MEDIA RELEASE – Summer Camp for Seniors Celebrates Upcoming Renovations on Toronto Islands
July 28, 2017
$250,000 Ontario150 Capital Grant and City of Toronto Support Give New Life to Summer Camp for Seniors
Toronto – On Friday morning, Sunshine Centres for Seniors welcomed members of the public to a Sock Hop and BBQ to celebrate upcoming renovations to their summer day camp for Seniors Centre on the Toronto Islands. Sunshine Centre staff and City of Toronto Waterfront Parks Manager James Dann will be in attendance to unveil the drawings of the finished Centre. The Centre’s staff were also presented with a certificate from Trinity-Spadina MPP Han Dong.
“I am thrilled to see both the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation acknowledge the benefit that this grant brings to the Sunshine Centre and to the community of Ward’s Island. Improving accessibility for those attending the Camp Sunshine Program will have a positive impact on seniors while addressing the importance of inclusiveness and living a happy and healthier lifestyle.” – Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina
Thanks to a $250,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant from the Province of Ontario, an initiative that is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and a generous contribution from the City of Toronto, these renovations will improve the accessibility of the Centre by increasing the number of wheelchair accessible washroom stalls, including the addition of a universal washroom, making the building more accessible to the 1,900 seniors who attend the Sunshine Centres’ unique Camp Sunshine program during the summer months. This project will also extend the life of the Centre by repairing structural elements of the building, redoing the exterior cladding, and replacing the roof.
“We are very honoured and excited to be the recipient of an Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Jacquie Buncel, Executive Director of Sunshine Centres for Seniors. “This grant will allow much-needed renovations to be made to our centre on Ward’s Island. Because of this grant, Sunshine Centres will be able to better serve seniors from across Toronto.”
For 47 years, Sunshine Centres for Seniors has been providing social, recreational, and health promotion programs to seniors in Toronto. To learn more about how it helps seniors lead active and engaged lives, please visit sunshinecentres.com.
Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is an agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario150 Community Capital Program grants are helping non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. The one-time, Ontario150 grant has been designed to help honour Ontario’s past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.
For more information, please contact:
JESSICA DAVIS, Communications and Resource Development Coordinator
Sunshine Centres for Seniors