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Original article can be found at http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/tcr/0412n03.htm.

Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Health and Community Services
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
April 12, 2010

Newfoundland and Labrador’s older citizens will have more opportunities to engage in physical activities and recreation, thanks to a $387,200 Provincial Government investment in seniors’ recreational programming.

The Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, was at the Froude Avenue Community Centre in St. John’s this morning to announce that more than 100 organizations in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from the newly-established Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program. Minister French was joined by Keith Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary, representing the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services, and the Honourable Shawn Skinner, MHA for the District of St. John’s Centre.

"One of the main goals of the provincial recreation and sport strategy, Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador, is to provide more opportunities for all of our residents to participate in recreation and sport programs that promote increased physical activity," said Minister French. "The program supports a variety of projects, including the purchase of new fitness equipment, the organization of walking tours, swimming, bowling and dancing activities, field trips, and more. In essence, it’s designed to encourage our senior residents to be more physically active and more involved in their community, which is critical to their overall well-being."

A list of approved grants can be viewed in the backgrounder below.

The Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program is being delivered in collaboration with the Department of Health and Community Services, as part of its Healthy Aging Policy Framework.

"The Williams Government is committed to fostering healthy lifestyles for all residents of our province," said Minister Kennedy. "Since the launch of the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework in 2007, this government has been making strategic investments designed to create age-friendly communities which support seniors and value their significant contribution to our society. The funding announced today will help offer a variety of programming to keep seniors fit and active, a key component of the healthy aging framework."

"Seniors today are much more conscious of their own health and want to remain active to achieve optimal health benefits," said Minister Skinner "The grants given today support the seniors in attaining their goals of healthy, active living."

Karen Moores, chair of the board of the Froude Avenue Community Centre, said the Centre is pleased to have received a $4,000 grant through the program.

"Our community has many residents who will be assisted in their participation in community recreation and social programs," said Ms. Moores. "Too often older residents are in their homes and not fully involved in community activities. This grant will provide the support needed to enable their involvement."

The Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program is application-based and provides up to $4,000 to assist in the delivery of new or enhanced recreational programs and services. For more information, please visit: www.tcr.gov.nl.ca/tcr/sports/seniors_community.html 


Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca
Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-2646
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca

Veronica Hayden
Executive Assistant to
the Hon. Shawn Skinner, MHA
District of St. John’s Centre
709-729-2568
vhayden@gov.nl.ca
Enid Pendergast
Program Coordinator
Froude Avenue Community Centre
709-579-0763
enid@froude.ca


BACKGROUNDER
Senior Community Recreation Grants – 2009-2010

TOWN/COMMUNITY

FUNDING

PROJECT

Admiral's Beach

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment, organize senior outing
Appleton

$2,400

Purchase fitness equipment
Aquaforte

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment, organize training programs
Arnold's Cove

$4,000

Upgrade lounge area, build garden
Avalon Dragon Boating Association (Paradise)

$4,000

Establish pool-based fitness and outreach programs
Bay Roberts

$3,300

Organize walking program
Bird Cove

$4,000

Purchase exercise and gardening equipment
Bishop's Falls

$4,000

Reorganize senior curling program
Bonavista

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment,

trainer fees, hall rentals

Botwood

$4,000

Promote  Commit to Fit program, purchase equipment, rentals
Branch

$3,000

Purchase fitness equipment and instructional videos, hall rentals
Brigus

$4,000

Recreation area rentals, transportation
Burlington

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment
Cannings Cove

$3,200

Purchase recreation equipment, activity room repairs
Carbonear

$4,000

Purchase equipment, program promotion
Cavendish

$4,000

Purchase equipment, organize outdoor recreation activities
Centreville-Wareham-Trinity

$2,000

Purchase equipment, organize recreation activities
Channel-Port aux Basques

$4,000

Establish aqua-fitness program, bowling, dance clubs
Clarenville

$4,000

Establish self-sufficient aerobics program
Come By Chance

$4,000

Establish recreation activities: swimming, bowling, movies, recreation centre rentals
Comfort Cove-Newstead

$4,000

Purchase additional fitness equipment, landscaping and trail upkeep
Conception Bay South

$4,000

Establish swim fitness program, participation in annual events: Winterfest, Canada Day
Conception Harbour

$4,000

Purchase equipment, rental space, instructor fees
Cormack

$4,000

Purchase equipment, program promotion, organize field trips
Cottlesville

$4,000

Establish photography program, program promotion
Cow Head

$4,000

Purchase new equipment, rental fees
Cox's Cove

$4,000

Purchase equipment, establish dance program
Deer Lake

$4,000

Organize transportation, rental fees, program promotion
Dildo

$4,000

Establish walking program, purchase safety supplies
Eastport

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment, establish 50+ club
Ferryland

$4,000

Purchase equipment, rental fees
Flower's Cove

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment
Fogo Island Central

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment
Froude Avenue Community Centre (St. John's)

$4,000

Establish mall walkers, bowling, traditional dance clubs
Gambo

$4,000

Organize recreational activities: boat and walking tours, gym memberships
Gillams

