OTTAWA, April 4, 2014 – Caregivers from across Ottawa were recognized for their invaluable contributions at the Champlain CCAC's Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards. The ceremonies were held in Ottawa on April 1, in Cornwall on April 2, and in Pembroke on April 3.
The awards were presented to individuals − family members, friends, volunteers and health care professionals − whose kindness and commitment allow others to live full lives in their communities, despite the limitations of age, illness or disability.
Faced with unimaginable challenges, caregivers often sacrifice their careers and their own health to provide medical care, emotional support and daily assistance to those in need.
About 13 million Canadians have provided unpaid care to someone they know. Caregivers play a vital role in Canada's health care system. It is estimated that the value of their work amounts to an economic contribution of roughly $25 billion annually across the country.
"The success of the Champlain CCAC depends on the continued commitment and compassion of paid and unpaid caregivers. They are essential partners in care across the region, in every community. Congratulations and thank you to this year's Heroes in the Home award recipients," said Gilles Lanteigne, Chief Executive Officer, Champlain CCAC.