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May 17, 2010

Age-Friendly Grant Awarded to Holyrood

The Town of Holyrood is the latest beneficiary of the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador (AFNL) Grants program with the award of $10,000 to the community. The grants program is an initiative which supports municipalities, Inuit community governments, reserves and seniors' organizations throughout the province with creating age-friendly communities.

"An age-friendly community is one where the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable people to live in a secure environment, enjoy health, and continue to participate fully in society," said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors. "Our grants help communities and organizations throughout the province focus on seniors and the important role they play in society."

The AFNL Grant will support the Town of Holyrood in becoming a more age-friendly community. The town 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.

"Investments in age-friendly and seniors programs are always welcome," said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, MHA for Harbour Main. "With an aging demographic it is important to continue to address these needs today, so that we can put in place the necessary supports for this community and its residents."

Overall, the Williams Government will invest $200,000 in the AFNL Grants program. The 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
Sharon Vokey
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Tom Hedderson
Harbour Main MHA

2010 05 17                                                   12:25 p.m.

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