Health and Community Services
May 19, 2010
Communities in Corner
Brook-Rocky Harbour Region to
Receive Age-Friendly Grants
Two communities in the Corner Brook-Rocky
Harbour region are the most recent beneficiaries of Age-Friendly
Newfoundland and Labrador grants. Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook and
Cox's Cove will receive funding under the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and
Labrador (AFNL) Grants program, which supports municipalities, Inuit
community governments, reserves and seniors' organizations throughout
the province with creating age-friendly communities.
"Promoting healthy aging and creating
age-friendly communities continues to be a priority for the Williams
Government," said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and
Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors. "This
grants program is only one of many initiatives our government is doing
to support seniors in our province."
The communities of Glenburnie-Birchy
Head-Shoal Brook and Cox's Cove will each receive $10,000 to become
age-friendly communities. 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.
"This age-friendly grant will complement
the great progress that has already been made by the residents of
Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook," said Wallace Young, MHA for St.
Barbe. "We highly value and respect our senior population, and this
grant will further contribute to the supports that municipalities are
able to provide to our seniors."
"I am delighted that the Town of Cox's
Cove will take advantage of the age-friendly grant and identify areas of
the town that can be expanded to promote healthy aging," said Bay of
Islands MHA Terry Loder.
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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