Seniors Honoured

Mayor Darrin Canniff and Chatham-Kent Councillor Clare Latimer Thursday presented awards to local seniors for their volunteer efforts in the community.

This year’s Chatham-Kent Senior of The Year award went to the more than 120 seniors who served at the Chatham-Kent COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. Vaccination clinic volunteers from all parts of Chatham-Kent came together to make the experience efficient, safe and welcoming. 

“I literally heard from a hundred people from across the community who told me how great this was,” Caniff said. “I didn’t hear a single complaint. There was a lot of planning that went into this but the volunteers were invaluable in making it work.”

Counc. Latimer, Senior Expo Committee chairperson, shared the sentiment. ”I heard from people who had never even stepped foot in the Bradley Centre before. I didn’t hear any negative feedback from anyone,” she said. “It was an amazing outpouring of community spirit.”

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance President and CEO Lori Marshall said the clinic attracted 140 new volunteers to the CKHA base. “It’s a testament to everything that’s good about Chatham-Kent. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

More than 118,000 vaccinations were administered at the Bradley Centre Clinic and other pop-up clinics at which volunteers took part.

Also honoured Thursday was last year’s Chatham-Kent’s Senior of the Year, Carolyn Powers of Chatham who was recognized by the province as Ontario Senior of the Year 2020 for Chatham-Kent.

Carolyn has been a community volunteer her entire life and continues to contribute to the community by devoting her time to a number of causes. With her nearly 60 years in Scouting to service club work, drug and alcohol education and welcoming newcomers, she has been there for her community.

The awards are traditionally presented during the Senior Expo held at the Blenheim Arena in June but that ceremony was cancelled due to COVIC-19 concerns.

For more information contact:

Clare Latimer
Councillor/ Senior Expo Committee Chair
Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Mayor Darrin Canniff
Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Media Contact:
Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624