EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2012) - Seniors' contributions to Canada's history were honoured today as a part of a Parents' Day Celebration. The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, spoke at the event on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
The Korean Senior Citizen Society of Edmonton hosted the event to celebrate the publishing of their book Sharing Memories, Inspiring the Future, which captures tales of Canada's Korean immigrants and war veterans. The book was part of a larger project funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) in 2010.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience seniors contribute to our society and the economy," said Mr. Hawn. "The New Horizons for Seniors Program is proud to support projects that aim to reduce social isolation through the involvement of seniors in their communities."
The NHSP continues to support seniors through a new call for proposals for community-based projects that launched on May 8, 2012. For more information, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
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New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 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 NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experience to the benefit of others.
In 2010, the Korean Senior Citizen Society of Edmonton received $25,000 in NHSP funding for their project Sharing Memories, Inspiring the Future to encourage Korean-Canadian and other seniors to develop self-esteem and provide an environment for learning, cooperation and mutual support.
The community-based call for proposals launched May 8, 2012, and will close on June 29, 2012, in all provinces and territories, except for Quebec. Projects can receive up to $25,000 in funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
Since its beginning, the program has funded more than 10 400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.