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Harrison Hot Springs receives age-friendly grant

NDP announced $15,000 in funding
Chilliwack Kent-MLA Kelli Paddon, seen here at a press conference in October, recently announced a grant for Harrison Hot Springs toward age-friendly planning. (Black Press File Photo)

The village of Harrison Hot Springs is set to receive a grant to benefit senior citizens.

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon recently announced a $15,000 grant to the village to implement ideas in the Age-Friendly Action Plan to keep older residents engaged with the community and “living active, socially engaged, independent lives.”

“The choice to age-in-place is something that I wish for all seniors across British Columbia, and it’s great to see the Village of Harrison Hot Springs taking action to keep seniors engaged with the community, active, and healthy right here at home,” Paddon stated. “Collaborating with municipalities on initiatives like this allows us to support amazing local ideas that make communities better places to live.”

Some examples of past projects that received grant funding include age-friendly planning added to the official community plan in Campbell River and creating an infrastructure-focused action plan for seniors in Surrey.

The Age-friendly Communities (AFC) program has provided a total of $500,000 in age-friendly grants in communities across the province this year, including six Indigenous communities. The AFC brings together the provincial government and the B.C. Healthy Communities Society, a non-profit dedicated to developing healthy, thriving communities.

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