RUTLAND, BC, CANADA—Federal Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong was in Rutland Wednesday to present almost $25,000 to the Dr. Gurmeet Singh Randhawa Seniors Society.
The money came from the federal New Horizons for Seniors program and will be used to install a new furnace, heating controls, and flooring as well as a new pool table at the center, located next to the Sikh temple in Rutland.
Wong said the money will provide a safe place for seniors to gather.
“Helping seniors in social isolation is my No. 1 goal,” she said during a brief ceremony in recognition of the funding.
“We want to encourage our seniors to get out of their homes and get involved. Seniors now have a wonderful place to spend their time.”
Wong said by supporting such programs and centers, seniors will be more active.
“Isolation for seniors is a very real concern for any community,” said Nirmal Singh Sahota, society president. “Without this help, the renovations simply would not be possible.”