News release

Safety Program Winners

Thirteen programs in the province that will help seniors live safer, healthier lives will benefit from grants announced today, Dec. 19, by the departments of Seniors and Justice.

The departments are funding the new Senior Safety Grant to help develop and enhance safety, crime prevention and health programs, improve communication between seniors and police, fund safety co-ordinators, and encourage more programs that include seniors and young people to promote respect and positive relationships between generations.

Four new programs and nine existing programs are receiving $243,997 in grants. Contributions included $193,997 from the Department of Seniors and $50,000 from the Department of Justice.

The grants support the Department of Seniors' Elder Abuse Strategy: Towards Awareness and Prevention, and the Department of Justice's crime prevention strategy, Time To Fight Crime Together. They fulfill commitments made by the departments to support programs so seniors can live in safe and supportive environments.

"These grants will help individuals and communities meet the safety needs of seniors," said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Seniors. "The effort put into the grants supports seniors today and for years to come."

"The interest in the grants shows a strong will and commitment from organizations in the province to improve their communities," said Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. "It's remarkable to see how many people are working together to develop these programs."

The new programs are:

  • Bridgewater Senior's Safety Program, $20,000
  • Senior Safety Program, Truro and Colchester County, $20,000
  • Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities, $19,250
  • Eskasoni Elders Safety, $20,000

Existing safety programs that have been awarded grants are:

  • Security for Seniors Association, Municipality of Clare. $10,700
  • Pictou County Senior Safety Program, $20,000
  • Seniors Safety Program Association of Hants County, $20,000
  • Antigonish Senior Safety Program, $20,000
  • Kings County Seniors Safety Program Association, $20,000
  • Digby RCMP Seniors Safety Program Association, $19,835
  • Annapolis County Seniors Safety Program Association, $20,000
  • Cole Harbour and District Senior Safety Program Association, $14,212
  • Fall River, RCMP Community Policing Safe Seniors Program, $20,000

The Department of Seniors will announce winners of grants under the Positive Aging Fund and the Age-Friendly Communities Program early in 2009. They support the Strategy for Positive Aging.

More details are available on the Department of Seniors website at www.gov.ns.ca/scs or by calling toll-free 1-800-670-0065.

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Thirteen programs in the province that will help seniors live safer, healthier lives will benefit from grants announced today, (December 19th) by the departments of Seniors and Justice.

Almost 244-thousand dollars in grants will go to four new programs and nine existing programs.

Minister of Seniors Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says the grants will help individuals and communities meet the safety needs of seniors.

Justice Minister Cecil Clarke says the interest in the grants shows a strong will and commitment from organizations to improve their communities.

More information on the grants and application forms are available on the Department of Seniors website.

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Media Contacts:

John Whidden
Department of Seniors 902-424-7957 Cell: 902-483-7271 E-mail:
Sherri Aikenhead
Department of Justice 902-424-3313 E-mail: