Orangeville, ON - David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, made the announcement today at the Orangeville Seniors Centre, who is the recipient of New Horizons funding.
“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 Orangeville Seniors Centre will receive $11,475 for their project to renovate washrooms and build a workstation and storage area for their new craft and knitting program in order to support social participation and inclusion of seniors.
“Supporting Senior Citizens has always been the mission of the Senior Centre, and the Federal funding will help the centre continue to provide services for seniors of this community,” stated Pat Elmore, administrator at the Orangeville Seniors Centre. “It is important that we give back to seniors who have already contributed so much to the community.”
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.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 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 their communities. Through the NHSP, the Harper Government encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
The 2011-12 community-based projects call for proposals ran from June 20 to September 16, 2011. Projects can receive up to $25,000 in funding and must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation, and capital assistance.
Since its beginning, the Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
The next NHSP call for proposals is anticipated to launch in spring 2012. For more information on the NHSP, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors