MPP Rickford Announces Support in Kenora – Rainy River Through Seniors Community Grants Program

DRYDEN – Today, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River, announced the Ontario government is investing over $87,000 through the Seniors Community Grants program to help local not-for-profit community groups and organizations to deliver programs and learning opportunities for Ontarians aged 55+ in Kenora – Rainy River.

“As we wrap up Seniors Month this June, our government is committing to support local community organizations and not-for-profits through the Seniors Community Grants program,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “We understand that these seniors’ groups serve as the heart of our communities, providing essential programs and opportunities for Ontarians aged 55 and above, and we are dedicated to ensuring seniors remain active, connected, and thriving in the places they are proud to call home.”

Kenora – Rainy River recipients include:

  • Dryden Go-Getters – $10,715
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Fort Frances Branch – $3,485
  • Golden Age Manor (Emo) Inc.- $22,980
  • Sunrise Echoes (Sioux Narrows) Seniors Club – $24,978
  • The Township of La Vallee – $24,872

Every year, the Ontario government provides hundreds of Seniors Community Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 each. This funding allows community groups across the province to offer a wide variety of activities that help seniors to live independently, ensure their safety and security, connect them to their community, avoid isolation and help them achieve greater financial security and social connections.

“Our government is keeping our seniors safe, active and socially connected,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “That’s why we’re proud to provide support through the Seniors Community Grant Program, which gives so many people the opportunity to learn new skills, socialize and take part in community life.”

This announcement comes as Ontario marks Seniors Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of older people in the province.

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“Thank you, MPP Rickford, for your continuing support for our seniors in Dryden, surrounding areas and First Nation communities. The Open Mic program aims to provide opportunities for seniors to listen to performers and socialize with others or take part in exercise by dancing. Open Mic attracts all age groups so they can connect with their community which is an incentive for seniors to remain active, exercise and to mix with younger and older generations, and not feel isolated.” – Judy Crigger, President, Dryden Go-Getters

“On behalf of the tenants at Golden Age Manor, I would like to thank the province of Ontario for this funding which plays an important role in the social wellbeing of our resident seniors, and we are so looking forward to being able to implement different activities. One major activity the grant funding will support is a monthly resident community supper. We don’t always realize the impact and mental hardship it has on a senior, or anyone for that matter, to feel or be isolated and to not have someone to cook with, or for, or dine with. Having these monthly suppers, catered and at no cost to the tenants, is an excellent way for our tenants to feel included and as part of a community, not to mention ensuring that our seniors have access to a full and nutritional meal.” – Carissa Makarchuk, Property Manager, Golden Age Manor (Emo)

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Sunrise Echoes (Sioux Narrows) Seniors’ Club I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the provincial government for their support of our project, the ‘Northern A.C.C.E.S.S. (Arts. Culture. Community. Exercise. Social. Support) for Seniors’ program. This grant will go a long way to enhance the quality of life for older adults in the Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls communities of Northwestern Ontario.” – Jean Woods, Secretary, Board of Directors, Sunrise Echoes (Sioux Narrows) Seniors Centre

“The La Vallee 55+ Seniors Club is very appreciative of the government’s generous grant to support the well-being of the seniors in our community. These funds will provide opportunities to promote social activities through gatherings, sports and games, community meals, cultural field trips and educational presentations. The goal of the group is to reach out to residents of Lavallee and surrounding communities with activities which will promote physical and mental health.” – Pat Loshaw, Secretary/Treasurer, La Vallee 55+ Club