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Caregiver Recognition Awards Honour Unsung Heroes

 Over 150 Heroes honoured at Central Community Care Access Centre's

Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards

Richmond Hill, June 19, 2015 – At a ceremony in Markham following its Annual General Meeting last night, the Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) honoured over 150 very special caregivers at its Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards.

"Heroes in the Home acknowledges caregivers for the important work they do. It's about saying thank-you for their compassion and dedication to caring for others," says Lynn Harrett, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Central CCAC. "It's also about all of us being touched by their stories and the difference they make in the lives of others – and drawing on that inspiration as we work together to provide outstanding care at home and in the community."

Central CCAC launched the Awards in recognition of the important role that informal and formal caregivers play in the communities of the Central region. With kindness, caring and commitment, these Heroes make it possible for people to recover from illness, stay healthier and able to manage living in their own home.

Central CCAC's exceptional group of honourees include family members, friends and community volunteers who provide that extra bit of support so many people need. And health professionals, such as personal support workers, care coordinators, nurses and therapists who go above and beyond the call of duty.

According to Statistics Canada, between 1997 and 2012, the number of family caregivers across Canada increased by about 64% - to more than 8 million people. In fact, family caregivers provide about 80 percent of the care required by those in our communities who are aging, seriously ill and who are in the final stages of their life.

Joe Parker, Chair of the Central CCAC Board of Directors says the Awards highlight the essential role that both volunteer and paid caregivers play in the health system. "It makes such a difference to our community, and to those people and their families who need help and support, to have informal and formal caregivers working together," says Parker. "It is only through their extraordinary and combined efforts that many people are able to remain safely at home in the community, with a better quality of life."

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