New Horizons for Seniors is a federal program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. These grants have funded the following programs and projects:
New program development: Watercolours, Line Dance, Urban Poling, Ballroom Dance, Meditation, Latin Dance, Older Adult Weight Training and Belly dance.
Programming equipment and materials: Watercolour art supplies, 10 sets of Urban poles, weight training equipment, 5 laptop computers and software, sound system, projector, screen and 100-cup coffee maker.
Term contract positions: Program Coordinator, Program Development and Design Officer, Coordinator of Volunteers
Branding and Design services: Website, Logo, Letterhead, Business cards, Membership cards, Signage, Brochure, Poster and Name tags.
Facility rental for programming, Book launch for our Writing group.
Making Connections: The project was designed to help PAL (55+) become more inclusive and representative of the community it serves and had two distinct streams: fulfilling PAL (55+)’s commitment to the Indigenous Accord, and collaborating with ethno-cultural groups within its geographic area.
In the area of human resource, MASC has provided guidance and counselling in applying for Federal and Provincial Grants while at the same time sending letters of support which added credibility to the organization’s applications. From 2009 to 2011, the Executive Director of MASC attended PAL Board of Directors’ meetings and other meetings of Standing Committees, which greatly strengthened this fledgeling senior centre.
Membership in MASC also allowed PAL to receive discounts to the cost of registration for various conferences. MASC also advertises the existence of PAL and publicly commends its growth.
4. Government of Manitoba – Bridge Grant and Safe at Home Grant
The Manitoba Safe At Home Grant allowed PAL (55+) to provide much needed programming free of charge to older adults in our communities during January to March 2021. The impact of this was profound for many older adults who participated in our programs. Testimonials indicated that participants: felt an increased sense of control over their life and health, learned new things, improved their fitness level, uplifted their spirits, kept them motivated and inspired, and were generally appreciated for their positive effects on mental and physical well-being.
5. The Winnipeg Foundation
We believe that people are our greatest asset, and to strengthen our community, we applied for, and received funding from The Winnipeg Foundation to hire a Volunteer/Program Coordinator and purchase a Customer Relationship Management database. The Volunteer/Program Coordinator will help us as we grow and set new goals to build a diverse ethno-cultural and inclusive community through outreach and programming. S/he will focus on retaining and growing our base of committed volunteers, something Winnipeggers are noted for. The Customer Relationship Management database will help us manage the organization’s membership, programming, financial information, and general recordkeeping.
We wish to thank The Winnipeg Foundation for their generosity in providing funding support for this effort. The Winnipeg Foundation connects donors from all walks of life with local charitable organizations that help our city flourish, for all. The Foundation is an endowment-based organization which means gifts received are pooled and invested. The income generated provides a stable source of support for our community For Good. Forever.
The Foundation makes community grants to charitable organizations in support of the following Cause areas: Arts, Culture & Heritage, Children, Youth & Families, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health, Wellness & Recreation, Literacy, Education & Employment. In 2020, it distributed $73 million to the community.Established in 1921, The Winnipeg Foundation is Canada’s first community foundation. Today, it is a leader in what has become an international philanthropic movement.
We look forward to having you join us as a PAL (55+) volunteer!
In 2020, the Winnipeg Foundation awarded a Stabilization Grant to Pembina Active Living (55+) in the amount of $34,828.
This support from the Winnipeg Foundation allowed PAL (55+) to transition programming and socialization from in person to online through the acquisition of necessary software licenses and helped to keep PAL (55+) financially viable at a time of unprecedented challenges and multiple lost revenue streams. It also allowed the PAL (55+) Board and Committees to continue to meet safely while observing physical distancing protocols that were recommended or required by the government and health officials.