VANCOUVER, Oct. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Dedicated individuals and leaders in home and community care were recognized today with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals, at a ceremony during the 2012 Home Care Summit, hosted by the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA).
This commemorative medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, provides a tangible way recognize those Canadians who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to family, community and country.
The medals were jointly presented by the Honourable Ralph Sultan, Minister of State for Seniors, in British Columbia and Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director of the Canadian Home Care Association and President of the Canadian Caregiver Coalition.
"The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal bestows a significant honour upon the recipients," said Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan. "Home and community care programs and organizations provide many support services for seniors, and others who are vulnerable in our communities. Seniors particularly, who receive these health care needs have told us that it helps them to remain independent and in their home longer. We applaud those who help us remain healthier and happier by keeping us closer to friends, family and loved ones."
Medal recipients included individuals involved in supporting family caregivers, undertaking research and knowledge dissemination, stimulating innovation in home and community care and championing vulnerable individuals across Canada. Through their collective involvement in advancing home and community care, Canada can achieve a vision of integrated health and wellness that provides accessible, responsive services that enable people to safely stay in their homes with dignity, independence and quality of life.
"Given the significance of the Diamond Jubilee medal as a reflection ofthe Queen's lifelong commitment to service, I can think of no better way to recognize the dedication and commitment that each of today' recipients have shown to the betterment of communities and quality of life in Canada.' stated Nadine Henningsen.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is a national honour, recognizes citizens of all ages and walks of life who have made significant contributions to their communities. Further information about the Diamond Jubilee can be obtained by visiting the Governor General's website at www.gg.ca.
About the Canadian Home Care Association
The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a not‐for‐profit membership association dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible, responsive home care and community supports to enable people to stay in their homes with safety, dignity and quality of life.
About the Canadian Caregiver Coalition
The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is a diverse group of over 35 national and provincial organizations from across Canada that works collaboratively to represent and promote the needs and interests of family caregivers with all levels of government, and the community.
SOURCE: Canadian Home Care Association
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