From left to right: Edith Dumont, Joyce E. J. Marshall, and Raymond Cho

Durham senior honoured in Ontario achievement awards

A senior from Whitby is a receipient of the 2023 Ontario Senior Achievement Award, which was presented by Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, yesterday.

“Joyce Marshall is a beacon of compassion and leadership in Whitby. As a retired nursery teacher, she stands as a shining example of selfless dedication and tireless commitment to the well-being of the community, particularly its senior members,” reads her citation.

Her remarkable service as a volunteer at the Whitby 55+ Recreation Centre reflects a deep-rooted passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others. She has initiated and nurtured various projects and initiatives such as the annual World AIDS Day for the town of Whitby and Hospice Awareness Day in Durham Region, the citation said.

It said Joyce also serves as a dedicated board member of VON Durham for over two decades, including a commendable 10-year term as board chair. Her unwavering dedication, compassionate initiatives, and outstanding leadership have left an indelible mark on the community.

“It is important that we continue to recognize the contributions of seniors in our society, and I am so glad to have this opportunity to shine a light on the work of 20 impressive Ontarians, who have done so much to uplift and support their communities,” said the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award are helping to improve the lives of Ontarians of all ages through community service and humanitarian activities. The 2023 recipients are being recognized for their volunteerism, charitable fundraising, advocacy work, and more. They also support and empower their fellow seniors by organizing educational, cultural, and artistic initiatives.

Back row from left to right: Sharon Fraser Richards, Florence Riehl, Isadore John Laba, Linda M. Carnegie, Lorenz B. W. Kelo, Christopher R. Howlett, Kidambi Raj, Peter David Pellier, Pierrette Ouellette, Sharon Ruth Livingstone and Gary H. Martins. Front row from left to right: Norine Baron, Cathy Hecimovich (Selection Committee Chair), Joseph James Parks, Arlene Brown, the Honourable Edith Dumont, Sheila P. K. Barker, the Honourable Raymond Cho, Joyce E. J. Marshall and Kathleen B. Cox.

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