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Three Durham Projects Receive Provincial Funding

Projects led by local community groups to help make Durham healthier

DURHAM -- Three Durham community organizations received project funding from the Province in July.

Almost $75,000 was presented between the three groups. The Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham received $27,861, Girls Incorporated of Durham received $25,537 and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ajax-Pickering received $20,544.

The 2012-2013 Healthy Communities Fund grants came from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

"Our government is proud to support innovative and collaborative local projects that promote healthy living in communities across Ontario," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

The WMRCC of Durham received funding for its Women's Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles Project.

"This initiative focuses on implementing holistic healthy eating choices, physical activities and mental health promotion to women from diverse backgrounds who are survivors of violence and trauma through workshops over the next year," said Monica Olenroot, WMRCC of Durham board president.

Esther Enyolu, executive director for WMRCC of Durham, said the initiative provides an opportunity for the organization to work with Herizon House and The Denise House.

Pickering-Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles praised the project.

"The Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham is creating an atmosphere of comfort, growth and inspiration for many women in need," she said. "This grant will enhance the capacity to create a culture of health and well-being, and thereby build healthier communities."

Girls Inc. of Durham received funding for its Mind and Body initiative, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ajax-Pickering received funding for its Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds expansion project.

"Programs like these provide more opportunities for residents of Ajax-Pickering to make healthier choices and helps to keep our community growing stronger and healthier," said Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson, who accepted an Outstanding Service Award from Girls Inc. of Durham on behalf of the Province recently, in honour of Ontario's continued support of the organization.

The Healthy Communities Fund helps organizations deliver programs promoting physical activity, healthy eating, injury prevention, tobacco control, mental health, sport and recreation, along with alcohol and substance abuse. The fund has supported 488 projects in Ontario since 2009.


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