The provincial government wants to help make the 2024 BC Summer Games more accessible to seniors by giving the City of Maple Ridge a $9,700 grant for the volunteer engagement program.
In the latest round of age-friendly grants, Maple Ridge was one of 25 communities in B.C. that received money, which will be used to reduce barriers faced by seniors who would otherwise want to volunteer for the 2024 BC Summer Games.
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare said she was excited to see the city get money to encourage local seniors to participate in such an important event.
“By helping seniors to stay connected to their community, we are making Maple Ridge a great place to live, at any age,” said Beare.
Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, agreed and called the funding a great way to strengthen the community as a whole.
“Connecting seniors with the greater community not only improves their quality of life, but it also creates and strengthens intergenerational relationships across Maple Ridge,” said D’Eith.
The 2024 BC Summer Games will take place in Maple Ridge from July 18 to 21, with more information available at www.mapleridge.ca/summergames.