Beginning in 2017, Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE) piloted an initiative called Mentoring Plus through provincial and federal grants. Pilot activities took place in the communities of New Glasgow, Truro and Kentville. During the pilot stage, over 80 seniors (55 years of age and older) participated in information sessions and activities along with high schools, community organizations and others engaged with the initiative.
In summer 2019, CCE responded to a call for proposals issued by Employment and Social Development Canada’s Department of Seniors: New Horizons for Seniors – Pan Canadian Stream. The New Horizons program aims to support innovative projects that create a significant impact in communities, meet the growing social needs of seniors and implement a Collective Impact Plan to increase the social inclusion of seniors.
In the Spring of 2019, Dal CCE learned it was one of 19 successful applicants. The Mentoring Plus initiative was awarded funding to implement the program at the three community sites: New Glasgow, Truro and Kentville and their surrounding regions.
As the Mentoring Plus Strategy is developed and implemented, Dalhousie College of Continuing Education remains the backbone organization of the project, providing support and guidance. Each Municipality is a collaborating partner, ensuring the strategy is carried out to the full benefit of each community.