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Tuesday August 18th, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre is once again honouring caregivers in the community with the 3rd annual Heroes in the Home recognition program.

Community members are invited to nominate paid and unpaid caregivers who they feel provide exceptional care, whether it’s a family member caring for a loved one or a health professional providing quality care to patients. Anyone can nominate a caregiver for recognition.

“It’s estimated that unpaid caregivers provide $25 billion worth of labour to the health care system each year,” said Dave Richie, Lead, Communications and Public Affairs for the CCAC. “This includes those people who juggle caring for loved ones while going to work and raising a family. Even though they might not ask to be thanked, we think it’s important to acknowledge their tremendous contributions.”

Nominations can be submitted online here. Each nominee, as well as the individual who nominated them, is then invited to one of three official recognition events in November in Windsor, Chatham and Sarnia.

“It is through the kindness and dedication shown by these individuals that care is delivered to those who need it,” said Erie St. Clair CCAC CEO Lori Marshall. “We are excited to celebrate these inspiring caregivers and their hard work.”

The CCAC is also looking for community partners interested in donating items for gift bags that will be handed out to nominees. Honourees also receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

Last year’s Heroes in the Home event recognized 85 caregivers across the Erie St. Clair region.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 2nd, 2015.

 

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