Seniors across the Kootenay Columbia 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 Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (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. Fourteen organizations in Kootenay Columbia will receive $271,370 for their projects.
For the Nakusp Senior Citizens Association of BC Br.#71, this means $15,700 in funding to renovate their entrances to improve safety and support social participation and inclusion of seniors by continuing meal, game, quilting, and yoga activities.