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  • November 07, 2016

20 Outstanding Ontario Seniors Recognized

Province Celebrates Senior Achievement Awards Recipients

November 7, 2016 10:45 A.M.

Seniors' Secretariat

Today, Ontario recognized 20 outstanding seniors for their significant contributions to their communities and to the province with the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards. The Ontario Senior Achievement Awards are the province's highest form of recognition for individuals over the age of 65.

This year's recipients include: 

  • An award-winning writer who has authored three novels aimed at educating youth and increasing understanding and empathy about the history of Indigenous people
  • A passionate advocate for gay and lesbian awareness who has been awarded the Guinness World Record for World's Oldest Drag Queen
  • A refugee who created a support group to help reduce the isolation felt by many senior newcomer women. 

The awards were presented at a Queen's Park ceremony today by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Honourable Dipika Damerla, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.

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.
  • There are more seniors aged 65 and over than children under the age of 15 both in Ontario and across Canada.
  • In Ontario, there are currently more than two million seniors, and this number is expected to double in the next 25 years.

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“It is my privilege to honour this year’s 20 recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award. Their diverse accomplishments are richly deserving of recognition, and their dedication to helping others serves as a wonderful reminder that, no matter one’s age, we are all able to bring about positive change in our own communities. On behalf of all Ontarians, I offer my warm congratulations to these role models.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Dipika Damerla

“Congratulations to this year’s Ontario Senior Achievement Award recipients. It is an honour to recognize these 20 amazing individuals who have given back to their communities with their time, talents, wisdom and compassion. They are excellent examples of modern, active seniors who are engaged in making our province a better place. I am certain that Ontarians of all ages will be inspired by their actions.”

Dipika Damerla

Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

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