April 5 is National Caregiver Day: Nominate a Caregiver for a Prestigious Award and Chance to Win $10,000
Communities and employers to also be awarded for their leadership in support of caregivers
Toronto, Ontario – April 1, 2014 – The search is on for exceptional caregivers across Canada. In celebration of National Caregiver Day, which takes place on April 5, Canadians are being asked to nominate a family or professional caregiver for a unique caregiver award and explain what the caregiver would do with $10,000.
It’s all part of a unique program, called Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org), that supports and celebrates caregivers of all kinds across the country. The awards, which will be presented at both a regional and national level, will recognize a total of 10 exceptional caregivers – five family and five professional caregivers – in four regions: Western, Central, Atlantic and Northern Canada.
“If you know a caregiver who deserves recognition, we want to hear from you,” said Caroline Tapp-McDougall, Chair of Canada Cares, explaining that the awards announcement follows the success last year of the inaugural caregiver awards program. “The number of caregivers is growing at a rapid pace across the country, with one in four Canadian adults providing care at home for a loved one, and it’s time to support and recognize people for their tireless, selfless efforts to help others in need.”
As part of the program, one deserving nominee will be selected to win the $10,000 Canada Cares One Wish Award, sponsored by We Care Home Health Services.
New this year, Canada Cares will also recognize communities and employers that are proving to be leaders in the ways that they celebrate and support caregivers. The Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Award, in partnership with the Canadian Abilities Foundation, and the Caring Communities Award will be presented to one community and one business or organization nationally, based on public nominations.
The awards ceremony will take place in November at the Canadian Home Care Association’s annual summit in Banff, Alberta, where all winners will be invited to attend.
Caregiver Award winners will be selected by national committees of consumers and professional organizations, according to such criteria as caregiver strength, commitment to care, community involvement and compassion. The Canada Cares One Wish Award will be evaluated on the creativity of the request and the level of need, and the Caregiver-Friendly Workplace and Caring Communities Awards on celebration, innovation, accommodation and excellence.
Nominations – which can be submitted online, by mail or by video – will be accepted until September 15, with winners announced in November. For details on how to nominate a caregiver, visit www.canadacares.org.
About Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org)
Canada Cares is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about caregiving and providing support for family and professional caregivers through Canada Cares Teas and a toll-free Caregiver Support Line. It has been created through a unique partnership between healthcare organizations and businesses across the country, including Canadian Red Cross, We Care Home Health Services, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Kohler Canada, MV-1 Canada, Canadian Abilities Foundation, Invacare Corporation, Stroke Recovery Canada, VHA, Lifestage Care, Ability Online, Canadian Caregiver Coalition, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Caregiving Matters, Brain Injury Association of Canada and many others.
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