David Tilson Announces Funding to Support Canadian Seniors
May 23, 2012

BOLTON, ON – Seniors across the nation will soon have new opportunities to volunteer, mentor younger generations and help raise awareness of elder abuse thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, made the announcement today at the Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness Centre in Bolton, which is receiving funding support from the Program for its project to engage seniors.

“Our Government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge, and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy,” said Mr. Tilson. “Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.”

The Caledon Parks and Recreation Department will receive $22,520 for its project to engage seniors as program leaders develop new activities for seniors living in Caledon, in support of social participation and inclusion among seniors. Seniors will participate in pickleball, fitness classes, shuffleboard, and a walking club

“This funding  provides opportunities for our elderly residents to participate more fully in the superb amenities our Town offers,” said Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison, “from our spectacular natural countryside to the very best recreational programs and facilities, this will go a long way to engaging our seniors.”

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $35.6 million in funding for almost 2,000 community projects.