Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects in Nipissing-Timiskaming
July 5, 2023

Seniors have made and continue to make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities, and workplaces. However, the pandemic had a detrimental effect on the well-being of seniors, limiting their ability to socialize. The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting local organizations that empower seniors, promote engagement within their communities, and contribute to their health and well-being.

The Department of Seniors is investing $90,601 through the New Horizons for Seniors program to assist four organizations in Nipissing-Timiskaming with community-based projects. These organizations including North Bay Pride, Near North Palliative Care Network in North Bay, the Paroisse Sainte- Croix in Haileybury, and ACFO-Témiskaming in New Liskeard.

“Helping seniors in Nipissing-Timiskaming stay active and connected is a priority for the Government of Canada,” says Rota.

“The projects being supported today will provide seniors an opportunity to participate in meaningful activities which nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality.”

The first investment will see $16,934 go toward North Bay Pride to help seniors conduct theatre-based events to connect with a broader seniors’ community and to offer support and mentorship.

Jason Maclennan, communications Director for North Bay Pride said, "Seniors in general have been isolated through the pandemic from their families and friends. Funding like this helps us create opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ seniors and community supporters to meet and create social circles that help prevent isolation while improving their overall health. Our seniors have been through enough and we need to appreciate them for groundbreaking. We’ve heard stories of seniors from the 2SLGBTQ+ community who lost their jobs and lost their homes just for being who they are. We also can’t forget those older queer folks who served in the military and fought for equality. With funding, this helps us, help our older folks and that is priceless."

The second investment is for Near North Palliative Care Network in North Bay, and they will receive $23,667 to allow seniors involved with the organization to provide seniors with resources and connections needed to build relationships in the community and support healthy ageing.

Preston Tapscott, coordinator of NNPCN said "We are extremely happy that the New Horizons for Seniors Program has provided continued funding for our Adult Day Program project. The goal of our project is to continue offering specialized workshops, presentations, and activities for the benefit of older adults and seniors who come from low-income and socially isolated backgrounds. Last year we were able to help provide free art workshops, chair yoga classes, musical therapy, and other programs in collaboration with local organizations and experts. We look forward to continuing this initiative for another year and reducing social isolation among seniors."

The third investment of $25,000 will go towards Paroisse Sainte-Croix in Haileybury, where the organization will renovate the parish.

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