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Seniors to benefit from Age-friendly B.C. grant

Seniors in 100 Mile House will soon benefit from a $20,000 Age-friendly BC grant from the B.C. Government.

The grant will support hiring an information and volunteer co-ordinator and setting up an advisory committee.

The committee will choose and start implementing priorities beginning with the establishment of a network of contacts in “satellite” communities to improve communication and coordination of services in the region.

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said “with our population getting older, it’s important that services be suited to the needs of seniors in our community. That’s why I’m glad to see older residents in 100 Mile House benefitting from this Age-friendly BC grant.”

100 Mile House is one of 26 communities across the province to receive an Age-friendly BC grant this year.

All applications were reviewed by a committee made up of staff from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Ministry of Health. A total of more than $480,000 will be awarded to this year’s successful applicants.

The Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grant Program is a partnership between the B.C. Government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The program allows local governments to establish or continue projects that support the needs of older residents. To date, it has funded more than 200 projects aimed at keeping seniors active, healthy and independent.

To learn more about Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grants please visit www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.

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