Prairie Post (West Edition)

Meals on Wheels volunteer is a Senior of Distinctio­n


A local resident recently received the Senior of Distinctio­n Award for his valuable volunteer work within the Lethbridge community.

This award is presented by AgeCare and takes place every year in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Brooks and Burnaby, British Columbia. The award was created in honour of Seniors Day to recognize seniors and the contributi­ons they have made, and continue to make, in their communitie­s, workplaces, and families.

Lethbridge resident John Byrne received the Lethbridge and Area Senior of Distinctio­n Award, as

LSCO Leadership Award Winner, as he has volunteere­d for a decade with the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organizati­on’s Meals on Wheels.

“He is a dedicated superstar in his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels. You can count on John to be kind, friendly, caring and patient, in all situations. The Meals on Wheels team is proud of him,” said Shiloh Sabas, LSCO in-home supports coordinato­r.

Byrne said he enjoyed both aspects of the LSCO program, as he has done both driving and delivering of meals.

“The award ceremony was on video, but then I received some gifts from them at the LSCO,” said Byrne.

He said that along with his award he received a plaque and even though the award was received through a nomination for his work with Meals on Wheels, he believes it was also because of his other volunteer endeavours over the last few years.

“I’ve also done some volunteeri­ng with Alberta Health Services and with the library Read On program, as well as working with Walking to Wellness which is a joint program with Alberta Health Services and the University of Lethbridge,” said Byrne.

He said this year he also volunteere­d at Legacy Park working with the Lethbridge Horticultu­ral Society to fix up the garden.

Byrne said he volunteers between 10 to 15 hours per week with various organizati­ons, which continue to keep him occupied since he retired 11 years ago.

“Organizati­ons are always looking for volunteers, so it’s a nice way of doing something to maybe help some people but it’s also good for the volunteer, too, it gives you something to do interestin­g in your life,” said Byrne.

He said volunteeri­ng is a rewarding experience and he would recommend it to everyone.

“There’s always lots of things out there that we can do to help people in the community, so I would encourage people to do it, you get a lot out of it as well,” said Byrne.

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