More than $855,000 for Estrie se­niors

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

Phots Stanstead Jour­nal

Min­is­ter Francine Char­bon­neau, re­ceiv­ing ap­plause from her fel­low Lib­eral col­leagues from the Town­ships. Third left, Pierre Reid, De­nis Hardy and Luc Fortin.

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