Our news section offers information for the media and other interested parties who want to know more about Community Care Durham (CCD). We appreciate the interest and support of the media and other organizations. Without their support our story could not be shared with the community.
For General Information:
Please contact the Administration office at 905-985-0150.
For Media Inquiries:
Please contact Executive Director, Brent Farr at 905-668-6223 ext. 250.
CONGRATULATIONS TO COMMUNITY CARE DURHAM'S
2016 AWARD WINNERS!
Lifetime Membership Awards:
Jennifer Cree, Board of Directors: Jennifer has served as a member of the Board since joining as the Ajax-Pickering Local Director in 2007. Jennifer was Chair of the Recruitment and Development Committee from 2011 to 2013, President from 2013 to 2015, and is currently Past President. In 2008, Jennifer became the liaison between the Board of Directors and the Golf Tournament Committee, continuing with that role for several years, and is currently Chair of the CCD Walk for Mental Health Awareness. At the local level, Jennifer has volunteered as a Meals on Wheels driver since 2006. Jennifer has always been supportive of CCD, and brings a caring and compassion to decisions. Her insights into the needs of clients are greatly valued.
Joanne Hlozan, Ajax-Pickering: Over the past 24 years, Joanne has delivered Meals on Wheels to Ajax and Pickering residents, often helping out by delivering additional routes. When asked what she enjoys about delivering meals, Joanne says she has always had a soft spot for the elderly, and often thinks fondly of all the clients she has delivered to over the years. Joanne always checks in on her elderly neighbours as well, bringing coffee and donuts, inviting them over for lunch and visiting them in hospital or long-term care. Joanne helps to make a difference in her community and in the lives of the clients we serve.
Barbara Tschakovsky, Brock: For the past 23 years, Barbara has been a passionate and dedicated volunteer for the COPE Mental Health Program, both as a one-to-one volunteer and formerly as the co-facilitator for the Women's Wellness Group. Barbara is an empathetic and non-judgmental person who has a lasting impact on the clients. She always enthusiastically offers support, care and an unfailing willingness to "be there" for others. Her patience and determination, mixed with her warm smile and sense of humour, have helped all who have been fortunate to work with her. Barbara's personal qualities and skills exemplify the very best of volunteers.
Nancy MacMaster, Clarington: Nancy initially came on board in 1995 as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and her duties grew to include Friendly Visiting, Tag Day volunteer (including recruiting her husband, Jim) and Luncheon Out hostess. Her dedication and commitment have led to her being recognized with the Ontario Service Award (2002), Tom Smith Award (2004) and Clarington Volunteer Award (2012). Nancy also volunteers with St. Andrews Church, Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke, has been a school volunteer for her children and grandchildren, and is adopted caregiver to numerous relatives, neighbours and church members. We applaud Nancy's volunteer efforts.
Nancy Miller, Oshawa: Nancy has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer since 1974, making an incredible commitment to the program, and can be depended upon to be there for her weekly route. Our clients have come to know and trust Nancy, and look forward to seeing her weekly. Our clients, staff and the Oshawa community have benefited greatly from her caring and generosity of time. It is truly inspirational that her exceptional commitment has endured for 40 years!
Lloyd Pereman, Scugog: Lloyd has been a valued member of the Scugog team for 15 years, devoting a significant amount of time and energy to making Scugog a better place to live. As a transportation volunteer, her takes his role to heart, and routinely makes himself available whenever we have a request for transportation. His warm and cheerful manner makes him a favourite among our clients, who have come to depend on him and routinely as for him as their driver. Lloyd goes above and beyond to make everyone's day a little brighter and shows real empathy and concern for the well-being of our clients.
Karen & Kevin Livesey: Karen and Kevin came to Community Care Durham in January 1985, and quickly connected with the Meals on Wheels and Transportation Programs. But they don't just deliver meals; their visits also double as a check-in for the client and an opportunity for some short yet meaningful social interaction. Clients far and wide soon looked for the dynamic duo who always donned their Tilley hats wherever they went. For more than 30 years, Karen and Kevin have experienced many changes, met with their constant smiles, sense of humour and positive, caring attitude. They have touched countless lives with their kind works, smiles and hearts.
Dennis Trowse, Uxbridge: As soon as Dennis and his wife, Jean, arrived in Uxbridge 20 years ago, they looked for volunteer opportunities and chose CCD. Since then, they have volunteered countless hours as Meals on Wheels drivers, transportation volunteers and income tax volunteers. They most enjoyed delivery hot meals to clients who live out of town, a simple and easy way to help those who were struggling to maintain their independence. Dennis and Jean appreciated the clients as much as the clients appreciated them, and felt honoured to assist staff with service delivery. Although saddened by the passing of Jean, we are honoured to congratulate Dennis.
Dorothy Carroll, Lynn Morrall Award: Dorothy was an RN for 35 years, and with five years left before retirement she decided to give back to the community. The Ajax Mayor's office recommended the COPE Program and Dorothy began to volunteer 21 years ago. After retirement, Dorothy took a two year break to travel, and upon her return enroled in the Durham College Human Service Councillor Program, re-connecting with COPE as a placement student for two practicums. Dorothy's nursing background has proved very insightful, as does her passion for providing meditation and relaxation techniques for our clients, useful as she co-facilitates a Women's Wellness Support Group. Dorothy is reliable, dedicated, smart, empathetic, a good listener, funny and has a caring heart.
Corporate Leadership Award: Our annual Corporate Leadership Award rewards an exemplary corporate sponsor who has provided to CCD either a financial contribution and/or a donation of time by its employees, either inside or outside of working hours, or has otherwise distinguished itself in support of CCD services to clients. Ontario Power Generation (Darlington Nuclear) and Ontario Power Generation (Pickering Nuclear) are this year's recipients in recognition of their outstanding contribution in support of our Ajax-Pickering and Clarington clients.
Community Service Recognition Award: This annual award is to recognize an exemplary not-for-profit organization that has provided to CCD either a financial contribution, and/or a donation of time by its members, or has otherwise distinguished itself in support of CCD service to clients. The Baagwating Community Association is the recipient of this award in recognition of their outstanding contribution of many years of support to our Scugog clients.