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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ontario Recognizes Contributions of 15 Outstanding Seniors

News Release
November 28, 2017 3:00 P.M.
Ministry of Seniors Affairs

Ontario is recognizing 15 outstanding seniors for their significant contributions to their communities and to the province after the age of 65.

This year's recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards include: 
Alexander D. McNaught, an author and historian who wrote a book about his community and restored one of its key historical sites
  • Margaret Larson, a conservationist who works year-round to protect the iconic monarch butterfly species
  • Lillie Johnson, a former nurse who has dedicated her retirement to raising awareness of sickle-cell disease 
  • The awards will be presented at a Queen's Park ceremony on November 29 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs. 

Recognizing the exceptional contributions of seniors is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts
  • Since 1986, the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards have recognized outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to their communities after the age of 65.
  • The number of senior citizens living in Ontario is expected to increase to more than 25 per cent of the total population within the next 25 years.
  • Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors supports seniors through all aspects of their lives by providing programs and services that allow seniors to live independent, healthy and active, safe and socially connected lives.

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“These 15 individuals serve as role models and examples of what is possible when we commit to making a positive difference in our communities. On behalf of all Ontarians, I am proud to recognize their tremendous achievements and to offer my sincerest congratulations to all.”
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“Congratulations to the amazing recipients of this year’s Ontario Senior Achievement Awards. Their hard work and dedication are a testament to the fact that, no matter our age, we all have the potential to make our world a better place. Their talent, wisdom and compassion make them an inspiration to Ontarians of all ages.”
Dipika Damerla
Minister of Seniors Affairs

Media Contacts

Laura Sylvis
Communications Branch

Noah Farber
Minister's Office

John Gross
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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