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Seniors' projects get funding boost from federal government

Four Sudbury projects receive close to $74K
Rockview Towers Seniors Community Garden coordinators Dake Willett and Mary Michasiw with Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre (centre) June 17. The garden is one of four recipients of federal funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. (Callam Rodya/

Seniors looking for opportunities to stay healthy and active have some new outlets thanks to federal funding from Employment and Social Development Canada.

Four projects in Sudbury will receive a combined $73,714 in funding from the federal government's New Horizons for Seniors Program. 

The program is distributing around $35 million to nearly 1,850 community-based projects through an application process.

“Our government 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,” said Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre in a release.

Science North's “Tech Savvy Seniors!” project, which will offer workshops to seniors on using technology, is receiving $22,494.

The Parkside Centre is receiving $17,700 to overhaul the lighting in their entire facility.

Rockview Towers Seniors Community Garden is receiving $17,920 to renovate their garden to allow residents to plant vegetables, teach gardening skills and promote healthy eating.

And finally, Volunteer Sudbury is receiving $15,600 to develop a mentorship program to increase volunteer opportunities between seniors, working adults, youth and non-profit community groups.

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