A national organization is looking to honour two outstanding caregivers in Western Canada.
The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards are an initiative that was launched in conjunction with National Caregiver Day on April 5. There are two categories for the awards, with one recognizing a friend or family member, and the other honouring a health care professional.
A winner from each category will be selected from four regions: Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, and Atlantic and Northern Canada. From there, two national winners will be selected.
Winners will be chosen by a national committee of caregivers working with a rubric of caregiver strength, commitment to care, community involvement, and compassion. As well, one nominee will win the $10,000 Canada Cares One Wish Award.
"The number of caregivers in Canada is rapidly increasing, with current estimates pegged at over 5-million," Canada Cares chairperson Caroline Tapp-McDougall said in a release. "It’s time to support and recognize caregivers from coast to coast for their tireless, selfless efforts to help improve the lives of others."
Nominations can be submitted online or by mail until Sept. 30. For more information, visit www.canadacares.org.
Canada Cares is an organization founded by Tapp-McDougall that looks to thank caregivers within the family, as well as professionals. Tapp-McDougall started the organization after helping her father Ralph when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and her mother Margaret after she had a stroke.