June 20, 2005

York Region celebrates service of outstanding volunteers


NEWMARKET- June is Seniors Month and to coincide with this occasion York Region Health Services Department, Long Term Care and Seniors Branch will present the 2005 Lifetime Service Award of Excellence to three long-term volunteers. This is the second year that the awards have been offered.
 
The awards are in recognition of remarkable volunteer contributions to Long Term Care and Seniors-related services and issues in York Region.
 
When:   Wednesday, June 22nd
2:00 p.m.
 
Where:  Newmarket Health Centre Main entrance foyer and garden
194 Eagle Street, Newmarket
 
What: Award presentation, plaque and tree unveiling,
and celebration tea
 
Who: 2005 Lifetime Service Award of Excellence recipients
Dorothy Gilbert, Joan Lines and Wayne Howard
(see attached Backgrounder for details)
 
Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair, York Region Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee
 
Dr. Helena Jaczek, Commissioner of York Region Health Services and Medical Officer of Health
Background:
 The Lifetime Service Award of Excellence is presented annually to coincide with Seniors Month activities. It is offered by the York Region Health Services Department, Long Term Care and Seniors Branch
 This prestigious award  recognizes and honours individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to volunteer at an extraordinary level in a variety of seniors-related services and activities
 Biographies of this year's award recipients are attached
 Nomination forms for the 2006 awards will be available in January 2006
 

The Long Term Care and Seniors Branch of York Region Health Services operates two not-for-profit long term care facilities. The Maple and Newmarket Health Centres are designed to meet the needs of long term care clients eighteen years of age or older who are no longer able to live independently in their own homes and who require complex medical nursing and/or psychiatric care.
 
Volunteers play a critical role in helping the Centres' clients achieve a full and productive lifestyle, one which promotes health, provides quality of life and fosters dignity, independence and self-esteem.
 
There are many volunteer opportunities available. To discuss this, for more information about the programs and services offered by the York Region Long Term Care and Seniors Branch, or for details on nominating an individual for the 2006 Lifetime Service Award of Excellence contact 1-866-967-5582.
 
To discuss an individual's long term care placement in one of our Centres, contact the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) of York Region at 1-888-470-2222.
 
For details on other health-related programs and services, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca.
 
Another source of information on local seniors-related products, services and programs is the York Region Seniors' Directory, a publication of the Seniors' Directory Committee, under the auspices of the Long Term Care and Seniors Branch of York Region Health Services and in partnership with The Era Banner. Copies of the Seniors' Directory can be obtained by contacting 905-895-3628 or toll free at 1-866-967-5582  Ext: 297. 
 

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Contact: Kim Clark, York Region Health Services
  905-830-4444 Ext. 4101
  Email: kim.clark@york.ca
 

Newmarket and Maple Health Centres are not-for-profit facilities funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and York Region, and operated by York Region Health Services.
 

 2005 Lifetime Service Award of Excellence
Award Recipients
 
The York Region Health Services Department, Long Term Care and Seniors Branch presents the 2005 Lifetime Service Award of Excellence to the following three long-term volunteers in recognition of remarkable volunteer contributions to Long Term Care and Seniors-related services and issues in York Region.
 
Dorothy Gilbert 
Dorothy Gilbert has lived all of her eighty-one years in the Town of Markham, offering the gift of her time to countless community organizations and activities for most of her life. A passionate advocate for improving the quality of life for seniors, she has volunteered with the York Region Seniors Council on Aging, Community Coalition on Falls for Seniors, Community Nursing Advisory Committee of the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), Healthy Communities Committee of the District Health Council, Community Home Assistance for Seniors (CHATS), and was a founding member and co-chair of the local Meals on Wheels program. Dorothy is a resident of the Town of Markham.
 
Joan Lines
Joan Lines has dedicated much of her energy and time to improving the lives of long term care residents, first at the Maple Nursing Home and now at the Maple Health Centre. From helping to offer activity programs, including crafts and stories, to accompanying residents on daytrips and participating in the resident feeding program, she has volunteered countless hours, often on a daily basis. She also helped to run the badminton tournament at the Seniors Games and has served the Maple Health Centre Volunteer Committee and the McConaghy Seniors Centre. Joan is a resident of the City of Vaughan.
 
Wayne Howard
Wayne Howard has volunteered tirelessly for the Newmarket Health Centre and the York-Durham Aphasia Centre for over 15 years. Wayne lives with aphasia, which makes it difficult for people to understand or to produce speech because of a brain injury or stroke. First a client of the York-Durham Aphasia Centre, he soon dedicated himself as a volunteer to enhancing their programs on many levels, including the transportation of clients and special activities. Most of all, he acts as a role model and mentor to all those he works with as they learn and struggle with their new life.

 
 
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