A number of Heartland seniors and volunteers have been nominated for the Minister's Seniors Service Awards.
Started in 1998, the awards recognize Albertans who improve the lives of seniors through their volunteer service.
This year, 48 people and 12 organizations are nominated with an additional 24 nominees for the first ever Alice Modin Award.
The Alice Modin Award honours the lady that campaigned to launch a Seniors' Day in Strathcona County, paving the way for the provincial Seniors' Week. The award honours a senior who has contributed over 20 years of service to their community.
“These volunteers and our government share a common goal, to make life better for seniors who built our province," said minister of Seniors and Housing, Lori Sigurdson. "I’m so grateful for their significant contributions."
Lamont's Sheila Vilcsak is nominated for an individual award for her 12 years of volunteerism with the Lamont Health Care Centre, the Lamont United Church and the Lamont Transportation Committee.
In the organization category, the Linking Generations Society of Alberta in Sherwood Park was nominated. Created in 2004, it brings together generations to share knowledge and life experiences, encouraging social responsibility and volunteerism in youth.
Local Alice Modin Award nominees:
- Jock Archer of Gibbons. An active member of the community since the '70s, he was involved in the creation of the Dew Drop Inn seniors' facility.
- Fort Saskatchewan's Joyce Nixon has volunteered in the Fort since 1995, helping through the Fort Saskatchewan Ladies Auxiliary twice a week.
- Since 1974, Tessa Seed been a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary at the Fort Saskatchewan General Hospital and now the Community Hospital. On a weekly basis, she visits patients and their families, styles patients' hair and helps with reception duties. She also helped fundraise over $250,000 during her time with the auxiliary.
Up to eight recipients, selected by the minister, will be honoured at a special ceremony this fall in Calgary.