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April 11, 2013
MP Gerald Keddy announces New Horizons for Seniors funding for three organizations in the Municipality of the District of Chester


MP Gerald Keddy shares a smile and his congratulations with (from left to right) Karen Hooper, Executive Director of the Chester Art Centre, Jackie Aiken, Senior Development Officer with Service Canada, Christina MacLean, Executive Director of the Helping Hands to Enrich Learning & Lifestyles Programming Society (HHELLPS) and Betty Gagnon, President of the East Chester Recreational Association.



East Chester, NS (April 11, 2013) - Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, today announced federal support for the East Chester Recreational Association, the Chester Art Centre and the Helping Hands to Enrich Learning & Lifestyles Programming Society under the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

“The Government of Canada is committed to improving the lives of seniors, and is proud to support local organizations with the same goal,” said Mr. Keddy. “Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.”

The East Chester Recreational Association is receiving $20,000 to repair its hall floor and joists. These repairs will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors by allowing the Hall to continue to offer bingo, card nights and community socials.
“The East Chester Recreational Association’s project will be very extensive,” said Betty Gagnon, President of the East Chester Recreational Association. “We will do all necessary repairs to our building: floor joists and sills and possible replacement of our maple floors. These repairs will give our members and the community the peace of mind for a safe and healthy hall for all that use it.”

The Chester Art Centre is receiving $19,786 to assist the Centre to offer mobile art workshops to seniors. These workshops will increase the social participation and inclusion of seniors.
"Funding received from New Horizon’s for Seniors has made it possible for the Chester Art Centre to meet one of its primary objectives of providing quality arts programming throughout our community,” said Karen Hooper, Executive Director. “The focus of the art outreach project “Art Cart- The Chester Art Centre on the Move” will provide a chance for seniors to engage in art workshops and classes, as well as develop social connections in community centres from New Ross to the Western Shore to Hubbards. The funds will create an opportunity to increase seniors’ participation in social, cultural and educational activities, contributing to their quality of life and well-being."
The Helping Hands to Enrich Learning & Lifestyles Programming Society (HHELLPS) is receiving $6,120 to increase the social participation and inclusion of seniors by offering weekly fitness sessions and a monthly speaker series.
"We are truly grateful to be receiving a grant from New Horizons for Seniors," said Christina MacLean, Executive Director of Helping Hands to Enrich Learning & Lifestyles Programming Society (HHELLPS). "Without this support, HHELLPS would not be able to offer our program Variety is the Spice of Life, which recognizes the need for social participation and inclusion of seniors and allows us to extend the success already being experienced at Fox Point Community Centre by offering additional types of receational activities to which seniors have access, based on the interests they are expressing. Variety is the Spice of Life will provide seniors with the opportunity to experience new things and to share their respected abilities with younger generations. Both aspects grow better people and improve communities."

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 12,200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $33 million in funding for approximately 1,750 community projects.
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