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Ontario Senior Achievement Award

Seniors' Secretariat

The recipients of the 2012 Ontario Senior Achievement Award:

Harley Barons is a life-long resident of the Aylmer area. He 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.

Don Clark is known as a great humanitarian in the Havelock community. Since retirement he has dedicated much of his time to his local community and local school boards, and has devoted many hours of his time visiting fellow 3M workers who were sick at home, as well as many seniors in the community.

Mae Couzen-Duffy is a strong advocate for the rights and wellbeing of seniors in her West Toronto Community with her involvement in many different groups, with the City of Toronto, St Joseph's Hospital, the Local Health Integration Network, and community health organizations.

Barbara Davis of Brantford is a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital where she established both a widows' group and a bereavement group for parents of suicide victims.  She has also been involved with the Grand River Council on Aging. 

Ludmlia Dejmek is a highly regarded member of the City of Cambridge community. She 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. 

Sister Roberta Freeman has spent over 50 years in the health care profession, working in Toronto with hospitals, long-term care homes and not-for-profit organizations. Through her work with the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, she championed a program to provide support to the people who give around the clock care to family members.

Joanne Garant is an active volunteer in the Tilbury community.  She donates her time to one of the local long-term care homes where she runs many programs for residents and plays an active role in the residents' key wish program and is always looking for wishes to grant to surprise residents.

Dr. James Goodwin has been a valued member of the Gravenhurst community for many years where he ran a successful medical practice after serving his country as a Medical Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Since he retired, James has put his expertise to good use at the Gravenhurst Senior's Centre, where he served on the board for multiple terms and has been actively involved in committees. 

Anadel Hastie has a longstanding history of serving the Sudbury community through her involvement in many organizations and committees including the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board on Racial and Multicultural relations and through her work with the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, of which she is the current chair.

Dorothy Izzard of King City is a founding member of the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine. A true believer in her cause, Dorothy donated 20.8 acres of her own land to York Region and the Nature Conservatory of Canada in order to ensure that the land would always remain in its natural state.

Donald Jackson is well known in the Niagara Falls area for his commitment and dedication to preserving the rich history of the area. In the lead up to the War of 1812 Bicentennial, Don was a tireless advocate for the Niagara Falls museums and worked with the Niagara Falls Museum Advisory Board to ensure the preservation of the historic Stamford Town Hall.

Molly Jakeman has lent a helping hand to the town of Bolton all her adult life.  She has been a strong advocate of bringing services to the Town of Caledon that benefit families and seniors and was an active participant on the committee to establish a local branch of the Meals on Wheels program.

Wolodymyra Luczkiw of Toronto has been a dedicated volunteer in the Canadian Ukrainian community for over 50 years.  She has been active in various women's organizations, social services, church groups, cultural organizations and school associations.  She has also participated in and led many community events.

Jean Mitchell-Bain has been a volunteer for most of her life in Port Perry. She has been a key part of the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society and has spent a lot of time working on the grounds of the local museum. Through her memories, she makes the history of the town come alive.

Marjorie Rimnyak cares about helping seniors stay active in Aylmer and is on the Executive of the Association for Active Seniors of Aylmer and area.  She volunteers at the East Elgin community complex and is integral to the centre's recreation programs and special events.

Douglas Scheels, a lifelong resident of Arnprior, 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.

Soeur Simone Scraire has been a volunteer at the Centre de Services Guigues, a not-for-profit organization that provides support for the Francophone community in Ottawa, for the past 13 years. The Centre specializes in services for seniors and adults with disabilities. 

Colin Wasacase, a First Nation Leader, is a long standing volunteer and a highly respected member of the community in the City of Kenora. He is currently the chair of the board for the Fellowship Centre - a day time drop in centre, overnight shelter and soup kitchen for the needy in the community. 

Carman Whyte was born and raised in Priceville. As a veteran and Legion member, Carman has taken a lead role in public remembrances by organizing the yearly Remembrance Day services and looking after the Cenotaph. Carman has also been involved with the annual Canada Day celebrations and the Santa Claus parade.

Frank Zamuner has been a strong advocate for health and wellness in the Oakville and Halton community.  As a volunteer for the Halton Healthcare Services, he has devoted much of his time and support to Patient Centred Care in the Mental Health Program.

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