Ottawa, December 3, 2012 - A remarkable group of local citizens were recognized with "Heroes in the Home" Caregiver Recognition Awards at a series of special ceremonies held across Eastern Ontario.
In all, 181 individuals across the region were honoured last week by the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for their selfless commitment. These tireless individuals work in partnership with the Champlain CCAC to ensure that health and home care is provided to those in need. The awards are presented to individuals - including family members, friends, volunteers and health care professionals - whose kindness and commitment allows others to live full lives in their communities, despite the limitations of age, illness or disability.
An informal caregiver – spouse, child, extended family member, friend, or neighbor – in a given day will provide medical care, emotional support and assistance with daily living activities. These individuals are integral to health care in Canada. It has been estimated that by relieving public cost, informal caregivers contribute over $25 billion to the Canadian economy.
"The success of the CCAC is directly connected to the commitment and compassion that these individuals display day in and day out", noted Gilles Lanteigne, Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain CCAC. "The role that each caregiver assumes is unique but the impact of those commitments in unison are profound."
"These individuals are an integral part of the Canadian health care system" adds Michael Ennis CCAC Champlain CCAC Board Chair. "It‟s so great to see so many caregivers in our community helping to improve the lives of others".
Heroes in the Home events were held in Ottawa on November 27, Cornwall on November 28 and in Pembroke on November 29.