Prince Edward Island—Senior Islanders of the YearPublished on 4 October 2016 by Senator Elizabeth Hubley
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley:
Honourable senators, yesterday five outstanding seniors from my home province of Prince Edward Island were named as Senior Islanders of the Year for their incredible contributions to their communities.
Verna Barlow, from Poplar Grove, has been actively volunteering in her community for decades. She has been a member of the Stewart Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary for more than 40 years and has been honoured extensively for her service. She has been a member of the Poplar Grove-MacNeill’s Mills Women’s Institute for over 40 years as well, and has held many executive positions.
Maria Bernard of Summerside has been a leader with a variety of organizations, including the Evangeline Regional Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival, and the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre. She has organized education sessions on health and wellness to improve the lives of her fellow Islanders and enthusiastically shares her love of Acadian language and culture.
Bill Hogg, of Cornwall, is a retired teacher who volunteers in support of school breakfast programs and offers presentations at schools and at the university. In addition to this work, he has been a member of the board of directors of Kids Count and a camp director for the Canadian Diabetes Association, and he played a vital role in the creation of the Terry Fox Trail Enhancement Group.
Annie Lee MacDonald, a resident of Augustine Cove, is a passionate advocate for accessibility, shining a light on hard-of- hearing issues. She is founder and president of the P.E.I. chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and has been member of the national board for 15 years. She teaches speech reading and actively volunteers with the Crapaud Exhibition and Garden Show.
Alice Taylor, of Stratford, is actively involved in the Early Childhood Development Association of Prince Edward Island, where she has held the role of president and now serves as vice- president. She has proven herself a leader with Handle with Care, a parenting program aimed at the emotional well-being of children, and is a member of Education 20/20, a non-profit committed to quality education for all.
The exceptional contributions of these five individuals have no doubt had a lasting impact on their fellow Islanders and their province as a whole. They have helped to make our island a better place to live. I would like to thank them for their good work, and I ask you to join me in congratulating them on this well-deserved recognition.