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, MLA Interlake
July 15, 2013

Eriksdale New Horizons 40th Anniversary

Mr. Speaker, after a lifetime of contributing to our province, our seniors deserve to be able to lead active, engaged lives in their retirement years. This June, the Eriksdale New Horizons seniors' club celebrated their 40th anniversary of working in the community.

New Horizons offers a variety of recreational programming for seniors in the Eriksdale area. Members can participate in shuffleboard, cards, board games, pool, quilting, Tai Chi and much, much more. The club offers congregate meals five days a week, giving members the opportunity to enjoy healthy, affordable meals in a social setting. Meals are delivered to seniors who have mobility issues. Seniors can also connect with members of other seniors programs in the region through regularly held fun days that different communities host in turn.

Many seniors face increasing social isolation as they age. Clubs like Eriksdale New Horizons don't just offer seniors a way to pass the time, they bring people together for companionship and community activity. I am proud to be a part of a government that believes in supporting our seniors programs such as the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative. We are working with communities like Eriksdale to ensure that seniors can stay active and healthy and continue to contribute to the fabric of our great province.

To celebrate this milestone, the club hosted an anniversary tea. I was very pleased to be able to attend and meet some of the dedicated participants and volunteers who have done so much work to make Eriksdale New Horizons a success. These committed individuals are truly an example of what can happen when members of the community work together, and they deserve recognition and thanks.

I invite all honourable members to join me in congratulating the Eriksdale New Horizons seniors' club on their 40th anniversary.

And, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to close by wishing my two old friends, Delbert and Steve, a safe journey back to Alberta.