In the fall of 1972, Franco Gucciardo entertained discussions with the Allied Jewish Community Services, specifically
about the elderly, which opened a new area of social involvement in support of the "Golden Age" population. Health
and Welfare Canada initiated the New Horizons program to help the community organize and develop a variety of projects
in support of their objectives to help the elderly. The example and guidance of the AJCS helped COPRAS in its promotion
efforts for similar initiatives for the Italian community.
The initial steps leading to a New Horizons project were taken at Our Lady of Pompei parish; this, because the COPRAS
offices were located there and COPRAS could count on additional support from parishioners.
Franco Gucciardo and Monique Begin, Member of Parliament for St-Michel, shared thoughts on how to help the elderly.
The following documents provide a chronological (historical) account of the creation of the first "circolo ricreativo
per anziani" i.e. golden age club that was to be supported by the New Horizons program.
In this area, the objective for COPRAS was to organize groups of elderly and help them to be autonomous and involved.
The initial project for the elderly of St-Michel
Discussions with New Horizons program officers led N.O.I. to revise with COPRAS' help the proposed project