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A well-known fig­ure from the past in the Ex­ploits re­gion was named a Se­nior of Distinc­tion

A life­time of ser­vice and pol­i­tics has earned Len Simms a Se­nior of Distinc­tion Award.

First awarded in 2009, the Se­niors of Distinc­tion Awards are in­tended to in­crease recognition of se­niors in our prov­ince, and in­crease vis­i­bil­ity of se­niors in New­found­land and Labrador so­ci­ety.

Leonard (Len) Simms was born in 1943 in How­ley and raised in Cor­ner Brook, but be­came a long-time res­i­dent of Grand Falls-Windsor be­fore mov­ing to St. John’s, noted a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the re­cip­i­ents.

His list of ac­co­lades and ac­com­plish­ments in­cludes: pres­i­dent of the Kins­men Club of Grand Falls-Windsor, deputy gover­nor of Kins­men NL, Gover­nor of Kins­men, At­lantic Prov­inces and the first New­found­land Kins­men to be to be elected na­tional pres­i­dent of the Kins­men

Clubs of Canada, in 1978-79.

Simms has been in­volved with a num­ber of char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing: the Li­ons Max Simms Memo­rial Camp since 1981, chair of Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion Ad­vi­sory Board; and mem­ber of Stella’s Cir­cle Gover­nance Board.

He is also a well-known po­lit­i­cal fig­ure, hav­ing served as MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor, Speaker of the House, Mem­ber of Cabi­net, Leader of the PC Party of New­found­land and Labrador and Leader of the Op­po­si­tion. Most re­cently, Simms served as CEO of New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and, as an af­ford­able hous­ing ad­vo­cate, re­ceived the Na­tional Cana­dian Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Award at the 2013 Cana­dian Hous­ing Con­gress for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ad­vanc­ing af­ford­able hous­ing so­lu­tions.

Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh, Min­ster of Chil­dren, Se­niors and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, an­nounced the 2017 Se­niors of Distinc­tion Award re­cip­i­ents.

The Se­niors of Distinc­tion Awards pro­gram was de­signed to iden­tify and cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions, achieve­ments and di­ver­sity of older per­sons through­out New­found­land and Labrador.

This year’s other re­cip­i­ents are Mar­garet Bur­den of Port Hope Simp­son, Au­gus­tine (Gus) Etchegary of Por­tu­gal Cove-St. Philips, Der­mot (Derm) Flynn of Ap­ple­ton and Wil­lis Why­att of St. Carol’s.

A for­mal awards cer­e­mony to hon­our these de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als will take place on Oc­to­ber 3.

“Rec­og­niz­ing se­niors for their con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments within the com­mu­nity is just a small way to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” said Gam­bin-Walsh. “Se­niors play such an im­por­tant role in shap­ing the lives of others, through their knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and gen­eros­ity.”

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Len Simms was re­cently rec­og­nized as a Se­nior of Distinc­tion.

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