KELOWNA’S Dr. Gurmeet Singh Randhawa Seniors Society is receiving close to $25,000 in federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for a building renovation project that will foster social participation and inclusion.
This program supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
Through this project, the society will install a new furnace, heating controls, and flooring. A pool table will also be replaced. The facility renovations will help continue to provide seniors with a social gathering place to support social participation and inclusion.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. These projects were approved through the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2013-2014 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects. NHSP-funded projects help ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and are able to be active, participating members of their communities.
“Our government is proud to work with organizations like the Dr. Gurmeet Singh Randhawa Seniors Society to increase the social participation and inclusion of seniors. By supporting projects like these under the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are ensuring seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities,” said Wong.
“The well-being of Canadian seniors is a priority for our government. We demonstrate our support through community initiatives like this one and I am happy to be sharing this good news for seniors in Kelowna-Lake Country today,” said Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.
“Isolation for seniors is a very real concern for any community. It is grants such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program that allow communities to renovate their senior centers. Without this help, the renovations would simply not be possible. Our seniors are very happy with their new space and continue to meet with others regularly in a safe and inviting environment for their social time,” said Nirmal Singh Sahota, President of Dr. Gurmeet Singh Randhawa Seniors Society.