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City of Surrey Receives $25,000 Federal Grant for Audio and Visual Equipment for Seniors

Surrey seniors playing cards

August 20, 2013

Surrey, BC – Surrey has received a $25,000 ‘New Horizon’s Program Grant for Seniors’ to purchase audio and visual enhancement equipment for seniors’ programs and presentations.

The City’s Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee applied for the grant based on feedback received from participants in the ‘Focus on Seniors’ forums and the Committee’s resolve to provide services for the community’s vulnerable populations. A recurring comment from the forums is that some participants have difficulty seeing or hearing the presentation materials.

"Surrey is committed to providing programs, services, and infrastructure to support our aging population," said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. "This grant is important because it will make available hearing and visual support tools that will increase opportunities for seniors with diminished visual and aural abilities to have equal access to resources and information."

“We all know that aging can affect our vision and hearing,” says Surrey Councillor Barbara Steele, Chair of the Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee. “Having this equipment is important for inclusion. It is much needed to help ensure that our seniors can participate fully in the City’s programs.”

City staff in consultation with community partners and the Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee are currently researching the technologies available that will suit the purpose of enhancing sound and visual acuity for participant groups of up to 200 people. Utilizing these assistive technologies will contribute to the City’s commitment to being an age-friendly community where all people are active and engaged.

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Media Contact:

Amanda Silvers
Senior Communications Specialist, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604-591-4519