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Those who help seniors recognized by government

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The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize Albertans who improve the lives of seniors through their volunteer service. This year, 48 individuals and 12 organizations are nominated for the 2017 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards.

There are an additional 24 nominees for the inaugural Alice Modin Award. About 30 years ago, Modin campaigned to launch a seniors’ day in Strathcona County that helped pave the way for a provincewide Seniors’ Week. The Alice Modin Award was created in her name to honour a senior who has contributed long-term service to their community.
“These volunteers and our government share a common goal — to make life better for seniors who built our province. I’m so grateful for their significant contributions,” says Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. 2017 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards – Nominees from southwest Alberta:
The Individual Category recognizes Alberta individuals or couples of any age who provide volunteer services to seniors in Alberta. These volunteers’ efforts have a great impact, from serving individual seniors to building communities and support services that improve the lives of many seniors in Alberta.
• Helen Hartley — Raymond
Helen volunteers in the Raymond community assisting seniors with activities. Since 2006, she has planned special events, visited with seniors at Ridgeview Lodge, and currently serves on the auxiliary board. Helen has contributed 240 hours of volunteer service at the Good Samaritan Society Prairie Ridge supportive living facility helping with activities, feeding and portering the residents.
• Donald McCoy — Milk River
Don has served as President of the Milk River & District Seniors Group since 1998. During this time, he has been an energetic force to sustain the group by organizing fundraisers, volunteers, hall upkeep, planning year-round events for all Milk River citizens, as well as volunteering to drive seniors to medical appointments.
• Brydon Saunders — Stavely
Brydon has provided volunteer service within the communities of Stavely and Claresholm and to individual seniors for the past ten years. His fundraising efforts for Stavely Golden Age Centre have provided seniors a beautiful patio, repaired benches and a storage shed to enjoy the outdoors. Brydon also serves on the board of Claresholm Food Bank and Transportation Society.
The Alice Modin category is in its inaugural year and recognizes an individual Albertan or couple who is 65 years of age or older who has been volunteering in their community for 20 or more years. Their work can actively promote volunteerism among seniors and/or has a provincial impact for seniors.
• Edouard Desjardins — Hill Spring
Since the 1970s, Edouard has promoted active living in his community for seniors, adults and youth. He fundraised to establish the Cowley Canoe Club and provided equipment and instruction. Edouard also fundraises for needed medical equipment to support seniors and plays music at seniors’ homes with his brother on the weekends.
• Racille Ellis — Champion
Racille has been a community figure in Champion for over 50 years. She has been a member and part of the executive team of the Champion Pioneer Club since 1962. Racille also contributes to community projects such as historical preservation and serving as the secretary-treasurer of the Communities in Bloom Committee to keep Centennial Park a place for seniors and the community to enjoy.
• Doris Rowledge — Pincher Creek
Doris is a founder of the Care Bears Program, which has provided transportation for seniors since 1988. She served as president of the society, scheduled and co-ordinated drivers and volunteers, and contributed to the day-to-day functions of the organization. As an active member of the United Church and Pincher Creek/Cowley “Roaring Lions”, Doris has organized awareness-raising events and contributes many hours to serve seniors and the community.

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