Feds support Joggins seniors video games league
JOGGINS – Don’t be fooled by the lack of construction crews, carpenters or engineers: the federal government just delivered a bowling alley, tennis court and much more to seniors living in Joggins.
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Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong picked up a spare at the legion in Joggins playing the Nintendo Wii’s bowling video game, but the federal funding announcement to pay for electrical upgrades, televisions and video game consoles for seniors and veterans to enjoy was a perfect score with the community.
Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong arrived at the Joggins Legion on Friday to inspect the fruits of the $7,200 investment through the New Horizons for Seniors program offered by Employment and Social Development Canada. The money provided for electrical upgrades to the Legion, new televisions, two Nintendo Wii consoles, and lots of fun for veterans, Legion members and especially seniors who now have a Seniors Wii Sports League to call on for staying active using motion-detecting games like bowling and tennis.
“As a federal member of the government, we try to support seniors across the country and one of those programs is the New Horizons for Seniors,” Armstrong said. “This is one of the neatest ones I think we’ve done. I really do think giving the area a [digital] bowling alley and several other options is great.”
Keeping the building up to date and sage, Joggins Legion President Dara Legere said, is important, but having reasons for veterans, seniors and the public to have reasons for using the Legion is what promotes longevity for one of the cornerstones of the community.
“This legion has been part of the community for 87 years, from World War 1 to Afghanistan” Leger said.
Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie, who attended the program unveiling, says the funding for the Joggins Legion is a commitment to the volunteers who add to the quality of life in rural communities.
“Legion’s are an asset for the entire community. A place were our veterans can gather, our seniors can gather and youth can gather,” Baillie said. “This announcement is strengthening our communities.”