2011 Caregiver Appreciation Award

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Hellen Keller

Here is an amazing opportunity to recognize a volunteer who goes above and beyond their call of duty to care for another person’s life, dignity and well-being.

Volunteer with a womanThe Prosperity® Long-Term Care Fund (The Prosperity Fund) is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for its 2011 Caregiver Appreciation Award. The Caregiver Appreciation Award, in its 4th year, recognizes the efforts of volunteer caregivers who devote their time and effort in improving the quality of life for seniors living in our community.

The Prosperity Fund is currently accepting nominations and encourages members of the public to nominate local volunteers deserving of such recognition. Nomination forms and details are available on our website at http://www.prosperityfund.ca/programs/caregiver-appreciation. The deadline for nominations is 31 January, 2012.

According to A Profile of Canadian Chronic Care Providers, volunteer caregivers provide more than 80 percent of the care needed by individuals with long-term conditions, and contribute more than $5 billion of unpaid labour annually to the health care system.

All nominees will receive recognition of their volunteer efforts, as well as two (2) tickets to The Prosperity Fund’s Annual Gala on February 29, 2012 at the National Arts Centre ($150 value).  Additional gifts from our sponsors, including home care services from Retire-At-Home Services, will be provided.

“The people of this community are known for their compassionate and caring nature,” says Penny Collenette, a member of the Prosperity Fund’s Advisory Council. “It’s time we give a little respite to those who do not expect it.”

Past nominees of the award included daughters, sisters, sons, mothers, husbands, friends, work colleagues, as well as volunteers at various long-term care or other seniors’ centers. “Many of the nominees initially felt uncomfortable with being nominated because they believed it was their duty to care for their loved ones,” explained Adam Nihmey, President of The Prosperity Fund. “When caregivers realize that the nomination is a way for family members and friends to thank them for their selfless efforts, and that this was done out of love, they really embraced the whole experience.”

The Prosperity Fund is a 100% volunteer-run charity under the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Its vision is to create a better quality of life for seniors in our community. Through funding, programs and services, including the Caregiver Appreciation Award, The Prosperity Fund aims to respond to both the current and future needs of seniors and their families.

For additional information contact:

Adam C. Nihmey, CFA, CBV
Founder and President
The Prosperity Long-Term Care Fund
www.prosperityfund.ca
613 866 0924
adam.nihmey@prosperityfund.ca

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