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Recognizing Ontario's Outstanding Seniors

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Recognizing Ontario's Outstanding Seniors

Ontario Celebrates Recipients of Senior Achievement Awards

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is recognizing 21 outstanding seniors for their community contributions in the fields of health, education, sports and arts.

This year's recipients of the Senior Achievement Awards include a teacher who is keeping music alive in classrooms, a dietitian who is promoting healthy eating for older adults, a veteran of the Korean War who advocates for urban Aboriginal people, and a Holocaust survivor who uses his love for languages to translate works of poetry.

The Senior Achievement Awards are the highest provincial honour for seniors over 65.

Recognizing the valuable contributions Ontario's seniors make is part of the Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors and supports the government's efforts to work together as One Ontario, building a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and enjoy a high quality of life.

Quick Facts

  • Since 1986, the Senior Achievement Awards have recognized outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to their communities.
  • According to the Volunteering and Older Adults 2013 report, baby boomers and senior adults contributed more than 1 billion volunteer hours in 2010.
  • By 2017, Ontario will be home to more people over 65 than children under 15.

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“All the seniors honoured today have invested their lives, energy and talents to make a difference in their communities. I am pleased to present them with the Senior Achievement Award.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Mario Sergio

“I want to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Senior Achievement Awards. They represent a generation of people whose wisdom and compassion for others have helped build the province we love and enjoy.”

Mario Sergio

Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

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