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Champlain CCAC Honours Caregivers at Heroes in the Home Awards

Stories of love and caregiving will be featured at Ottawa City Hall ceremony

OTTAWA, May 6, 2015―The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will be celebrating local caregivers at the 2015 Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards at Ottawa City Hall.

This special ceremony will honour 29 exceptional caregivers of all ages and backgrounds. The award recipients were nominated by members of the community who were inspired by their selflessness and commitment to helping others.

Caregivers are family members, friends, volunteers and health care professionals who make it possible for people to stay at home despite the limitations of age, illness or disability.

"This year's Heroes in the Home are faced with unimaginable challenges, and yet they find a way to carry on. The Champlain CCAC would like to say thank you by recognizing the essential role of caregivers in our health system and in every community," said Gilles Lanteigne, CEO, Champlain CCAC.

Here are some examples of the stories of love that will be featured at the Heroes in the Home ceremony:

  • Cheryl Graham provides 24/7 care for her daughter, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury in 2006. Cheryl gave up a career to become her primary caregiver and manages all of her care.
  • Jean Claude Charbonneau, official hairdresser to his wife, was also her main caregiver for six years. Although she now lives in a long-term care home, Jean Claude continues to visit her to make sure that she is happy and, most importantly, well groomed!
  • Since her husband's illness, Khalida Mufti has learned how to give injections, take his blood pressure, provide basic nursing care, and shows unconditional love and support.

"The Champlain CCAC would like to say thank you by recognizing the essential role of caregivers in our health system and in every community."

 

About the Champlain CCAC

The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is one of the largest health service providers in eastern Ontario, connecting people to care in a region covering over 18,000 sq. km. Every year, the Champlain CCAC supports clients in a variety of settings through injury, illness and the complications of age or disability by facilitating their access to information, community-based services and other resources. Our client care coordination teams help develop care plans for people of all ages, focused on maintaining independence and dignity at home and in their community.