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May 13, 2013
MP Gerald Keddy announces New Horizons for Seniors funding for the Shelburne County Arena Association

Bridgewater, NS (May 13, 2013) - Seniors in Shelburne County will soon have access to accessible washrooms at the Shelburne County Arena, thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

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 Shelburne County Arena Association is receiving $25,000 to install accessible washrooms. Improved accessibility of this facility will assist in increasing the social participation and inclusion of seniors by allowing the Association to continue to offer Old Timer’s hockey, senior skating and community events.

“The Shelburne County Arena Association is pleased to partner with the Federal Government and others to continue making significant improvements to the Shelburne arena,” said Tony Mahaney, President of the Shelburne County Arena Association. “Through programs like the New Horizons program we can continue to make the facility a more accessible facility that the entire community can use for recreation social gathering and so much more.”

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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