Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced the Strathcona Drop-In Centre located in Belmont has finished their renovations after receiving $20,096 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The renovated Drop-In Centre provides a place for local seniors to meet and plan special events. The project included updating their electrical panels, insulating the walls and attic, a new coat of paint, new gyproc and the installation of new windows.
"Our Government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our country," said Maguire. "By supporting this project, we're ensuring that local seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members in their community."
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the Program, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. Projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year per organization in grant funding. Since 2006, the Program has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
Bertha Buote of the Strathcona Drop-In Centre said, "The grant from the New Horizon Seniors Program is very much appreciated. It has certainly helped us keep our utility costs down."
Since elected as the Member of Parlaiment for Brandon-Souris, Larry Maguire has assisted numerous senior centres from across Southwestern Manitoba access funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Budget 2014 has also proposes an additional $5 million per year for the New Horizons for Seniors Program to support additional projects that benefit seniors. Since 2006, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
Maguire concluded, "I grew up in a rural community and know the importance of facilities such as the Strathcona Drop-In Centre. I will continue to stand up for rural Canada and be a strong voice for our region."