P.E.I. seniors organizations receive nearly $100K in federal funding

Published on May 5, 2017

P.E.I. seniors organizations received nearly $100,000 in funding for their programs from the federal government on Friday.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island seniors can now volunteer to help reduce social isolation for their peers through federal funding. 

Friday, the New Horizons for Seniors Program gave a total of $98,490 to several projects in P.E.I.

“Having a hearing disability is a key reason why people, many of whom are seniors, withdraw from social activities in the community and become isolated,” said Brenda Porter of the P.E.I. chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, which received $12,115 in funding Friday for its program “Pardon Me, What Did You Say?”

The money will allow seniors involved with the organization to develop a booklet and seminars to foster more effective communication skills between people with hearing impairments and the community.

“This Island-wide project is designed to give them, and those with whom they interact, simple strategies for talking with others — both in their homes and in their communities,” said Porter.

Other organizations that received funding:

• Voluntary Resource Council: $25,000 to engage seniors in the community by training seniors to mentor seniors in the components of mental health

• Farm Centre Association: $2,000 to develop workshops, lead multigenerational participants in gardening activities and expand the games area to support social participation in the community

• Seniors Active Living Registry: $2,700 to support social participation and inclusion of seniors through the creation of a play, nutrition sessions and crafts

• Island Matters: $7,200 to support engaging seniors in the community by providing instructions in rug hooking and caring for rugs

• Recreation P.E.I.: $24,973 to support engaging seniors in the community through mentoring of others by planning, facilitating and promoting walking among seniors


• P.E.I. Seniors Citizens’ Federation: $24,502 to host sessions for seniors to learn about gathering a personal collection of their favourite objects, memories or thoughts and arranging them into a shadow box display