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Josephine Pon


October 6, 2022



Each year, I look forward to the Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. This event gives me the opportunity to meet and thank the outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations who step up to lend a helping hand to seniors.

We owe a debt of thanks to those who dedicate their time, talents and resources to help seniors. This year’s award recipients are no exception. They worked to protect seniors from fraud and abuse. They advocated for improved quality of life. They reduced financial barriers for seniors who need hearing aids. And much, much more.

Here are the 2022 award recipients:

  • Linda F. Ensley creates innovative community partnerships to protect seniors from fraud and abuse.
  • Rossbina Nathoo advocates for improved quality of life for seniors through social, educational, recreation and cross-cultural activities.
  • Sherrisa Celis advocates for seniors’ issues and strives to make the lives of seniors as enjoyable and meaningful as possible.
  • Kristen Chambers pioneered the mixed-market rent model to make affordable housing available to more seniors in her community.
  • Audiology Innovations helps reduce financial barriers for seniors who require hearing assistance.
  • Sage Seniors Association offers an all-gender domestic violence shelter and services for seniors escaping violence and abuse.
  • The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council promotes the well-being and security of seniors through education and training about elder abuse prevention.
  • Tom Zariski received the Alice Modin Award for his passion and activism in his community since 1975.
  • The Good Samaritan Society received the Building Better Together Award for its work providing innovative and caring environments across Alberta, while enhancing its focus on Indigenous health issues and services.

This year, we recognized our award recipients at a special ceremony at Government House in Edmonton. Each individual, business and organization is so deserving of this recognition and I was honoured to be able to personally thank them for their service.

To find out more about the Minister’s Seniors Service Awards and read the full biographies of this year’s recipients, please visit Minister’s Seniors Service Awards.

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    Josephine Pon

    Josephine Pon served as Minister of Seniors and Housing from April 30, 2019 to October 24, 2022.