Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards

Recipient Name: The 411 Seniors Centre Society
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Date: 2008-03-03
Value: $88,406.00
Type: Grant
Purpose: In order to promote the health and well-being of those at-risk, 39 unattached senior women on fixed incomes will be trained and supported to record, publish, promote and distribute the life stories of 100 other women of similar circumstances around the province. This fresh approach will decrease isolation and increase cultural participation in mainstream society for both these volunteers and the 100 women whose stories they record. The proposed activities will provide enhanced social engagement, skill building, validation of women's lived experiences and increased societal visibility for participants. These efforts will also result in a collection of stories offering valuable insights into life lessons learned by Canadian women over several decades. The stories will benefit the younger generation which does not always understand how much and why women's life roles have evolved over time. While offering a historic grounding, this project will also demonstrate the continuing ability of seniors to make meaningful cultural contributions.