Pemberton one of twenty-six BC communities to receive Age-Friendly BC grant
$20,000 grant to fund new “Seniors Interacting Through Art” program
Pemberton, BC – The Village of Pemberton and Electoral Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) will receive a $20,000 Age-friendly Community Project grant to develop a new program for area seniors in 2014. Seniors Interacting Through Art will bring seniors from Pemberton, Area C of the SLRD and Mount Currie together to explore opportunities for creative self-expression in a friendly and safe environment. The Pemberton and Area C Recreation Service will oversee the development and implementation of the program which will run between April and November 2014.
“This successful funding application was the direct result of two local governments working cooperatively for the benefit of the entire community,” says Susie Gimse, Director of SLRD Electoral Area C. “We thank the Village of Pemberton Council and staff for supporting this important initiative, which will help to build inclusivity and a climate of respect for area seniors.”
“Families, including infants and youth through to adults and seniors are the cornerstone of this community.” says Jordan Sturdy, Mayor of Pemberton. “We’re delighted that through this collaboration we’ll be able to create and increase programing that will help to ensure our seniors are supported to live active, socially engaged and independent lives.”
Seniors will participate in one or more free or low cost artistic activities each month including drawing, painting, pottery, photography, drama, drum-making, basket-weaving, beading and more. Structured to offer seniors enhanced opportunities to meet and socialize with people from neighbouring communities, most activities will take place at either the Pemberton Community Centre in Pemberton or the Ull’us Community Complex in Mount Currie.
Participating in art programs has been shown to have a positive and lasting effect on the health and well-being of seniors. Recent studies have demonstrated that older adults who participate in art programs have fewer doctor visits, lower health care costs, use less medication, experience lower rates of depression, and even have fewer risk factors for entering a nursing home.
The Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grant program is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. To date, age-friendly grants have funded over 200 projects in over 120 BC communities, helping to keep seniors active, healthy and independent. To learn more about Age-friendly Community Planning and Project grants, please visit www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.
More information about the Seniors Interacting Through Art program, including program dates and registration details, will be announced early in 2014. To learn more, please contact the Pemberton Community Centre at (604) 894-2340 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeannette Nadon, Communications & Grants Coordinator