Getting older doesn’t mean that one loses their ability to make meaningful change in the world. Here are five Alberta seniors who are proving just the opposite by sharing their innovative ideas and outstanding services with their communities:

Gwen Leepart – Fort McMurray

Gwen continues to be a shining star in her community, volunteering for years alongside various organizations which eventually garnered her the 2019 Female Senior of the Year Award in the Wood Buffalo Region. She has been a committed volunteer with the Golden Years Society in Fort McMurray, and throughout the pandemic, she has continued to help by fundraising and contributing baked and craft goods.

Richard Rogers – Nanton

Richard has distinguished himself with over a decade of volunteering for the Mosquito Creek Foundation and the Silver Willow Lodge. His foresight during the pandemic resulted in early, effective, safety procedures being implemented. At the same time, he has been a champion of innovative ideas for coping with the psychological effects of the pandemic.

Wendy Evans – Red Deer

Wendy has a long-established record of working with senior initiatives in the healthcare field. During her career as a Geriatric Assessment Nurse with the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network, she has helped to establish Specialized Geriatric Services and developed the procedures for the Healthy Ageing Program.

Colleen Belter – Coaldale

Colleen has delivered over two decades of service as the Activity Coordinator with the Sunny South Lodge. She has always focused on creating a comfortable and enjoyable setting for residents, and her work has truly shined during the pandemic. In the last several months, Colleen has implemented a number of innovative ways for seniors to enjoy recreational activities that have otherwise been hampered by COVID.

Brenda Lee – Vermilion

Brenda is a longstanding member of the Rotary Club, where she has contributed to numerous initiatives aimed at helping our senior population. The Vermilion & District Housing Foundation is indebted to her work alongside the committee of the Living Well Campaign, which provided $1.5 million dollars to help with their proposed lodge expansion.

The Hamlets at Deer Park is an independent-living senior village in Red Deer, Alberta. With a warm and caring atmosphere based on tenets of Christianity, generous amenities, and a calendar full of activities, The Hamlets at Deer Park is the go-to independent-living community of central Alberta.

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