La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook congratulates eighteen year old Candace Maxymowich for her award at the Manitoba Council of Aging Recognition Awards at the Manitoba Legislature.
By Marianne Curtis
An eighteen year old woman from Vita is one of eight people from across the province recently recognized by the Manitoba Council on Aging.
On October 30, Candace Maxymowich was one of eight dedicated Manitobans and a not-for-profit enterprise who received Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards from Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau.
“A community is only as strong and vibrant as the individuals who contribute to it, and today we honour a generous, committed group of volunteers who have given tirelessly of themselves to improve the quality of life for seniors and all Manitobans,” said Rondeau.
“This is truly a celebration as we recognize and honour seniors and the invaluable resource that they are to our society and communities throughout Manitoba,” added Yves Rochon chair of the Manitoba Council on Aging.
The awards recognize the outstanding contribution each award winner has made within their communities.
“I am humbled, honoured, and at the same time excited to receive this award,” stated Maxymowich. “I am passionate about working for the benefit of seniors and will continue to do so.”
At just eighteen years old, Maxymowich has contributed a significant amount of time volunteering in numerous organizations in her community, throughout the province, and across Canada. This includes many hours of volunteer work at Shady Oak Lodge and Whispering Pines Lodge in Vita.
“As part of my grade 5 Language Arts program, I along with my fellow classmates were paired with a senior in our community. Before meeting with seniors, we were introduced to some of the different issues and problems that seniors may have developed as they age by attending hands-on workshops,” explained Maxymowich. “I am thankful that I was able to participate in this program as it was through this experience that I learned to understand and gained a great amount of respect for seniors.”
The Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards were established in 1996 to recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations for their exemplary efforts on behalf of seniors and to pay tribute to the seniors who continue to contribute to their communities. The awards demonstrate the province’s interest in creating age-friendly environments for all.