On October 28, the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) recognized local caregivers at the Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards Ceremony at the Embassy Grand Convention Centre in Brampton. Over 200 people attended the event, including David Robertson, Central West CCAC Board Chair, Cathy Hecimovich, CEO of the Central West CCAC. Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale also attended and brought greetings to the group.
This year, 106 caregivers were nominated as Heroes and 70 were able to attend the gala event; many able to bring their families, nominators or co-workers along.
Heroes in the Home awards recognize caregivers, both unpaid and paid. As each Hero was announced and asked to come to the stage to receive their award, their nominator's descriptions of what makes them special - the sacrifices, compassion, dedication and professionalism - were shared with the audience.
It was truly touching to hear the many wonderful stories from grateful family members, patients or clients who benefit from the heroic efforts of others: husbands and wives caring for spouses suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, nurses or personal support workers going above and beyond to meet their patients' needs, a girl caring for her sister with cerebral palsy.
The common thread in all the amazing Hero stories is the impact their skill and kindness has in allowing others to live fulfilling lives despite the limitations of age, illness and disability.
Congratulations to all of our Heroes in the Home!