Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 05, 2011 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Hagersville

HAGERSVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2011) - A joint effort by community organizations and volunteers will create an outdoor oasis that will help seniors with Alzheimer's disease remain active and participate in their community. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Member of Parliament for Haldimand–Norfolk.

Minister Finley is responsible for the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which is providing support for this project.

"Our government supports projects, like this one right here in Haldimand County, that bring community partners together and encourage the well-being of seniors," said Minister Finley. "Through support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Hagersville seniors are contributing their skills, experience and wisdom to the benefit of their community."

The Government of Canada provided the Haldimand Abilities Centre and the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand–Norfolk with $19,000 for their project entitled Ability Garden – Bringing Life to Our Community. This initiative will allow seniors involved with the Alzheimer Society to create a community-based garden to be enjoyed by families, children, seniors and community members of varying degrees of physical and cognitive abilities.

Other community partners involved in this project are the Hagersville Lions Club, Hagersville Secondary School, Hagersville Community Church, the Haldimand Horticultural Society and a local naturopathic nutritionist.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 7 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100 000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.

Through Budget 2010, the Government invested an additional $5 million per year in the Program, bringing this year's funding to $40 million. This additional funding will support projects that encourage seniors to volunteer and mentor other generations, as well as initiatives that aim to increase awareness of financial abuse.

For more information on the Program, or upcoming calls for proposals, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559