Seniors living in the Tri-Cities will soon have more virtual activities to participate in with a goal of boosting isolated spirits.
Today (May 5), Canada announced it recently granted nearly $95,000 to projects through four organizations — two in Coquitlam and two in Port Coquitlam — to create programming that involve physical activity and social connection, and staying informed about the community.
"Seniors make a significant and valuable contribution to their families, communities and society,” said Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon in a release.
The money is coming by way of the federal government’s Ministry of Seniors through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada is supporting projects which make a real difference in the lives of seniors in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam each and every day."
The distribution of the funds are as follows with a maximum amount of $25,000 allocated to approved applicants:
Sure World Ministries
- Seniors involved with the organization will offer online counselling in order to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors
Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
- The organization will purchase electronics to offer virtual physical activities in order to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors
Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence
- Seniors involved with the organization will offer a music club, virtual Zumba, gardening and a book club in order to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors
Astoria Retirement Residence
- Seniors involved with the organization will provide a music club, book club, virtual Zumba and gardening in order to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors
In September, the NHSP, an annual grants program, made its call for project proposals with an Oct. 23, 2020, deadline.
Since 2004, more than 30,000 senior-supportive projects have been approved across the nation.