Seniors project receives federal support

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From left are Debbie St John-de Wit, executive director; Stephanie Hemmerick, health promotion consultant; MP Guy Lauzon; Jessica McLeod, registered dietitian; Chris Clapp, coordinator of community health and wellness programs.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Thanks to financial support, announced today by MP Guy Lauzon, seniors in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry will have new opportunities to participate in social and educational activities.

In all, Lauzon announced over $170,000 in projects for the coming months, through the New Horizon for Seniors Program. The first local project called, “The Cooking Circle,” will receive $25,000.

the announcement was made at the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC), on Pitt Street in Cornwall.

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and TR Leger Immigrant Services, the SVCHC staff will support seniors while they mentor youth in cooking skills, and in return, the youth will pass along their expertise in technology, such as iPads, Facebook, Twitter.

“Our government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy” said Lauzon. “By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.”

SVCHC will run six sessions, for six weeks, for high-school-age youth and older adults, 55 and over.  A professional cook will work alongside a dietitian to increase knowledge of nutrition.

Older adults and youth interested in participating can register by contacting SVCHC at 613-936-0306 ext. 229. Students will receive community service hours for their participation.

Organizations: Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, New Horizon, Boys and Girls Club

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Pitt Street New Horizons

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