Local M.P., Gord Brown, has welcomed the announcement of funding for two New Horizons Program initiatives for seniors. “The New Horizons program continues to offer funding for seniors organizations to develop programming for the community and their members. I am pleased that two grants were recently announced in Leeds-Grenville.”
Kempville and District Home Support Inc. will receive $13,415 to purchase desks, chairs and computers to engage seniors in the community as mentors by teaching other seniors how to use computers, including email and Skype.
The Athens and Area Heritage Society will receive $7,175 to purchase a projector, a screen, a sound system and a digital recorder to continue making heritage presentations and collect archival memories of seniors in the area.
More than one in seven Canadians are over the age of 65, and in 25 years, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior. As baby boomers age, communities have an opportunity to benefit from a highly-skilled cohort of seniors looking for new and meaningful ways to contribute to their communities. Seniors are significant contributors to the not-for-profit sector. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, created in 2004, the government is taking action to enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. By supporting a variety of opportunities for seniors, the New Horizons for Seniors Program works to better the lives of all Canadians. Since its creation in 2004, the program has helped seniors lead and participate in activities across the country.