$3,000

Purchase equipment, instructor fees
Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook

$3,000

Organize fitness program, community garden, gym rentals, senior game night
Goulds Recreation Association

$4,000

Upgrade/purchase fitness equipment
Grand Bank

$4,000

Purchase fitness and recreation equipment
Hant's Harbour

$4,000

Construction/completion of recreation centre
Happy Valley-Goose Bay

$4,000

Develop aerobics area for seniors
Harbour Main-Chapel Cove-Lakeview

$4,000

Develop new senior meeting place
Heart's Content

$2,000

Purchase equipment, organize transportation
Herring Neck

$4,000

Recreation centre up-keep, purchase equipment
Horwood

$1,200

Purchase fitness equipment
Hughes Brook

$4,000

Purchase benches for walking trails, organize physical education programs: dancing, aerobics, nutrition
Humber Arm South

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment
Isle aux Morts

$4,000

Establish new chapter of

 Good Samaritan 50+ Club

Joe Batt's Arm-Barr'd Islands-Shoal Bay

$4,000

Construct gazebo
Kiwanis Club (Conception Bay South)

$4,000

Establish swimming, dry land fitness and gardening programs
L'Anse au Clair

$4,000

Purchase equipment, instructor fees
La Scie

$4,000

Purchase recreation supplies (art, fitness), organize field trips
Lawn

$4,000

Construct walking trail
Lewisporte

$4,000

Establish seniors fitness program, organize skating, walking, bowling activities
Little Bay East

$4,000

Purchase dance equipment, recreation centre maintenance
Local Service District of Pollard's Point

$2,000

Upgrade local recreation activities, annual event funding
Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove

$4,000

Purchase aerobic and walking equipment
Loon Bay

$4,000

Organize bi-weekly social meetings and outings, recreation centre rental fees
MacMorran Community Centre (St. John's)

$4,000

Continued wage support and

promotional costs

Makinsons

$4,000

Purchase recreation and fitness equipment
Mary's Harbour

$4,000

Construct community garden
Marystown

$4,000

Establish aerobics program, organize healthy living seminars
Meadows

$4,000

Construct walking trail
Milltown/Head of Bay d'Espoir

$1,800

Organize nutritional workshop, purchase low stress recreation equipment
Mobile

$4,000

Enhance pool area and picnic tables
Mount Pearl

$4,000

Organize walking club
New Perlican

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment, instructor fees
Newville

$4,000

Purchase equipment, venue rental
New-Wes-Valley

$4,000

Establish nutrition initiative, venue rental, purchase equipment
New-Wes-Valley/Lumsden/Greens Pond/Cape Freels

$4,000

Purchase rubber matting for indoor walking club
Norman's Cove-Long Cove

$2,200

Purchase training videos and fitness equipment
North West River

$3,600

Purchase fitness equipment
Paradise

$1,800

Establish senior walking tours and River Rangers group
Pasadena

$4,000

Enhance outreach program and social events, establish walking club
Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove

$4,000

Upgrade fitness and recreation equipment
Placentia

$4,000

Organize public events, purchase new recreation club supplies
Port au Port East

$3,800

Purchase nutritional aids, establish walking and dance clubs
Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment, instructor training
Postville

$3,000

Purchase fitness and walking equipment
Pouch Cove

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment, instructor fees
Robert's Arm

$4,000

Program promotion, transportation, recreation centre upkeep
Sop's Arm

$4,000

Provide transportation to gym, purchase recreation equipment
South Brook

$4,000

Organize field trips (swimming, bowling)
Spaniard's Bay

$4,000

Construct community garden
Springdale

$4,000

Organize walking and curling clubs, annual fitness day
St. George's

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment
St. Lawrence

$4,000

Purchase instructional materials and fitness equipment
St. Lewis

$4,000

Organize field trips and clubs: walking, sports, crafts
St. Lunaire-Griquet

$4,000

Purchase fitness equipment
Stag Harbour

$4,000

Purchase fitness and recreation equipment
Steady Brook

$4,000

Organize pool fitness, nutrition seminars
Summerford

$4,000

Purchase fitness and recreation equipment
Sunnyside

$4,000

Develop wellness classes, walking club, skill sessions
Swift Current/Black River

$4,000

Purchase recreation equipment and materials to organize a spring bbq/social program
Three Rock Cove

$4,000

Organize recreation events (dances/ darts)
Torbay

$4,000

Establish regional walking program, program promotion
Twin Town Seniors Club (Clarenville)

$4,000

Continued support of 50+club
Upper Island Cove

$4,000

Construct garden
Westport

$3,800

Organize recreation activities and day trips
Whitbourne

$2,500

Purchase fitness equipment, organize social events
Witless Bay

$4,000

Organize fitness and recreation programs
Woody Point

$3,600

Purchase fitness and recreation equipment
YM/YWCA (St. John's)

$4,000

Establish recreation programs: bowling, traditional dance, mall walking
 
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