As the COVID-19 pandemic has increased social isolation among many older Canadians, organizations that serve seniors are more important than ever.
Vernon Winter Carnival Society has received funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The funds will be used to engage seniors in our community through the Vernon Winter Carnival annual festival. As part of the project Vernon Winter Carnival will be creating a series of videos, engaging local residents to tell their stories of past Vernon Winter Carnivals, allowing us to share knowledge and past experiences to future generations. The funding will also allow VWC to create a seniors event during the 2023 festival, along with other opportunities to ensure local seniors can engage in community events.
The Program is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster social inclusion and engagement in their communities.
“Thanks to the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Vernon Winter Carnival will make a significant difference in the lives of seniors in our community.” Says Laurell Cornell, Chair of Vernon Winter Carnival Society. “We have always prided ourselves on the traditions of Vernon Winter Carnival and now we have the opportunity to honour those who built this legacy in our community.”
VWC is currently seeking individuals to be interviewed for the video portion of this project. If you or someone you know might be interested in participating, contact us today. The 63rd Annual Vernon Winter Carnival, presented by Valley First runs February 3-12, 2023.
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