The Age Friendly Community Initiative is thankful for the vision, financial support and collaborative spirit of the following funders:
Osprey Community Foundation is a charitable foundation that connects people who care with causes that matter in Nelson and the surrounding area. Osprey funded the first three-year phase of the AFC Initiative and has recently committed to continue supporting the initiative for another three years.
The Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations. CBT provided financial support for the first phase of the AFC Initiative and are now helping fund the Moving Together seniors’ transportation project.
Vancouver Foundation is a charitable community foundation working throughout BC to harness the gifts of ideas, money, time and energy to build a lasting legacy: health, vibrant, livable communities. Vancouver Foundation’s financial support has been fundamental to the success of the Moving Together seniors’ transportation project.
The Rural Development Institute is a regional centre of excellence in applied research and information provision. RDI supported the Reaching Out project with a Teck Serv Applied Research Internship grant, funded by Teck Trail Operations and supported by Selkirk College.
The BC Community Response Network facilitates prevention and education activities with local stakeholders toward an end to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of older adults. BCCRN has funded contributed funds to the Moving Together seniors’ transportation project and to improve the Kootenay Seniors website.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves an estimated population of 60,000 residents. The region consists of 11 electoral areas (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K) and nine member municipalities: Castlegar, Creston, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton and Slocan. RDCK provides area residents and communities with services, governance and representation in a manner that supports the economic, social and environmental goals of the region. They provide funding through Community Development grants and Community Initiatives Program and have supported many of the AFC Initiative’s projects, including Reaching Out and Moving Together.
The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) provides a common voice for local governments throughout BC. Their Age-Friendly Communities grant program helps local governments in BC to best support aging populations, develop and implement policies and plans, and develop projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities. Nelson CARES conducted an age-friendly community assessment of Nelson with a UBCM grant in 2016.
New Horizons for Seniors, Government of Canada
Empowering seniors, encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others in the community, and enhancing seniors’ social well-being and community vitality are goals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Program provides grants and contributions funding for projects. New Horizons funds the Kootenay Seniors project Growing Together: Conversations with Seniors and Youth.
United Way Lower Mainland works with local agencies, governments and donors to build their vision of a healthy, caring, inclusive community. United Way funds Kootenay Seniors’ Home Support and Seniors Transportation programs through their Better at Home program. Better at Home is a program that helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities. The Government of BC funds the program, United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it, and local non-profit organizations provide the services.
“Moving Together is an innovative social initiative that will have broad community impacts,” said Kevin McCort, CEO of the Vancouver Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to support projects that help seniors in rural areas develop stronger connections to their communities and contribute to their quality of life.”