Awards honour caregivers

They are the unacclaimed heroes and heroines of every neighbour-hood, seldom rewarded with public recognition. But two newly established programs of awards will honour selfless and steadfast non-professional caregivers. Insurance company Allianz Canada, sponsors of Caregiving with June Callwood, has established the Allianz Canada Caregiver of the Year Awards, offering $10,000 to the winner of a national contest award, and five $1,000 regional awards. Winners will be announced on Oct 1, 1998.

To nominate an exceptional non-professional caregiver, describe in 350 words or less the circumstances of the caregiver and the person receiving care. Include the name and contact information of the nominator, the caregiver, care recipient and one other person familiar with the caregiving situation.

Mail nominations to: Allianz Canada Caregiver of the Year Awards, P.O. Box 72522, Greenwin Square Postal Outlet, Toronto, Ont., M4W 3S9 (post-marked no later than Aug. 31, 1998). An independent committee drawn primarily from organizations associated with caregiving concerns will assess the nominations.

Priva Inc. – a manufacturer of waterproof sheet protectors – will honour caregirs who “exemplify the traits of selflessness, compassion, strength and humanity” through its Caring for Caregivers program.

To nominate a deserving caregiver, send a letter to: Caring for Caregivers, Priva inc., 9100 Ray Lawson Blvd., Anjou, Que., H1J 1K8, or e-mail [email protected] describing the caregiver’s situation, challenges they’ve faced and overcome, and the qualities that make them an outstanding caregiver. Include your own phone number and address, and for purposes of notification, that of the nominated caregiver. Winners will be notified in November, 1998.

The Priva National Caregiver of the Year in Canada will enjoy a seven-day cruise for two plus $500 towards reimbursement for a week’s worth of professional nursing care; provincial winners will receive $100 towards a day of professional nursing care and respite. An award certificate acknowledging their contributions will be sent to all nominees along with a copy of Priva’s Resource Guide for Caregivers.

Judges will include June Callwood, host of Caregiving with June Callwood; Karen Henderson of Caregiver Network Inc., and Steve Rudin, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. For more information on the Caring for Caregivers program, call Deborah Mersino at 1-800-761-8881, ext. 400