New Project to Help LGBTQ Seniors in Kitchener
May 28 2017 – Kitchener – Seniors in Kitchener, through SPECTRUM, will receive financial support to continue their leadership role in the LGBTQ community, today announced Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.
Spectrum is receiving $25,000 for their project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The project`s goal is to reduce isolation of LGBTQ seniors, especially those in institutional settings.
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals.
Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, the Government of Canada helps seniors across Canada share their knowledge, skills and lived experiences in unique ways. NHSP projects reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure that seniors from coast to coast can be active and prosperous members of their communities.”The Honourable Jean-Yves DuclosMinister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“The Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like this one so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”Raj SainiMember of Parliament for Kitchener Centre
“LGBTQ+ seniors have been the people working hard in our communities over the last 50 years to create more inclusion for diversity. Unfortunately many of these seniors become isolated once entering care settings. Through this project we hope to build a more vibrant community by connecting volunteers, LGBTQ+ seniors, allies, families and friends in innovative ways that celebrate the histories and resiliencies of our communities. This project is the first of its kind in this region that aims to build strong community through programming in settings that may thrive with more leadership engagement.”Stevie Forbes-RobertsNew Directions Project Coordinator for SPECTRUM’S Aging with Pride Committee
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Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Office of Raj Saini, MP for Kitchener Centre
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Employment and Social Development Canada