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May 20, 2010

Seniors in Conne River and Glenwood-Appleton to Benefit from Age-Friendly Grants

The Williams Government is continuing its commitment to seniors throughout the province with the awarding of two Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants in Conne River and Glenwood-Appleton. The grants program is designed to benefit incorporated municipalities, Inuit community governments, reserves and seniors� organizations.

�We are committed to furthering the Provincial Healthy Aging Framework, and the grants are a key piece of that commitment,� said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors. �Through our total investment of $200,000 in the grants program we are enabling communities and seniors organizations throughout the province to continue to make our seniors feel included and valued.�

The Miawpukek First Nation Reserve in Conne River has been awarded $10,000 to further develop a plan to ensure the creation of an age-friendly community and develop programs and activities designed to engage seniors in the community.

�I am so pleased that Miawpukek First Nation will engage their elder population in active consultation to obtain feedback on such issues as housing, outdoor spaces, buildings, transportation and communication,� said Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune MHA Tracey Perry. �Along with the Band Council, I look forward to seeing more elders in advisory roles with the Miawpukek First Nation.�

The Glenwood-Appleton New Horizons 50+ Club received $1,000 to increase social participation of seniors in the area through information sessions, inter-generational activities and community dinners.

�This grant will certainly be an asset to the Glenwood-Appleton community,� said the Honourable Kevin O�Brien, Gander MHA. �It is very important that our seniors feel included and for them to have an active role in the community.�

The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants are a key component of 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
JenniferTulk@gov.nl.ca
Paula Norman
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Kevin O�Brien, MHA for Gander
709-729-4753
paulamnorman@gov.nl.ca
 
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424
donnaivey@gov.nl.ca
 

2010 05 20                                                  11:50 a.m.
 


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