October 15th, 2018 Elgin, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada
Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.
The Elgin Eco Association has received financial support to conduct facility renovations to improve their seniors’ programming, announced Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This innovative program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
The Elgin Eco Association received $13,333 for their Elgin Eats program funded through the NHSP. The program will help many Canadians in the surround Elgin area. The Elgin Eats program gets seniors involved with the organization to mentor youth, help seniors prepare healthy meals, and socialize with their peers by creating a new meal cooking program and establish better eating habits. Seniors can attend weekly cooking classes lead by Samantha Christensen, the Program Facilitator and Coordinator for Elgin Eats.
“The Government of Canada is helping seniors across the country stay engaged and active in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors program. This program enables seniors to use their experience and energy to improve the quality of life for their neighbors, and for themselves. Our Government knows that when seniors are a meaningful part of society and play active roles in their communities, everyone benefits.”The Honourable Filomena TassiMinister of Seniors
“Our seniors are such an important part of our communities and have so much to contribute. The Government of Canada is dedicated to supporting organizations who provide opportunities for Canadian seniors to get involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap their collective resources and experiences. I am so pleased that the Elgin Eco Association has received $13K in funding under the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Thanks to this funding Elgin Eats is connecting and strengthening the community of Elgin by providing programming that started off catering to seniors, and grew into connecting senior residents with the broader community.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“The mission of this project is to socialize the community members of Elgin in an intergenerational setting, all the while, increasing food skills and knowledge through sharing of traditions and recipes. The heritage enrichment and focus on from scratch cooking will be an asset to individuals both young and old.”Samantha ChristensenProgram Facilitator and Coordinator for Elgin Eats
- This project was approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.
- Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
- Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
- The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
- Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
- Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based Projects
- Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Pan-Canadian Projects
- New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging Seniors, Strengthening Communities
- Elgin Eats: Facebook Page
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