Sault Ste Marie MP, Terry Sheehan announced funding Friday for two local programs that will help area Seniors.
On behalf of The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Sheehan announced funding for local programs: The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA is receiving $18,666 for Improved Programming and Equipment for Seniors and, the City of Sault Ste. Marie is receiving $24,024 for the program: Older Adults “Moving” Forward- An Active & Inclusive Community Hub.
The funding is through the Employment and Social Development Canada department’s, New Horizons for Seniors Program. The program is the result of a funding stream developed by the Government of Canada to support organizations that help seniors and make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
“I’m really proud of our local groups for creating programs and spaces for our seniors to thrive and be supported. One of the suggestions I heard repeated at the National Seniors Strategy Townhall meeting we held in the Sault this winter, was the real need for these kinds of programs. These investments in programming from the federal government enable organizations to put their programs into place.” -Terry Sheehan, MP for the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie.
Programs funded through New Horizons project are required to be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of five program objectives:
. promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
· engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
· expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
· supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
· providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
The money received by the YMCA will be used to purchase equipment that enc will enourage the Senior community to stay active.“Due to this funding we were able to purchase much needed equipment for Aquatic classes and more equipment to add to existing classes as well. Our goal with this equipment to encourage our Senior community to stay active and challenge themselves.”–Erica Tucker, Supervisor of Adult Programs and Marketing, Sault Ste. Marie YMCA.
Virginia McLeod, Manager, Recreation and Culture, City of Sault Ste. Marie stated the money received by the city will be used to increase the opportunities through a wide range of programs.
“We are very excited to have received the funding to enhance the services for seniors in our community. The New Horizons grant will support the purchase of equipment and provide funding for instructors which will increase the opportunities for seniors to participate in a range of inclusive active living and social programs.” Virginia McLeod,