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May 4, 2006
Centuries of service, caring across the generations featured at Homes for the Aged volunteer awards
At a celebration yesterday, the City of Toronto honoured 11 dedicated individuals and groups who have each greatly enhanced the lives of residents in Toronto Homes for the Aged through their contributions as volunteers. Award-winners ranged from one group with over a century of combined service, to a volunteer who even got his daughter’s school class involved.

Award winners included Dr. Paul Gamble, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Homes for the Aged; Connie Peters, Kipling Acres; Julian and Sylvia Leung, Fudger House; Marjorie Gillian, Marilyn Klasner, Frances Stapleton, Elena Benham and Italia Le Pera, Cummer Lodge; Judith Languedoc, Carefree Lodge; Margaret Challis, Minnie Beckberger, Audrey Hinves, Mary Lucifora and Harold Johnsen, True Davidson Acres; Igor Stavyskyi and Nelia Moskvitina, Lakeshore Lodge; Fran Dudley, Wesburn Manor; Margaret Iwata, Castleview Wychwood Towers; Pavalamany and Candiah Yoganathan, Seven Oaks, and Gilles Barbeau, Bendale Acres.

The ceremony also featured a presentation of the Mary Ellen Glover Award to Yolanta Kossak, a 94-year-old resident who has made a significant impact on improving the lives of residents at Kipling Acres.

In 2005, over 2,000 people volunteered more than 135,000 hours of their time to enhance the lives of residents in Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes. Those hours represent thousands of smiles, thousands of special moments, and thousands of reminders to residents that their community cares about them.

Through its 10 directly-operated long-term care homes, supportive housing at various sites, and through a range of services helping seniors remain in their own homes, Toronto Homes for the Aged is committed to respecting, supporting and enabling residents and clients to maintain the highest possible quality of life. Through their special brand of caring, volunteers share this commitment, and demonstrate it in hundreds of ways every day.

Media contact:

Rosemary Bennett
Manager, Communication
Social Development, Finance & Administration
416-328-4402 (pager)



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