Provincial Grant Supports Heathier Living In Mission

By May 22, 2014Mission News

Submitted. A grant from the B.C. Government will help fund a Collaborative Youth Health Practices Initiative, Mission MLAs Marc Dalton and Simon Gibson announced today.

A grant of approximately $20,000 will be used to help identify the gaps in youth services and expand services offered by the initiative, which provides meaningful, social and healthy activities for low-income and marginalized youth.

“Our community cares about our young people,” Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton said. “This initiative helps kids gain more control over their lives and gives them a better chance at a bright future.”

“It can be tough for some young people to see the opportunities available to them,” Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson said. “This program helps young people have a more positive outlook.”

This grant is awarded under the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant, which supports local government in learning about the needs of their residents in the fields of mental health, physical activity and literacy. More than 150 applications were received from communities across the province for projects as diverse as active transportation planning and urban agriculture promotion.

“Though B.C. is one of the healthiest provinces in Canada, we must continue to work together at all levels of government to foster health-minded citizens and communities,” Minister of Health Terry Lake said. “It is important for healthy living to start where we live, work, learn and play. These grants help support local governments to work collaboratively within their communities to make lasting change in the health of British Columbians.”

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