Kenyans in Canada celebrate and honour seniors at a colorful event

The seniors who were awarded in five categories at the inaugural Seniors Celebration Day / KCA/ FACEBOOK

BY KCA

TORONTO, CANADA– September 18, 2021 — Kenyan Canadian Association on Saturday held its inaugural Seniors Celebration Day on Saturday in North York, Ontario.

The event also featured the Senior of the Year Award to honour seniors — 65 years and above — that have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to enrich the social, economic and cultural life in the community. The recipients of the award must have made the commitment to service without thought of personal or financial gain.

Six seniors were awarded in five categories including Raphael Fernandes, who is the KCA Board Chair/Sports and Recreation and former Kenyan Olympian for Community Leadership Award, Dr Jacobet Edith Wambayi from Uzima Women Relief Group International for Humanitarian and Community Service Award, pastor Eunice Magira-Hawkins from Glory Community Church for Spiritual and Community Support Award, Amina Rishard Omar for Outstanding Newcomer Award, Ligia Van Rosi and Jimmy Van Rosi from the Van Rosi Duo for Arts, Music and Cultural Preservation Award.

KCA Board officials at the event included Ephraim Mwaura, the president and executive director, Catherine Matimu – board secretary/ newcomers and settlement, Fatma Nadhir – social economic empowerment and Terry Ortlieb – seniors outreach.

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KCA Secretariat was represented by Miriam Mackenzie – gender equality officer.

In his speech, KCA president Mwaura noted there is more informed recognition of the important contribution that seniors make to their families, communities and the country.

He said that redirecting attention to health promotion and disease prevention is required in order to enable our elders maintain optimal health and quality of life.

Mwaura also pointed out some of the barriers and inequities that will need to be addressed through KCA Seniors Outreach Program initiatives.

He encouraged seniors across the country to register on the KCA website at www.kcacanada.org/seniors to facilitate seniors outreach program planning for services that will help address the social economic issues facing them even as the number of seniors in the community grows rapidly.

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