On July 25, 2014 Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong, visited Tonari Gumi to announce the awarding of a $52,300 grant under the New Horizons for Seniors program to Tonari Gumi, on behalf of the Japanese Canadian community in the Lower Mainland of BC, to fund the “Lighthouse Project for At-Risk Japanese Seniors”. Under this program, both Tonari Gumi and the Nikkei Senior Health Care & Housing Society will be able to expand and improve programs to assist seniors with mild to moderate dementia.
In particular, there is the Iki Iki program at Nikkei Place and now, with the help of this New Horizons grant, there will be a Lighthouse Iki Iki Project at Tonari Gumi and an Iki Iki at the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Minister Wong met with the seniors at Tonari Gumi and joined them for their regular Friday Japanese lunch program. This is the first time both Tonari Gumi and the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society have jointly applied for and received a grant to assist the community. Also including the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will involve the vast majority of the Japanese Canadian community in the Lower Mainland of BC.