Ontario recognizes exceptional seniors

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario, will present the province's highest recognition for
seniors to 26 Ontarians on February 15 at Queen's Park.
    The Ontario Senior Achievement Awards recognize seniors over the age of
65 who have made significant contributions to their communities through
voluntary or professional activities.
    "Ontario's seniors have made, and continue to make, important
contributions to our province," said Lieutenant Governor Onley. "This group of
honorees are exceptional community leaders and it is fitting to commend them
and applaud their good works."
    "Our government is proud to recognize some of the unique and outstanding
contributions made by seniors in Ontario," said the Honourable Aileen Carroll,
Minister Responsible for Seniors.

    This year's recipients are:

    Vera Jane Armstrong, Exeter - A World War II veteran, a strong supporter
    of the Royal Canadian Legion and an active member of the South Huron
    Hospital Auxiliary.

    Newton William Clayton, Guelph - A member of the Rotary Club of Guelph,
    he spearheaded a campaign for local dialysis services.

    Anna Burij, Toronto - A long-time volunteer, she has provided leadership
    and service on boards of a number of Ukrainian organizations.

    A. Hugh Clark, Dundas - A volunteer with numerous organizations including
    the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton, Alternatives for Youth and the
    Clark Family Foundation.

    John Gillies, Orangeville - A fundraiser for local hospitals, a new youth
    drop-in centre and skateboard park, and library renovations.

    Jhalman Gosal, Mississauga - A founding member of the East Indian Workers
    Association, Malton Community Neighbourhood Services and the Peel
    Multicultural Council.

    Richard Graves, Etobicoke - A competitive runner who, at age 72, ran
    20 races in eight months in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    Bernice Greenfield, Novar - A member of the Royal Canadian Legion and
    recipient of its Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding volunteer

    Dr. Henry Hedges, St. George - An author, avid gardener and leading
    authority on horticulture.

    Peter Hensel, Dover Center - The force behind the Ontario Senior Games
    for Chatham-Kent.

    Jean Hillis, Ingersoll - One of Canada's most highly respected quilters
    and a founding member of the Canadian Quilters Association and the Oxford
    Quilters Guild.

    Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, Ottawa - Professor of paediatrics at the
    University of Ottawa, renowned for her work in the field of international

    Gail Hilyer, Fonthill - President of Pelham Cares and volunteer with the
    St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program.

    Marion Holman, Fenwick - Worked with the local conservation authority for
    nearly 30 years and is a founding member of the Canadian Quilters

    Richard Illingworth, Aurora - At 91 years of age, he hosts a weekly cable
    television show and is the chief columnist for The Auroran.

    Victor Jackson, Petawawa - A board member of the Petawawa Heritage
    Society and has volunteered with The Lung Association.

    Dr. Nancy Johnston, St. Catharines - A leading clinical psychologist,
    professor at Brock University, children's advocate, researcher and

    Alexandra Kowalsky, Toronto - Active in women's organizations both in
    Ontario and in the Ukraine.

    Maureen Lacroix, Sudbury - A retired registered nurse and manager, chair
    of the Northern Cancer Research Foundation and past chair of Laurentian
    University's board of governors.

    Mieczyslaw Lutczyk, Oshawa - A highly decorated World War II combat
    soldier and member of the General Sikorski Polish Veterans' Association.

    Nancy Morrison, Kenora - Aboriginal community elder who helped found the
    grassroots organization, Making Kenora Home.

    Kenneth Murray, Guelph - A business leader, innovator and philanthropist
    with a strong record of volunteerism and community service. He has
    supported projects in health, environment, culture, education and social

    Elsie Rossi, Mississauga - A competitive walker whose participation in
    local and national Senior Games and sporting events has led to 33 medals.

    Mul Raj Sethi, Richmond Hill - Founded the Arya Samaj Senior Citizens'
    Club in Markham in 1993 and recently founded a club for Indian Seniors in
    Richmond Hill.

    Jean-Roch Vachon, Ottawa - Educator, local columnist and genealogist
    dedicated to promoting and preserving Franco-Ontarian heritage.

    Aileen Williams, Toronto - Founding member of the Canadian Negro Women's
    Association, she helped create the Calypso Carnival and the first
    celebrations of Black History Week.

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Sandra Nicholson, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, (416)
314-7242; Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416)

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