Uxbridge senior honoured with Ontario Senior Achievement Award from Queen’s Park

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Published January 31, 2023 at 4:12 pm

Anton Schwab of Uxbridge, who has put his woodworking skills to good use for more than eight years as a dedicated volunteer at Habitat for Humanity GTA, is one of 16 seniors honoured by Queen’s Park today with Ontario Senior Achievement Awards.

Schwab donates his time every day at the Uxbridge ReStore, doing everything from fixing furniture, building displays, and testing recently donated washing machines, driers, and other appliances to make sure they work for those in need. Those who visit the ReStore have come to rely on his expertise as he always knows “the right tools and materials for every project.”

Schwab has dedicated more than 5,000 hours to his work with Habitat GTA, with his commitment to his community earning him the title of ‘Outstanding Senior.’

Ontario Lieutenant Governor called the 16 recipients “impressive” and thanked them for their contributions “and for making a positive difference in the lives of Ontarians.”

Recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award are helping to improve the lives of Ontarians of all ages through community services and humanitarian activities. This includes fundraising, leading community beautification projects, helping with programs such as Meals on Wheels, volunteering in hospitals, local churches, senior organizations, retirement homes and long-term-care homes. They also support and empower an aging population by serving as advocates for veterans, the homeless, new immigrants, the Francophone community, people with disabilities and job seekers.

Seniors and Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho also offered his congratulations. “I am inspired by your dedication in helping seniors across our province. On behalf of all Ontarians, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your commitment and exceptional service. You are role models for our future and for all ages.”

The award was created in 1986 to recognize outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to their communities after turning 65. A total of 676 outstanding seniors have been recognized since then.

The recipients are being recognized by Dowdeswell and Cho at a recognition ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

 

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