Eleven Canadians Win Prestigious Caregiving Awards
Toronto, Ontario – October 23, 2013 – Eleven Canadians have won prestigious awards recognizing them as exceptional caregivers. Six of the winners are family caregivers and five are professional caregivers.
Bruce Ireland of Milton, Ont., Hugh Finlay of Napanee, Ont., Ken Wong of Markham, Ont., Mary Burtt of Bedford, N.S., Mary Anna McKay of Victoria, B.C., and Toshiko and Hideo Kajiwara of Vancouver B.C. have all been awarded Canada Cares Caregiver Awards in the family caregiver category.
Amy Furey of Harbour Main, NL, Alejandro Carlisle of Toronto, Ont., Parvaneh Bakhshi of Toronto, Ont., Marciel D. King of River Peace, AB, and Debbie Schwab of West Kelowna B.C. were awarded Canada Cares Awards in the professional caregiver category.
The awards will be presented at Canadian Home Care Association Summit in Gatineau-Ottawa on October 29 and details about the winners will be shared through community organizations and media from coast to coast.
Presented by Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org), a not-for-profit program that supports and salutes caregivers of all kinds across the country, the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards were provided at both a regional and national level.
Award nominees were chosen by a national committee of caregivers and health professionals, according to criteria such as caregiver strength, commitment to care, community involvement and compassion.
As part of the program, Canada Cares teamed up with We Care Home Health Services to grant one caregiver the Canada Cares One Wish Award, valued at $10,000. In submitting nominations, people were asked to describe why their nominated caregiver is deserving of recognition and what they would do with the $10,000 prize. Napanee’s Hugh Finley will be presented with the One Wish Award.
“The number of caregivers in Canada is rapidly increasing, with current estimates pegged at over five million,” said Caroline Tapp-McDougall, Chair of Canada Cares. “We’re proud to support and recognize caregivers from coast to coast for their tireless, selfless efforts to help improve the lives of others.”
For more information about the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards and a full list of winners, visit www.canadacares.org.
About Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org)
Canada Cares is a not-for-profit program that involves a virtual community, grassroots events, and caregiver coaching program. It has been created through a unique partnership between healthcare organizations and businesses across the country, including Canadian Red Cross, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, The Canadian Abilities Foundation, Kohler Canada, MV-1 Canada, Zoomer Wireless, Stroke Recovery Canada, We Care Home Health Services, Lifestage Care, Invacare Corporation, Spectrum Health Care, Ability Online, Canadian Caregiver Coalition, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Caregiving Matters, Brain Injury Association of Canada and many others.
About We Care (www.wecare.ca)
We Care Home Health Services, a leading national provider of in-home care and support services with over 50 locations across Canada, provides professional and compassionate care that allows seniors and others to live independently in the comfort of their own homes in over 800 communities across Canada.
About the Canadian Home Care Association (www.cdnhomecare.ca)
The Canadian Home Care Association, as a national voice, promotes excellence in home care through leadership, awareness and knowledge to shape strategic directions. Its vision is to promote accessible, responsive home care and community supports which enable people to stay in their homes with safety, dignity and quality of life.
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