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(Posted 11 a.m., Dec. 14)
Orléans man receives Ontario Senior Achievement Award

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

When Orléans resident Gary Whitten first volunteered to lead residents at the Alavida Le Promenade retirement residence in a line dance class he had no idea what it would lead to.

Recently retired after a 12-year career at the Department of National Defence and 28 years with the Air Force, Whitten was looking for something to occupy his time when he joined the class with his wife.

Gary Whitten receives the Ontario Senior Achievement Award from Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs Mario Sergio. Photo supplied

When the instructor had to take some time off, Whitten filled in admirably. When the instructor came back, the recreation director at the Promenade asked Whitten if he and his wife could help her put together a “reminiscent” corner.

The couple eagerly agreed and helped put together the first display which aids residents dealing with memory loss in recalling major events that happened during their lives.

After putting together the first display the couple took over the program.

When Whitten began taking a course at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre a little over a year ago, he learned about the Centre’s adult day program which provides therapeutic, social, recreational programming for frail, isolated, or cognitively impaired older adults.

When he offered to share some of the materials he had prepared for the residents at the Promenade, he was asked if wouldn’t mind doing a similar thing for the participants in the day program.

That request led to the development of a slide show presentation that Whitten puts together and moderates every week.

Whitten was nominated for the Senior Achievement Award by the some of the staff at the EORC.

He had to travel to Toronto on Nov. 26 to receive the award from Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and Mario Sergio, the Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, during a ceremony at Queen’s Park where he was joined by 20 other recipients.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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