MPP Laura Smith Congratulates Navillera Korean Dance Company on Being a Recipient of the Seniors Community Grant

Seniors Community Grants Supports Seniors’ Programs in Thornhill

THORNHILL – The Ontario government is investing in its seniors in Thornhill by funding projects that will help seniors stay safe, fit, active, healthy and socially connected across the community with Seniors Community Grants. Recently, MPP Laura Smith paid a visit to Navillera Korean Dance Company, who received $24,000 to continue to offer 16-week Korean Traditional Dance workshops for seniors in the Vaughan area.

“These investments make a big difference in the lives of Ontario’s older adults here in Thornhill” said MPP Laura Smith. “Age should not detract from individuals when it comes to their overall enjoyment of life. As I always say, we support our not-for-profits, because they support us.”

“Seniors Community Grants are keeping our seniors fit, active, healthy and socially connected close to home, in their communities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government is proud to invest in these projects with local organizations to meet the needs of seniors, provide the supports seniors need and deserve that also help to battle social isolation.”

“It has been my pleasure to teach Korean Dance and traditional Korean Drumming to seniors in our community,” said Heerin Kim, Artistic Director at Navillera Korean Performing Arts Development. “This program is a fun exercise for seniors and a very good exercise for their mental health at the same time. It also serves as an opportunity to improve their quality of life.”

These projects are part of the 305 Seniors Community Grants investing into communities across Ontario this year. Since 2018, Ontario has funded 1249 community-based projects and invested almost $22 million dollars in Seniors Community Grants that have kept seniors fit, active, healthy and connected while helping to end social isolation and combat ageism.

Applications for this years Seniors Community Grants close at 5:00pm on March 6, 2023. Eligible organizations can apply for a Seniors Community Grant by visiting Seniors Community Grants will be announced in June during Seniors Month.