Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Finding Funds for the Elderly

Gaming grant money plunked into peer counselling service 

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus


he Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors are receiving more than $22,500.00 in support, thanks to a Community Gaming grant announced by Chilliwack MLA John Martin.


“Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors has been serving the community of Chilliwack since 1999,” says founding member Helene Long. “Our purpose is to enhance the social and mental health of seniors in the city of Chilliwack. We especially reach out to isolated, lonely seniors. Our volunteer peer counsellors are usually retirees who come with knowledge from their previous occupations and take a training course to help them with counselling skills.  After the training we match each peer counsellor with a senior who needs help. Our motto is: Everyone needs a helping hand sometime.”


“This is such an important service in Chilliwack, giving our seniors the chance to support one another,” says MLA John Martin. “It’s heart-warming to know that this group is continuing to help seniors in their time of need, because that’s what a strong community is built upon.”


These grants have been awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Environment and Sports.


In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.


Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at



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