Nearly $100,000 in grants for Langley’s seniors

Four agencies will share New Horizons federal funding

  • Apr. 18, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Mark Warawa

Mark Warawa

Seniors in Langley will soon have new opportunities to volunteer, mentor younger generations and preserve their history, thanks to federal funding provided by the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

On Tuesday, Langle MP Mark Warawa announced that four organization in Langley will share almost $100,000 for their projects:

• Langley Seniors Centre which will receive $ 21,670  for the Volunteer Ambassadors for Seniors program. It promotes volunteerism among seniors to reach out to other more isolated or marginalized seniors;

• Langley Arts Council will be ‘Making Old Memories New Again with a $25,000 grant to allow volunteer seniors to mentor other seniors in the use of computer equipment through which to preserve their heritage by converting their old photos and films to CDs and DVDs;

• The Brookswood Seniors Centre has been awarded $25,000 for a Renovate to Motivate program which will support social participation and inclusion of seniors by replacing bridge tables, chairs, baffles and monitors. There will be enough money for tables to start a quilting and embroidery group.

• Langley Community Services Society (LCSS) will receive $25,000 for the Karen Seniors Mentoring Program (KSMP) to engage Karen seniors by mentoring, teaching, and providing history and knowledge pertaining to the Karen culture and heritage.

“Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy,” Warawa said.