Fort Frances resident Anthony Kadikoff was among the 20 Ontario seniors honoured yesterday at the 2010 Ontario Senior Achievement Awards at Queen’s Park.
“Anthony Kadikoff has dedicated his life to improving the lives of cancer patients in Northwestern Ontario,” the province said in a press release.
Kadikoff is currently a director on the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation (TBRHSF) board, and is perhaps best known for his work with the Northern Cancer Fund (formerly known as the Northern Cancer Research Foundation).
The Northern Cancer Fund is the only cancer fundraising organization that is dedicated to 100 percent Northwestern Ontario cancer care, and supports initiatives such as The Linda Buchan Centre for Breast Screening and Assessment, TBayTel Tamarack House, and smoking cessation programs for patients, as well as cancer patient care, education and awareness.
Other recipients from Northern Ontario included:
•Victor Prokopchuk has shared his business and management experience to the benefit of all the people of Atikokan;
•Donald Auger, who created the Dilico Children’s Foundation, and is helping address the challenges faced by First Nations’ youth and families in Northwestern Ontario;
•George and Archie Cadden, better known as “the Cadden Brothers” in Dawson Township (Manitoulin Island), always are pitching in to help improve their community;
•Ted Giannini, of Sudbury, who has dedicated his life to helping others by working with Ontario’s Red Cross;
•Ray Kinoshameg, of Sudbury, who has helped build strong community-based programs that lift the spirit of aboriginal members through healing and reconnection with their culture and traditions; and
•Evelyn Theriault, who donates her time and expertise as chair of the local Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition and Seniors’ Health Advisory Committee in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Senior Achievement Award is the province’s highest recognition for seniors. It is presented annually to Ontarians over the age of 65 who have made significant contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities.
“Today’s recipients are an inspiration to all of us and proof that you can make a difference at any age,” Ontario Lt.-Gov. David C. Onley said in a press release yesterday.
“Congratulations to everyone on this well-deserved recognition and for making a substantive difference in Ontario communities,” he added.
“All the seniors honoured today [Oct. 13] have made truly exceptional contributions to Ontario,” echoed Sophia Aggelonitis, the minister responsible for seniors.
“Not only are they role models for other seniors, they are role models for all Ontarians,” she noted.
The first Ontario Senior Achievement Awards were presented in 1986.
Ontario communities also recognize the contributions of seniors through the Senior of the Year Awards during Seniors’ Month each June.