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Honouring Ontario's Outstanding Seniors

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Honouring Ontario's Outstanding Seniors

McGuinty Government Recognizes Community Contributions by Seniors

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Ontario is honouring 20 seniors for their outstanding contributions to their community through voluntary or professional activities with the 2012 Ontario Senior Achievement Awards.

The Senior Achievement Award -- the province's highest recognition for seniors over 65 -- honours seniors that have made an outstanding contribution to their community through voluntary or professional activities, such as the arts, community service, voluntarism, education and fitness.

This year's recipients include:

  • Harley Barons -- a lifelong resident of the Aylmer area. Harley volunteers with his local food bank, is an active member of his church and has driven cancer patients to their appointments for over 20 years. Harley served his country in WWII as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy.
  • Ludmlia Dejmek -- a highly regarded member of the City of Cambridge. Ludmlia has a long history with the Czech and Slovak Association of Canada and is currently the president of her local chapter. As a retired architect, Ludmlia has lent her skills to her hometown revitalization project.
  • Douglas Scheels -- a lifelong resident of Arnprior. Douglas is a highly respected member of the community who has always found ways of helping those around him by coaching local hockey teams, supporting community events and keeping local history alive.

Honouring seniors for their ongoing work and dedication to their communities in part of the McGuinty government's commitment to ensure seniors in Ontario are properly cared for and have access to quality services and supports that improve their quality of life.

Quick Facts

  • The first Ontario Senior Achievement Awards were presented in 1986.
  • Ontario communities also recognize the contributions of seniors through the Senior of the Year Awards during Seniors’ Month in June.

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“Today’s recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award have given so much of themselves to improving the quality of life in this province. I am delighted to honour these worthy seniors with this important award.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“No recognition is enough to thank these seniors for all that they have done and continue to do for their friends, families, communities and the province of Ontario. We owe them a sincere debt of gratitude, and trust that this award will demonstrate our sincere appreciation.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister Responsible for Seniors

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