The Ontario government is celebrating 15 outstanding seniors for their exceptional contributions to their communities and to the province.
One of this year’s 15 seniors being celebrated is George Lowes of Iron Bridge, a member of the local Lions club where he serves as Treasurer. During tax season, George uses his financial skills to help people in need complete their tax returns at no cost. In addition, he volunteers with youth, and assists at flu and diabetic clinics. On Remembrance Day, George wears his Royal Canadian Air Force uniform, recalling his time in the Reserve RCAF working with cadets for more than 25 years.
“Congratulations to this year’s Ontario Senior Achievement Awards recipients,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “Seniors across the province have felt most directly the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is a delight to be able to celebrate the positive difference seniors make to our communities. Today’s recipients are role models to Ontarians of all ages.”
The seniors being recognized are dedicated and compassionate individuals who are helping to improve the lives of older adults through community services and humanitarian activities. This includes fundraising, helping with Meals and Wheels programs, and volunteering in local churches, retirement homes and long-term-care homes. They support and empower seniors by serving as mentors, environmental stewards, agricultural ambassadors, and educational, cultural, and artistic organizers.
“I’m inspired and encouraged by this year’s Senior Achievement Award recipients,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility.” On behalf of all Ontarians, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for their exceptional service to their communities. You have all made a profound difference in the lives of seniors across our province.”
The recipients are being recognized by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility at a virtual recognition ceremony.
- Older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic, and by 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
- The Ontario Senior Achievement Award was created in 1987 to recognize outstanding seniors who, after the age of 65, have made significant contributions to their communities.
- Since 1986, the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards have recognized 660 outstanding seniors.