11 a.m., Dec. 14)
Orléans man receives Ontario Senior Achievement Award
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
Whitten receives the Ontario Senior Achievement
Award from Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell and
Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs Mario
Sergio. Photo supplied
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
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.
putting together the first display the couple took over
Whitten began taking a course at the Eastern Ottawa Resource
Centre a little over a year ago, he learned about the
Centres adult day program which provides therapeutic,
social, recreational programming for frail, isolated,
or cognitively impaired older adults.
he offered to share some of the materials he had prepared
for the residents at the Promenade, he was asked if wouldnt
mind doing a similar thing for the participants in the
request led to the development of a slide show presentation
that Whitten puts together and moderates every week.
was nominated for the Senior Achievement Award by the
some of the staff at the EORC.
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 Queens Park where he was joined by 20
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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