Burlington MPP Natalie PIerre was on hand for the Lunar New Year celebration hosted by Redleaf Cultural Integration (RCI) last weekend to recognize the recent Trillium Foundation funding received by the group.
RCI received a $140,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant in May 2022. According to a press release issued by RCI, this investment supports a range of community programs, including the Jan. 21 multicultural celebration at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, a choir, dance and fitness classes, tai chi classes and Chinese painting classes.
According to RCI, the grant supported their efforts to rebuild resilience and return to building healthy, vibrant communities.
“I am pleased that the Redleaf Cultural Integration has received a Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation allowing them to continue offering culturally oriented programs,” said Pierre. “These programs help newcomers feel valued and respected, reduce isolation and lead to better health outcomes, improved education, increased economic opportunities all while enhancing the life of Burlington residents.”
RCI programs were attended by hundreds of participants during the pandemic. The grant enabled the organization to continue to run programming to reduce isolation during COVID, maintain a hybrid platform for social connection and build resilience.
"The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be overstated,” said Lily Hudson, Executive Director of RCI. “This grant has allowed much-needed culturally oriented community programs to proceed, especially during the COVID shutdown. We also want to congratulate the Ontario Trillium Foundation on 40 years of granting and building healthy and vibrant communities across the province.”
RCI is the only organization offering programs to the Chinese community in the City of Burlington. They provide seniors, youth and the general public with educational seminars and social activities to connect people and reduce isolation.
For more information about Redleaf Cultural Integration, visit: www.redleafculturalintegration.ca.
Last year the Ontario Trillium Foundation invested nearly $209 million in 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit otf.ca to learn more.