AgeCare Harmony Court Estate's 2016 Seniors of Distinction Awards

On September 23rd, AgeCare Harmony Court Estate and their valued partners acknowledge four very worthy seniors for the difference they make in our communities, workplaces, and families.

“There are more than 25,000+ seniors living in Burnaby. Many of these seniors go about their daily lives quietly achieving positive change, both within the community and in the lives of those around them”, said Paula Anderson, General Manager at AgeCare Harmony Court Estate. “National Seniors Day” is October 1st and the Seniors of Distinction Awards is our chance to show our appreciation to these individuals and celebrate their amazing accomplishments.” 

We are pleased to be joined this year by four distinguished guest speakers at this year’s event; City of Burnaby Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake Kathy Corrigan, MLA for Burnaby North Richard Lee and  MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds Raj Chouhan.

“We were very proud to host such an inspiring event,” said Joel Grigg, Retirement Living Consultant at AgeCare Harmony Court Estate. “These seniors truly deserve to be celebrated.”

The 2016 Seniors of Distinction Awards winners are:


Susan Nugent, Leadership Award

Susan was nominated because of her dedication and leadership in working with many organizations in Burnaby.  Susan works as the Director at the Burnaby Seniors Community, volunteers as a director for the Burnaby Fall Prevention Society and she is the treasurer for the Edmonds all weather hikers group. Susan also provides compassionate care to individuals and their families at the Burnaby Hospice Society.

She is a keen believer in dance therapy and works at the Edmonds community Centre and organizes ballroom dancing and the seniors Friday afternoon dances since 2008. She is a past volunteer with the 2009 Policeman & Fireman world games, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2012 Senior Games and now you can see her as a volunteer at the Bard on the Beach.

Raj Vyas, Community Service Award

Raj has been recognized for his volunteering at many community organizations such as the Burnaby Neighbourhood House reaching out to at-risk, isolated and vulnerable seniors. He volunteers with “Voices of Burnaby Seniors” who help to ensure the needs of Burnaby Seniors are heard and addressed and is a trainer for seniors using TransLink as their form of transportation. He volunteers as a Block Watch Captain and area coordinator and as a volunteer at the Edmonds Community Centre. He has been a director for the Senior Services division there as well.  Raj volunteers for the Crisis Centre, the Hindu temple and is an ambassador to new comers to Burnaby and the lower mainland.

June Exworthy, Arts Award

Volunteers her hours of work at her Church, Saint Albans Anglican painting and sanding even at the young age of 90 years. She has been involved with sports, gardening and working out in the gym for years and at the age of 70 June got involved with photography and has won awards for her works

Marilyn Pitt, Healthy Living Award

Marilyn has been selected to receive the award for “Healthy Living” for her work with the Queensborough Middle School as part of their breakfast program and she volunteers on the special programs committee at the local community centre where she assists with putting up posters, eliciting support from neighbors and is an active participant. She also Volunteers at the Port Royal community garden and volunteers to call on isolated seniors to get them out to participate in special events. She volunteers with the Residents’ Association twice a week; feeding, bedding changes and gathering homeless cats for spay & neutering.

Is there a Senior of Distinction in your life? If they are over the age of 65 and from Burnaby or New Westminster you can nominate them for 2017 consideration online at


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