PLUM POINT, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 4, 2012) - Seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador will have new opportunities to volunteer and mentor younger generations thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Minister Peter Van Loan, Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
"Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy," said Minister Van Loan. "Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities."
The St. Barbe Development Association in Plum Point will receive $25,000 to engage seniors in the community through mentoring of others by matching seniors with students to exchange their knowledge and skills in various activities from past traditions in exchange for the student's knowledge of technological skills.
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.
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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 Harper Government encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
The 2011-12 community-based projects call for proposals ran from June 20 to September 16, 2011. Projects can receive up to $25,000 in funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation, and capital assistance.
Since its beginning, the Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
The next NHSP call for proposals is anticipated to launch in spring 2012. For more information on the NHSP, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.