GLADSTONE, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) - Seniors in Gladstone will now have a new reason to go outside and get active thanks to the brand-new Age-friendly Wellness Trail. The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, celebrated the trail's grand opening at a ceremony today.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience seniors contribute to our society and the economy," said Minister Wong. "The New Horizons for Seniors Program is proud to support projects that encourage seniors to continue being physically active and socially involved in their communities."
Last year, the Gladstone Area Senior Support Program received $14,910 in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding to help build the trail and install outdoor fitness equipment to bring together seniors and those nearing retirement.
"Communities need to continue developing infrastructure and programs that support the participation of seniors, youth and families," said Mr. Sopuck. "This project is a shining example of how strong local partnerships and a little hard work can benefit the entire community."
The Government recently invested more than $35.6 million in NHSP funding for almost 2 000 new community-based projects approved through the 2011-2012 call for proposals. For more information, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
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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 Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences for the benefit of others. Since it began, the Program has funded more than 10 400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
The most recent call for proposals for community-based projects launched on May 8, 2012. It closed on June 29, 2012 in all provinces and territories except Quebec, which will close on September 14, 2012 to coincide with a provincial call for proposals.