Seniors in Vancouver Island North will soon have new opportunities to volunteer, mentor younger generations, help raise awareness of elder abuse and take part in social activities as well financial support will be provided for equipment and renovations thanks to the funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program announced today by John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

Twenty-two organizations are receiving a total of $437,238 for their projects from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Heritage Hall Community Club: Heritage Hall Facility Upgrade – The organization will install lighting, a concrete walkway, deck, storage, and purchase BBQ, tablet and printer to continue senior activities such as summer concerts, potlucks, and computer classes.

Immigrant Welcome Centre of Campbell River: S.A.G.E.: Seniors, Aspiring, Gathering, Enabling – Seniors
involved in the organization will purchase laptops; iPads and tablets to train seniors to be efficient in technology and to train other seniors with their new knowledge.

Mansons Community Hall: Pioneer Kitchen Renovation – Seniors involved with the organization will manage the upgrade of the kitchen to allow the continuation of seniors’ healthy eating activities such as bi-weekly lunches, canning and food preservation.

Tahsis Senior Society: Tahsis Seniors Independence Program – Seniors involved with the organization will replace, fridge, stove, tables, chairs, repair a pool table and purchase TV, DVD player, Wii, microwave and BBQ, to support existing and new seniors’ programs.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #137: Kitchen Renovations – The organization will upgrade their kitchen to be more senior friendly and accessible to introduce new programs for seniors including cooking and canning classes, luncheons, socials, and workshops.

Comox Valley Curling Club: Recipes and Rocks – The organization will purchase/install a chairlift to provide access to their second floor premises where they will engage seniors in creating a legacy cookbook showcasing the history of local curling.

Merville Hall: Welcoming Space for Isolated Rural Seniors – The organization will upgrade basement rooms, windows, lights and washroom to allow seniors to continue to host potluck lunches, grandmother meetings, musical events and guest speakers.

Hornby Island New Horizon’s Society: Renovations and repairs to New Horizons building – The organization will update washrooms, install new lights, an exit door and add insulation to allow seniors to continue to participate in golden lunches, bridge, yoga and film nights.

Fanny Bay Community Association: Enhancing Our Audio/Visual System for All – The organization will replace their community hall’s audio-visual system to allow seniors to continue to attend exercise classes, host live performances of music, public readings, and presentations.

Village of Sayward: Drop-in Centre Renovation & Upgrade – The organization will replace furniture, add storage closets and purchase a fridge, A/V equipment, and two computers to continue existing programs for seniors and add computer coaching and movie nights.

Campbell River and District Adult Care Society: Replacement of Windows in an Activity Hall – The
organization will install new windows in their activity hall to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for seniors to continue to participate in their day program activities.

LUSH Valley Food Action Society: Food Wisdom Exchange – Seniors involved with the organization will
increase the accessibility of the community garden and mentor others through educational workshops, all of which will be filmed for knowledge sharing.

Black Creek Old Age Pensioners #126: Halbe Hall Structural Upgrade – Seniors involved with the organization will upgrade their building’s foundation, outside walls, and replace windows to allow seniors to continue activities such as socials, crafts, exercise, and arts.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #198: Building Upgrade – The organization will replace the roof, flooring,
lighting, and repair the front entry to allow seniors to continue plan and lead activities such as, dances, billiards, and monthly dinners.

Quadra Island Literacy Now: Trailing Tales – A Photo Story Workshop – Seniors involved with the organization will engage seniors to create personal stories using photos and text through a photo story workshop and participants will then mentor subsequent groups.

Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation: Preserving Traditional Knowledge: Elders Mentoring Youth – Seniors
involved with the organization will develop/lead mentoring workshops to transfer their knowledge of traditional uses of plants and other traditional resources to youth aged 6 to 25.

Willow Point Lions Club: Kitchen Reno – The organization will conduct kitchen renovations to allow seniors to continue activities such as breakfasts, teas, exercise and dance classes, and other social events and fundraising.

The Revellers: Heat Pump Improvement Project – The organization will purchase and install a heat pump to allowseniors to continue their activities such as community meals, cards, shuffle board, billiards, bingo, darts, tai chi and crafts.

Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry (UIWONA): Aboriginal Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support
Circle Program – Seniors involved with the organization will create the ‘Aboriginal Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle Program’ to help provide support for the ‘skipped’ generation.

Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry (UIWONA): Inner Circle Fiber Arts – The organization will engage
seniors in volunteering to plan weekly gatherings rotating between new fiber art demonstrations and relevant speakers in the areas of finance and elder abuse.

Community Justice Centre: Volunteer Training for Senior’s Abuse Restorative Justice – Seniors involved with the organization will be engaged to develop and implement a senior volunteer training program for a senior sensitive restorative justice process relating to elder abuse.

Fallen Alders Community Club: Upgrade our Vintage 1953 Kitchen – The organization will upgrade its kitchen, replace the flooring and stove, and improve ventilation in order to meet current standards to allow seniors to continue meals, dances, crafts, and socials.