The Award is named for Frank Valentine, who was a tireless advocate for seniors’ issues in the Kanata region for many years. He was the instigator behind the formation of the Kanata Seniors Council in 1996.
The Kanata Seniors Council Inc wishes to recognize a person, or couple, who has contributed significantly to the quality of life of seniors in the community. Accordingly, this Award is to be given to a volunteer who:
Is an adult, or couple, 55 years or older, who has provided outstanding leadership to this community, focusing on senior needs: who has consistently improved the quality of life of seniors in our community over a wide range of activities. For a contribution of ongoing strong and consistent volunteering, over an extended period of time, to ensure the empowerment of services and continuing enjoyment of the seniors, that are provided in this Senior Centre.
- is a volunteer, or volunteer couple, age fifty-five or older
- has provided outstanding leadership to the community
- has focused on seniors' needs and their fulfillment in Kanata and the surrounding areas
- has consistently made an important contribution to the quality of life of seniors over a period of years
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- 2003 Dee Campbell
- 2005 Judy Laughton
- 2006 Owen Prince
- 2007 Maria and Helmut Hemmerich
- 2009 Nigel Kilby
- 2010 John Kern
- 2011 Jeet Wadehera
- 2012 Peter van Boeschoten
- 2013 Heather Cole
- 2016 John Williamson
How to Nominate someone for the Frank Valentine Volunteer Award:
1) Complete the nomination form. Available on June 19 on the Council website (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the Front Desk of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre,
2) Write a short summary of the volunteer’s contributions,
3) The nominator should provide sufficient information to give the selection committee a good idea of the impact of the volunteer’s service,
4) Submit the nomination form and summary by Friday August 11, 2017 to The Kanata Seniors Council at the Front Desk of the Seniors’ Centre.
Chris Valentine, whose father led the initiative to establish a Seniors’ Centre, was all smiles when he presented this year’s prestigious Frank Valentine Award to Liz Tucker, Director and Treasurer of the Kanata Seniors Council as well as co-author and organizer with Kay Dubie, of the Council’s popular Far West Fun Fest.
Liz joined the Centre as front desk volunteer in 2008 going on to join the Kanata Seniors’ Centre Special Event Planning Committee where she saw each project through from concept to completion --- setting up, decorating tables, and staying on to clean up afterwards.
Outside the Council, Liz was a well-known face at the Library in “pre-automation” days! She also became involved with the Ottawa Valley Hunt Pony Club, becoming a district commissioner as well as treasurer and because, as Chris Valentine pointed out, “Liz never does anything by halves” going on to Chair the Prince Philip Cup games at both the local and national levels. She was the Chair of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Valley Region of the Canadian Pony Club and also National Director for the region.
“It gives me great pleasure to present this award to someone who always has time to help and gives of her best,” said Chris Valentine as the audience broke out into enthusiastic applause.