The Province is providing $76,000 for a program that helps multicultural seniors, who are new to Canada, feel more comfortable and confident when they are out in the community.
The Seniors Enrichment Program supports Korean-speaking and Farsi-speaking seniors in the Lower Mainland, helping them to be self-reliant. The program is operated through S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of B.C.’s largest social services agencies.
“I’m proud that government supports programs that empower seniors to live life to the fullest,” said Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer, who made the announcement on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake. “The Seniors Enrichment Program ensures the foundations are in place to help multicultural families and seniors stay connected to their communities.”
Through the program, seniors take part in community tours to help them become familiar with local services. There are classes in basic English conversation to help seniors with daily activities like greeting others, shopping and transportation. The program also offers basic computer and smartphone classes, arts and crafts, and singing classes.
“We are grateful for the continued support from the Government of British Columbia. This project helps seniors engage and integrate in the community,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Including today’s announcement, the Ministry of Health has provided $904,000 to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. since 2001.
Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. provides services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth counselling, business and economic development, health care, housing and community development.
For more information on S.U.C.C.E.S.S., please visit www.success.bc.ca