Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi paid a visit to London on Tuesday to tour local organizations that are benefiting from federal funding geared towards helping seniors.
For the Boys and Girls Club of London, more than $23,000 came courtesy of the New Horizons for Seniors program, a federal program that has approved funding for nearly 4,000 programs nationwide.
“I see the investment dollars making a real difference in the lives of seniors,” said Tassi, adding that she appreciates the indirect results of increased support of senior programs.
“You end up with extra hours of people that are donating time and volunteering to support these projects.”
Supporting senior fitness
The Boys and Girls Club of London are using their share of funds to support their senior fitness centre.
Brad Brown is the senior programs assistant for the Club and says staff have been purchasing newer and safer equipment for their members.
“It gives the seniors more options… and helps out the fitness staff with coming up with different programs for the seniors,” said Brown.
“The federal government’s really come through and helped us.”
Brown adds that he was impressed to see the Club play host to a visit from the federal government.
“It feels sometimes that seniors don’t get any attention. Usually everyone’s focused on the youth program, so this means a lot to the Club.”
Elsewhere in London
Tassi’s visit to the Forest City also saw the minister travel to the Chinese Canadian National Council’s London chapter on Trafalgar Street.
New Horizons for Seniors granted a little over $21, 600 in federal funding for the CCNC’s creative learning for seniors program.