main themes: the participation of seniors; the health of seniors; and the safety of seniors. The projects that we are announcing today come from beacon projects that, each in their own way, favour these objectives by putting in place concrete conditions to help our seniors blossom,” commented Minister Charbonneau.
The announced investment includes an amount of $521,189 to deploy five new projects in the QADA program: CAB Valcourt, $ 92,623; DIRA Estrie, $142,315; Le Vent dans les Arts Lawrenceville, $99,693; Maison des Grands-Parents Sherbrooke, $65,892; Table regionale de concertation des aines de l’Estrie, $120,666.
A supplementary amount of $45,000 was accorded to the Maison des GrandsParents de Sherbrooke to support the consolidation of their intergenerational activities. “I am happy that the Maison des GrandsParents de Sherbrooke can contribute in such a big way to the vigour of our community life,” declared Minister Fortin.
An amount of $135,000 will be to maintain or implant three initiatives for community work regarding seniors living in vulnerable situations (ITMAV). “These initiatives directly favour the quality of life of seniors. Their strength rests directly on well-rooted community organizations who respond to their needs. These programs support different projects that allow these people to stay in their homes, in their communities, in healthy environments, safe and accommodating,” said the deputy of Saint-Francois, Guy Hardy.
An amount of $55,550 will allow the municipalities of Magog, North Hatley, Orford Township and Piopolis to implant policies and action plans to adapt to the aging of their populations. The City of Sherbrooke will receive $100,000 for PIQMMADA projects.
“I’m happy to see that this announcement touches many facets of reality for seniors, from active aging to situations of greater vulnerability. It is proof that our government will make all the efforts necessary to improve their conditions and encourage their full participation in the community,” commented Pierre Reid, Orford MNA.
Minister Francine Charbonneau, receiving applause from her fellow Liberal colleagues from the Townships. Third left, Pierre Reid, Denis Hardy and Luc Fortin.