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May 12, 2010

Burin Peninsula Area Latest to Benefit from Age-Friendly Grants

The Provincial Government is continuing to award grants under the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants (AFNL) program, which is designed to support municipalities, Inuit community governments, reserves and seniors' organizations throughout the province, with the announcement of two grants for programs on the Burin Peninsula.

"The Williams Government is committed to investing in programs and services that help enhance the health and well-being of our seniors," said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors. "To that end we are investing a total of $200,000 in the Age-Friendly Grants program."

The Town of St. Lawrence will receive $10,000 to become a more age-friendly community. They will engage in activities that include forming an age-friendly committee or team; evaluating community resources and assets; identifying community champions; determining challenges and opportunities; and, creating an action plan.

"I am very pleased that our government is assisting the Town of St. Lawrence with this grant," said the Honourable Darin King, MHA, Grand Bank. "This project will help promote a more inclusive community to enhance the recognition of the very important role seniors play."

The Burin Seniors Citizens Club will receive $9,000 to support their Active Living Healthy Aging Project, which will include establishing an advisory committee. In an effort to encourage seniors to be more active and engaged, volunteers will also implement a sit and exercise program.

"This is a great project that will benefit all seniors on the Burin Peninsula by creating a healthy and social environment," said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Burin-Placentia West MHA. "The Burin Seniors Citizens Club is a great resource and their hard work and dedication to the health and well-being of seniors is to be commended."

Overall, the Williams Government will invest $200,000 in the AFNL Grant program. The AFNL grants will serve, in part, to fulfill commitments made under the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework, through which the Provincial Government invested an additional $3.5 million in the 2009-10 fiscal year toward improving the wellness of residents.

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Media contacts:

Jennifer Tulk
Communications Manager
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1399, 699-6524
Derick Reid
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Darin King, Grand Bank MHA
Andrew Tobin
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Clyde Jackman, Burin-Placentia West MHA


2010 05 12                                                    10:45 a.m.

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