Health and Community Services
May 19, 2010
Continue to Benefit Seniors
Additional grants have been awarded
throughout the province under the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador
(AFNL) Grants program, an initiative designed to support municipalities,
Inuit community governments, reserves and seniors' organizations. The
Trepassey 50+ Friendship Club and the Father Val Power Centre in St.
Mary's will both receive grants under the program.
"Funding from the Age-Friendly Grants
Program is being used to promote the contributions of seniors at the
community level," said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health
and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors.
"These projects are addressing needs and enhancing the lives of seniors
by encouraging social activity and physical participation."
The Trepassey 50+ Friendship Club will
receive $9,000 to support its CALM — Changing Attitudes Losing
Misconceptions about Aging initiative. This program includes various
strategies to create awareness, improve communications, share learning
experiences, and promote social inclusion.
"The age-friendly grant for the Trepassey
50+ Friendship Club will allow the club to continue the important work
of enhancing social activity and overall active living for seniors in
the region," said Ferryland MHA Keith Hutchings. "I have seen firsthand
the tremendous work done by the Friendship Club and the services and
programs they deliver to enhance the lives of those living in the
region. I also want to recognize and thank the executive of the club for
their continued efforts and commitment to improving the lives of
The Father Val Power Centre in St.
Mary's, will receive $9,000 for its Getting Back to Nature: Gardening is
Good for the Soul program. This program will provide activities and
opportunities to enhance the well-being of residents through development
of a community garden and greenhouse.
"I commend the Father Val Power Centre
for their outstanding proposal," said the Honourable Felix Collins,
Placentia-St. Mary's MHA. "These funds will go a long way in assisting
the centre with their initiatives and help improve and enhance the lives
of seniors in the area."
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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Department of Health and Community Services
Government Members Office
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Felix Collins, Placentia-St. Mary's MHA
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