The Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre is very proud to announce that Cheryl Burrage, their centre coordinator, has been awarded the Community Spirit Award from the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario (OACAO).
The OACAO is a recognized leader in the development of quality services, resources and supports for community based older adult centres across the province. The award was presented to Burrage at the Associations’ annual conference that was held in Mississauga on Tuesday October 27, 2015.
This award is given to those who display exceptional effort and commitment on behalf of Older Adult Centres in the province, through senior friendly service, accessibility or advocacy. The award was presented by The Honourable Mario Sergio, the Minster responsible for Senior Affairs for the province of Ontario, as well as Sue Hesjedahl, the Executive Director of the OACAO.
“I was shocked and pleasantly surprised,” Burrage told the Sydenham Current. “I volunteered my whole life and raised money for different events and causes and this is the first time I’ve received an award. I was thrilled.”
Burrage has been employed at the Centre since the fall of 2012.
Highlighted in her nomination, authored by Janet Barnes, their Board Secretary, was the following: “Our membership is soaring to 700 people with a wide array of activities, programs, meal and community events that are all organized by Cheryl. Cheryl utilizes volunteers, matching their strengths and expertise with the programs and activities that require support. This includes educational, social, multi-cultural and physical events. Young new members are interacting with our older senior members and developing relationships beyond the Centres dreams.”
The Board of Directors and all the members of the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre wanted to extend their heartfelt congratulations to Burrage for demonstrating exemplary community spirit while increasingly the profile of the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre.