Car­bon­ear, Spa­niard’s Bay groups re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing

DozenOdd and Good­will Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club get $45,500 com­bined

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@tc.tc

Ken McDonald, MP for Avalon, dropped by the DozenOdd arts and crafts store in Car­bon­ear last Wed­nes­day to an­nounce $232,000 in fund­ing for se­niors.

The Good­will Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club will be re­ceiv­ing $20,500 to help re­pair the roof, eave­strough, sid­ing, win­dows, and ceil­ing tiles of their build­ing in Spa­niard’s Bay.

DozenOdd, who will be re­ceiv­ing $25,000 from the pro­gram, will now be bet­ter equipped to have lo­cal se­niors act as men­tors in weekly work­shops. Here, they can teach var­i­ous arts and craft tech­niques to oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

Natalie Austin of DozenOdd says the fund­ing will be a ma­jor help to the gallery.

“Ever since DozenOdd opened up back in 2014, we’ve shared our space with se­niors ev­ery Wed­nes­day,” said Austin. “They could come to craft and share their skills. At first, it was just amongst them­selves, but now with this grant they have the op­por­tu­nity to share with a much wider com­mu­nity.”

Austin says the fund­ing will be used to pur­chase art sup­plies for the se­niors to use at their will. She added that these sup­plies can get rather ex­pen­sive at times, es­pe­cially for se­nior cit­i­zens, who are com­monly liv­ing on fixed in­comes.

“This pro­gram is go­ing to be able to of­fer those ma­te­ri­als to the se­niors so that they of­fer their skills out and about in the com­mu­nity.”

The New Hori­zons pro­gram is a fed­eral fund­ing pro­gram for or­ga­ni­za­tions across Canada look­ing to pro­mote vol­un­teerism among se­niors, as well as gen­er­ally en­gag­ing se­niors in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

The pro­gram’s fund­ing will be used by 13 or­ga­ni­za­tions in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in New­found­land.

McDonald ac­knowl­edged the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment of look­ing out for the well be­ing of se­nior cit­i­zens in Canada, stat­ing that the New Hori­zons pro­gram was a great way to ad­dress this need.

“Cana­dian se­niors have played a cen­tral part in this coun­try, and have earned our re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion,” said McDonald.

McDonald an­nounced six projects un­der the New Hori­zons pro­gram in the Holy­rood and St. Mary’s Bay area on March 14, and would be an­nounc­ing one more in Con­cep­tion Bay South on Satur­day, March 17.

CHRIS LEWIS/TC ME­DIA

Ken McDonald with mem­bers of the Spa­niard’s Bay Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club.

CHRIS LEWIS/TC ME­DIA

Natalie Austin (left) and Ken McDonald as McDonald an­nounced the fund­ing pro­gram.

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