CANADA’S NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS FUND
This film was made possible through community-based project funding from Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Fund, a federal grants program that provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and in their communities. Visit the Fund’s Website for more information.
POWELL RIVER EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SOCIETY (PRESS)
PRESS is a BC-registered Indigenous-led non-profit society incorporated in 2008. The society was created to manage the diverse social and economic benefits to Coast Salish communities that emerged through an innovative partnership between educators, the private sector and Klahoose First Nation. Today, PRESS continues to implement community-centred educational, social, cultural and economic initiatives in the traditional territories of the Tla’amin and Klahoose Nations through imaginative approaches and partnerships in education and training, and the creation of broad-based stakeholder groups around specific aspects of our mission statement. A core mission of the society is to assist vulnerable, marginalized or at-risk individuals and groups to overcome social and economic barriers by learning meaningful skills in diverse settings. Those we serve include persons with disabilities, youth, seniors, women, First Nation communities and individuals, people on low fixed income and individuals and families at risk of homeless. PRESS held the NHS grant for this project. Visit the PRESS website for more information.
OUR COMMUNITY: POWELL RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Set within the traditional lands of Tla’amin First Nation, we are a small, remote community accessible only by air or ferry. The Tla’amin Nation, the City of Powell River and the surrounding qathet Regional District are, together, home to a population of just over 20,000 people, with older workers and seniors forming a significant demographic. Located 130 km north of Vancouver, British Columbia, the community is bordered by forests, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Everyone involved in the film has strong connections with this area, which has helped to foster our sense of self-worth and adventure as we age.