Left to Right: Kelly Taylor (Rural Rides); Robert Asenault, Bill Wilson & Charlene McCully (Salisbury Legion); Sherri Cook-Carson, Noreen Cooper (SPOT); Derick Beardsworth, Christina McCully (Petitcodiac Boys & Girls Club)
Salisbury and Petitcodiac seniors who are looking for the opportunity to benefit their community now have an additional opportunity to volunteer to help reduce social isolation of their peers and take part in social activities announced Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.
Rural Rides is receiving $3,470.00 for their project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The project will help the seniors already involved with the organization to host two volunteer expos in Salisbury and Petitcodiac to invite seniors to get involved in their community by promoting volunteerism among seniors.
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals.
Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, the Government of Canada helps seniors across Canada share their knowledge, skills and lived experiences in unique ways. NHSP projects reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure that seniors from coast to coast can be active and prosperous members of their communities.”The Honourable Jean-Yves DuclosMinister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“Volunteers are the backbone of every community and the Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors may get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like this one and I was so happy to be able to see first-hand, seniors in Fundy Royal supporting each other at the Volunteer Expo in Petitcodiac. It’s local activities such as this that will be beneficial to so many for years to come.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
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