Nova Scotians of all ages are being recognized for making life better in communities across the province with the launch of the 2013 Intergenerational Awards.
Kings North MLA Jim Morton, on behalf of Seniors Minister Denise Peterson Rafuse, officially opened nominations Friday, March 8 for the awards which celebrate seniors and young people for their outstanding efforts and achievements.
"Seniors have a lifetime of knowledge to share with young people, and young people have an abundance of enthusiasm to inspire our seniors," said Morton. "By celebrating these activities, we are moving beyond generational stereotypes and creating communities where we can all learn from others' experiences and actions."
Morton spent part of Friday afternoon at the Nova Scotia Community College Annapolis Valley Campus in Middleton talking with participants of the Adult Day Program there, and telling them the story of growing up on a Kings County farm with his parents and grandparents and the importance of people young and old interacting to enrich the lives of all.
The Intergenerational Awards will be presented for outstanding volunteer group, outstanding volunteer service: younger generation, and outstanding volunteer service: older generation.
The Middleton Adult Day Program was recognized in 2012 as the province's outstanding volunteer group. It’s considered the premiere program of its kind in all of Canada.
"This award acknowledges the many strong partnerships within our community that bring seniors and younger people together in a safe and supportive environment," said Middleton Adult Day Program manager Tom MacNeil. "Through our work, we know there are many more individuals and groups around the province that deserve recognition, and I hope people will take a little time to submit a nomination."
Anyone in Nova Scotia can submit a nomination. The deadline for submissions is April 5.
For more information including nomination forms, visit novascotia.ca/seniors/NS_Intergenerational_Awards.asp .
See video from Friday afternoon’s launch in Middleton.