Alex Handyside Presented "Award of Excellence" from Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors



    BURNABY, BC, June 13 /CNW/ - At its International meeting in Las Vegas,
the Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors (CASA) announced Alex Handyside of
Nova Scotia as the co-recipient of the first CASA Award of Excellence for
outstanding service to Canadian Senior and Boomer communities.
    CASA is the Canadian licensee of the international Society of Certified
Senior Advisors (SCSA), a group of geriatric physicians, gerontologists, elder
law lawyers, accountants, financial planners, and others trained and certified
in senior issues. Certified Senior Advisors (CSA's) participate in the world's
largest membership organization training professionals about aging, and
through CASA, can access a single, credible source of information for
professionals serving the 55-plus population.
    Handyside, the Founder, President and CEO of ScotiaCare Homecare &
Caregivers Inc. of Dartmouth, N.S., was among some of the first Senior care
providers in Canada. A chance conversation with a veteran brought attention to
the fact there were no homecare agencies serving the eastern shore of Nova
Scotia. Alex investigated, saw the appalling lack of accessible services, and
filled the huge gap in the needs of the Senior population with the creation of
ScotiaCare Home Care Services - charged with providing companionship and
non-medical in-home care to Seniors, veterans, and the disabled.
    A non-stop crusader for Senior wellness, he personally took a course in
fall prevention and now gives back to the community by giving free workshops
to Seniors groups. His work and impact on the community led to his invitation
to join the board of Caregivers Nova Scotia - a provincial non-profit group
dedicated to providing recognition and practical support to friends and family
who give care to Seniors and the disabled. A recipient of the Better Business
Bureau's Award for Ethical Service, Alex also started "Serving Seniors
Alliance," a place Seniors and their families can go to find professionals
they can trust to assist them in a variety of areas of concern.
    As imagined, there were many nominations, each scrutinized and vigorously
debated by an impartial Review Committee, and only those meeting the standards
of leadership, innovation and quality of service to the Canadian 55-plus
community advanced in the selection process.
    Accepting the Award, Mr. Handyside said, "I was thrilled to be told that
I was to be recognized with an Award of Excellence for my efforts to help the
Seniors of Nova Scotia. They really do deserve more than they get, and if I
can help in any way, the credit's theirs, not mine."
    "My CSA designation is more than a qualification to me, it's more like a
valuable credential. It doesn't just make me more credible, but it also
bestows credibility on the company I represent."
    Speaking on behalf of CASA, organization President Rhonda Latreille
concluded, saying, "In Canada, Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our
population. By 2016 there will be more Canadians over the age of 65 than
children under the age of 14. Certified Senior Advisors like these stellar
honourees understand the evolving needs of their clients, and provide relevant
and ethical services to Canada's Boomer and Senior populations. We are proud
of our association with Alex Handyside and with this award, we celebrate his
leadership in enhancing the lives of so many Canadians."

    Background: CASA
    ----------------
    CASA is the Canadian licensee of the international Society of Certified
Senior Advisors (SCSA), a group of geriatric physicians, gerontologists, elder
law lawyers, accountants, financial planners, and others well-schooled in
senior issues. CASA provides a single, credible source of information and
training for the 55-plus population, adapted with the Canadian content and
unique Canadian laws, rules, and regulations, products and services.
    Today, there are in excess of 25,000 professionals throughout North
America, representing a variety of different industries: retirement
consultants, home and health care, insurance agents, lawyers, social workers,
spiritual counsellors, real estate agents, and many others who recognize the
importance of the unified training and professional recognition that comes
upon course completion and award of the CSA(R) (Certified Senior Advisor)
designation.

    Background: Alex Handyside
    --------------------------
    Alex Handyside founded ScotiaCare in October 2004 in response to two
separate incidents in his life that had a profound effect on him. One was a
casual conversation with a veteran who was bemoaning the fact there were no
homecare agencies serving the eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Alex investigated
and found out this was indeed the case and he was concerned at the lack of
accessible services. He saw a huge gap in services and decided to do something
about it - founding ScotiaCare Home Care Services to provide companionship and
non-medical in-home care to seniors, veterans, and the disabled.
    With a partner Alex developed a series of free roundtable workshops
presented six times yearly by subject experts effecting Seniors. He also
writes a monthly column called "Senior Care Corner" for a local paper and a
health column for the province-wide Seniors Advocate.





For further information:

For further information: Rhonda Latreille, (877) 272-7575, E-mail:
rhonda@canadacsa.com

Organization Profile

CANADIAN ACADEMY OF SENIOR ADVISORS - CASA

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890