Anton Schwab of Uxbridge is among the 16 outstanding seniors across Ontario who have been recognized for their contributions to their communities and to the province.
Anton put his woodworking skills to good use for more than eight years as a dedicated volunteer at Habitat for Humanity GTA where he donates his time every single day at their Uxbridge ReStore. Anton does everything from fixing furniture, building displays, and testing recently donated washing machines, driers, and other appliances to make sure they work for those in need.
Those who visit the ReStore have come to rely on Anton’s expertise as he always knows the right tools and materials for every project, said a statement from the province.
Anton has dedicated over 5,000 hours to his work with Habitat GTA and his commitment helps the organization continue their work of empowering families to build a brighter future, it added.
“I am pleased to recognize the impressive recipients of the 2022 Ontario Senior Achievement Award,” said the Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “I would like to thank each person for their outstanding contributions to their communities and for making a positive difference in the lives of Ontarians.”
Recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award are helping to improve the lives of Ontarians of all ages through community services and humanitarian activities. This includes fundraising, leading community beautification projects, helping with programs such as Meals on Wheels, volunteering in hospitals, local churches, senior organizations, retirement homes and long-term-care homes. They also support and empower our aging population by serving as advocates for veterans, the homeless, new immigrants, the Francophone community, people with disabilities and job seekers.
“Congratulations to all the Senior Achievement Award recipients,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “I am inspired by your dedication in helping seniors across our province. On behalf of all Ontarians, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your commitment and exceptional service. You are role models for our future and for all ages.”
- The Ontario Senior Achievement Award was created in 1986 to recognize outstanding seniors who, after the age of 65, have made significant contributions to their communities.
- Since 1987, the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards have recognized 676 outstanding seniors.
- By 2025, there will be three million older adults in Ontario – the fastest growing demographic group in the province.
- Ontario’s aging population needs support now more than ever.