Local resident Bonnie Blain has been awarded the Ontario Senior of the Year Award from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
The Ontario Senior of the Year Award recognizes seniors, who after the age of 65 have enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the community, without thought of personal or financial gain.
Councillor Steve Clement and Nancy Cox-Godfrey, on behalf of Bracebridge Town Council and the Community Recognition Advisory Committee, presented the Ontario Senior of the Year Award to Mrs. Blain on July 20, 2017.
Councillor Clement, Chair of the Committee was pleased to present the award to Mrs. Blain stating, “Bonnie has helped many people in our community in a variety of ways. This presentation emphasizes how grateful the community of Bracebridge and the Province of Ontario is to have people like Bonnie who volunteer to make life better for others. We congratulate Mrs. Blain and thank her for her significant
Blain is one of the Pines Long Term Care Home’s most dedicated volunteers.
Since 2004, she has been with the Palliative Care team as a volunteer aide to residents and their families during the resident’s final days. Bonnie also attends the Pines at least once a month to teach volunteers and administer Therapeutic Touch to residents.
For many years, Bonnie has assisted with grief counselling and visitations for Hospice Muskoka. She was a Board member from 2006-2009 and helps to coordinate their fundraising events.
Bonnie is frequently the evening on-call volunteer for Muskoka Sexual Assault Services with over 2,000 hours of on-call time logged in 2015 alone. As well, she coordinates the Service’s tag day each year.
During the winter months, Bonnie assists with the shopping and preparation of the Soup Kettle lunches at the Bracebridge United Church and acts as their treasurer.
Aside from these noted volunteer functions, Bonnie is a member of the Bracebridge Fall Fair Fibre Arts division, a Board member of the Muskoka Spiritualist Church, teaches public speaking, is a life-time volunteer of the CNIB, a founding member of Community Information Muskoka 211, a past member and division Treasurer for the SMM Hospital Auxiliary, past Treasurer of the Probus Club of South Muskoka and a past volunteer of Bracebridge Victim Services.
In her spare time, Bonnie canvasses for the Heart and Stroke Society and the Canadian Cancer Society.