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Date: September 18, 2008

Life is Good in the CRD, Thanks to Senior Volunteers

Five seniors who have spent decades improving the lives of others in the capital region will receive the University of Victoria Centre on Aging’s 2008 Valued Elder Recognition Award (VERA) on Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. The 2008 VERA recipients are:

Prue Cunningham (Saanich resident), founder of the Sendial Program: Over the past 20 years, thousands of seniors have benefited from the Sendial program where volunteers shop and deliver groceries to seniors and people who are housebound. Contact Prue Cunningham at 250-382-3281.

Mavis DeGirolamo (Victoria resident), inter-cultural volunteer: DeGirolamo works as an ESL teacher and gives citizenship classes with the Inter-cultural Association. She also facilitates an immigrant seniors group, has served four terms as the board president and worked on many committees. Contact Mavis DeGirolamo at 250-385-5179.

Donna Godwin (Sidney resident), community builder:
Godwin believes in building our community into the place we want to live. From leading the church choir to teaching courses, Godwin works with anyone who needs a hand. Contact Donna Godwin at 250-656-1015.

Fredi McComb (Victoria resident), arts volunteer: During the 1950s McComb volunteered for a small theatre company in Toronto, working with the likes of Lorne Greene and Christopher Plummer. Twenty years later she continues to volunteer for various arts organizations, including the Victoria Jazz Festival. Contact Fredi McComb at 250-479-7478.

Basil Carlton “Mickey” Stevens (Saanich resident), youth and veteran volunteer:
Stevens has strong ties with the men he fought with in WWII as well as other air force veterans living in the CRD. He visits many of these veterans, bringing them his sense of humour and sincere interest in their lives. Contact “Mickey” Stevens at 250-727-3625.

After the awards ceremony internationally renowned brain researcher Dr. Max Cynader, of the Vancouver-based Brain Research Centre, will be give a free public lecture entitled “The Healthy Aging Brain.”

Backgrounder attached
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Media contacts:
Lois Edgar (Centre on Aging) at 250-721-6524 or ledgar@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca
Backgrounders:
2008 Valued Elder Recognition Award Recipients

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