Nominations Invited for the Fifth Annual Seniors of Distinction Awards

January 17, 2013

Health and Community Services

January 17, 2013

Nominations Invited for the Fifth Annual Seniors of Distinction Awards

The Seniors of Distinction Awards Program recognizes and celebrates the contributions, achievements and diversity of seniors throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Individuals and groups are encouraged to nominate deserving seniors for this honour.

“Our government is committed to developing an age-friendly province,” said the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors. “As such, it is important to promote the value and tremendous worth of seniors. The Seniors of Distinction Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge older people and to celebrate their accomplishments.”

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be 50 years of age or older and be a current or past resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. Seniors will be considered for both voluntary and paid work, and nominations from last year will be reviewed again this year at the request of the nominator. Posthumous awards may also be given. Up to five Newfoundland and Labrador seniors will be recognized this year.

The nomination form and guidelines for the 2013 Seniors of Distinction Awards are available at www.health.gov.nl.ca, by calling 1-888-494-2266, or by e-mailing seniorsofdistinction@gov.nl.ca. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is March 8, 2013.

“Older people play a significant role in the continuing growth and prosperity of our province,” said Minister Sullivan. “It is important to recognize the many contributions people make throughout their lifetime. We invite you to nominate seniors who continue to enrich our social, cultural, and community life.”

Award recipients recognized in 2012 were Ted A. Blanchard, St. John’s; Fred Budgell, Norris Arm South; Boyd Cohen, Grand Falls-Windsor; Gertrude Curtis, Trepassey; James J. Farrell, Wabush; Agnes Penney, Irishtown-Summerside; Robert D. Snook, Sunnyside; and, Augustine Stamp, St. Vincent’s.

The Seniors of Distinction Awards Program supports a priority direction of the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework. Established in 2007, the framework aims to recognize older persons, celebrate diversity, support communities, encourage health and financial well-being, and support employment, education and research.

Media contact:

Jennifer Tulk
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 699-6524
jennifertulk@gov.nl.ca

 

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