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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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Previous Recipients

  • 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 (council@kanataseniors.ca) 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.




At the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Seniors Council, John Williamson was awarded the Frank Valentine Award for his service to the seniors community.

John, who has been an active volunteer at the Kanata Seniors Centre for more than a decade, first became involved as a computer instructor around 2004. He became a Director of the Kanata Seniors Council in 2005, a position he held for three terms. He was an active member of the executive serving as Vice President and President as well as engaging in many other activities.

John was instrumental in setting up the first Retirement Living Fair and remained involved as a volunteer in subsequent years. The Fair continues to be a popular Council activity in the community.

John has a passion for photography and was the driving force in establishing the seniors Digital Photography Club eventually taking over the Chairmanship. Until this year he was very active on the club's executive. He was the guru and the leader at the well-attended monthly meetings. In addition, he has regularly taken photos of a variety of Seniors Centre and seniors activities. For several years John has coordinated the photo competition for the Seniors Council Far West Fun Fest.

John has also been a long term volunteer in the community, helping out weekly with the Adult Day Program at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

John continues to have an active presence around the Centre and is always ready to help seniors in any way that he can. Congratulations on your achievements John!

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