Resident nominated for service award

More than 75 individuals and organizations have been nominated for this year’s Minister’s Seniors Service Awards.

More than 75 individuals and organizations have been nominated for this year’s Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. This annual awards program recognizes the volunteer efforts of individual Albertans and organizations that make a difference in the lives of seniors.

Ponoka’s Maxine Fecho is one such nominee. She has contributed 900 hours at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, assisting seniors at mealtime. Since 2005 she has volunteered three to four times per week, helping with meals and interacting with residents. She also assists at flu clinics.

“It is so important to celebrate the commitment and dedication of the many Albertans who support seniors,” said Fred Horne, minister of health. “Every single day, people around our province remind us of the incredible volunteer spirit present here in Alberta.”

Nominees are evaluated based on:

• their impact on seniors and the community;

• the need for the service they provide; and,

• the measure of diversity, quality and originality in their service.

Award recipients will be honoured at a special celebration on June 6, during Seniors’ Week.

“For 15 years, this awards program has recognized the generosity of individuals and organizations that serve our seniors and make a visible difference in our communities,” added George VanderBurg, associate minister of seniors. “All of the nominees should be congratulated for their contributions.”