Earlier today, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic announced Sue Morgan as this year’s 2020 Senior of the Year. Sue was recognized for over 20 years of volunteerism, during which she has held several board member positions with local organizations such as the Independent Living Centre, Centre in the Square, United Way, Kitchener Public Library, the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee, Older adults’ Centers Association of Ontario, Mayor’s Advisory Council or Kitchener Seniors and the Region of Waterloo’s Seniors Services Strategy Committee. As an older adult and a person living with a disability, Sue has been a tremendous role model and advocate for others in the Kitchener community.

“Over the past twenty years, Sue has impacted countless lives in our community through the many projects and initiatives which she has been associated with,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “It’s a real pleasure to recognize someone as caring and dynamic as Sue, as we well as all of this year’s nominees for their valuable contributions to the Kitchener community.”

Sue’s leadership over many years has ensured direct services for those living with a disability. Through her involvement with the Independent Living Centre, including her years as chairperson, as well as in her role as chairperson of Grand River Transit’s Specialized Transit Services Committee, Sue has always been a strong advocate for accessibility in our region.

“Sue’s positivity and passion for her community comes through in everything she does” said Councillor Dave Schnider. “She’s a shining example of how one person’s efforts can make a huge difference in improving the quality of life for others in our community.”

Officially marking International Day of the Older Person, Sue Morgan was announced as the 2020 Senior of the Year earlier today. Each nominee was also recognized individually with a scheduled porch visit, where City Councillors and members of the Senior of the Year planning committee presented them with a certificate, gift basket from sponsor The Village of Winton Park, a lawn sign and city pin to honour their contributions to the Kitchener community.

The award’s selection panel, comprised of members of Kitchener City Council, Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS), City staff and the Volunteer Action Centre, carefully reviews each nomination, selecting a candidate whose volunteer efforts or contributions make a significant, positive impact on the community. 

Senior of the Year Nominees:

  • Bill Proctor
  • David Edgeworth
  • Dr. John Tibbits
  • Eleanor Ross
  • Gehan Sabry
  • Jessie Maniatacos
  • Judy Richardson
  • Lilian Mikuljan
  • Pam Ritz
  • Patrick Rooth

To learn more about the Senior of the Year award, nominees and this year’s recipient, visit www.kitchener.ca/SOTY.


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Shawn Falcao
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