The Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan has worked hard to obtain grants from the government so that we may be able to provide for the Filipino community and the wider community.
Seniors Community Grant (SCG) 2020
The Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan was awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Seniors Community Grant Program – Stream 1 Local Initiative. Our goal is to increase and improve the social participation and inclusion of seniors in our community by offering different programs such as basic computer training, ballroom, and yoga. However, because of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown, ballroom and yoga were substituted with Arnis Martial Arts. Both Computer Class and Arnis Martial Arts benefited seniors with their mental health and physical health. Often seniors are isolated in their homes and may not be getting the physical activity and social interaction that they need. Since the implementation of Quarantine and Lockdown, our seniors were stuck at home and had very little social interaction with members of the community. Through the Seniors Community Grant, the FCAV seniors participated these activities such as Basic Computer Training and Arnis Martial arts thus engaging them in active living and prolonging their life.
New Horizon Grant for Seniors 2020
The aim of our project is to support our seniors in Vaughan by promoting socialization, mental health and physical health through gardening the area near the Philippine Canadian Friendship Parkette sign as well as, through line dancing and Zumba classes.
It has been shown through many studies that horticulture which includes activities like gardening can improve the quality of life for seniors. In fact, a study has shown that it can reduce pain, lessen stress and lower the need for medication. Not only do we want to target improving mental health for our seniors, we also want to improve their physical health through activities like line dancing and Zumba which gets them moving in a fun way. New Horizons for Seniors Grant
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program grant, the FCAV seniors can participate in activities such as line dancing and Zumba thus engaging in active living and prolonging their life. We will also be using a portion of the New Horizons for Seniors Program grant to renovate and repair the gym, in order to provide a safer space to our seniors.
Participants of the basic computer training held their graduation at Patricia Kemp Community Center on Sep. 7, 2019 The training was funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). Regional Councillor Gino Rosati of the City of Vaughan awarded the certificates to the graduates. Some of the participants were not able to attend the ceremony. The instructor was Sonny Martinez (CPA, CGA).The assistant was Attila, Apps Eng. The Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan, headed by Erlinda Insigne, pres, applied for the funding.
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program grant, the FCAV seniors are able to participate in activities such as tai-chi, line dancing and karaoke thus engaging in active living and prolonging their life.
With the assistance of this grant, the Patricia Kemp Community Centre will be able to complete much-needed renovations that are important to the function of the centre. The funds will go to mechanical systems upgrade which includes air-conditioning, replacing old lead pipes, improving accessibility and emergency exits, and improving the kitchen area.
The grant will be used to install a handicap access and an elevator so that the persons with disabilities will be able to avail the activities that FCAV offers including karaoke singing, tai-chi, line dancing and more.
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