Joyce Marshall wins Ontario Seniors Achievement Award

WHITBY – The Ontario government is celebrating the accomplishments of 20 outstanding seniors for their contributions to their communities and to the province at the 2023 Ontario Senior Achievement Award.

“I am delighted to help present the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards to a remarkable group of recipients,” said the Honourable Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “It is important that we continue to recognize the contributions of seniors in our society, and I am so glad to have this opportunity to shine a light on the work of 20 impressive Ontarians, who have done so much to uplift and support their communities.”

“Every year Ontario recognizes the significant contributions that Ontario’s Seniors make to their communities,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.  “I was thrilled to learn that Joyce Marshall was selected as a recipient of the Ontario Achievement Award through my nomination this year.”

Joyce Marshall is a beacon of compassion and leadership in Whitby. As a retired nursery teacher, she stands as a shining example of selfless dedication and tireless commitment to the well-being of the community, particularly its senior members. Her remarkable service as a volunteer at the Whitby 55+ Recreation Centre reflects a deep-rooted passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others. She has initiated and nurtured various projects and initiatives such as the annual World AIDS Day for the town of Whitby and Hospice Awareness Day in Durham Region. Joyce also serves as a dedicated Board member of VON Durham for over two decades, including a commendable 10-year term as Board Chair. Her unwavering dedication, compassionate initiatives, and outstanding leadership have left an indelible mark on the community.

Recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award are helping to improve the lives of Ontarians of all ages through community service and humanitarian activities. The 2023 recipients are being recognized for their volunteerism, charitable fundraising, advocacy work, and more. They also support and empower their fellow seniors by organizing educational, cultural, and artistic initiatives.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the Senior Achievement Award recipients,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “I am inspired by your dedication in helping seniors across our province. On behalf of all Ontarians, thank you for your commitment and exceptional service.”

Since 1987, the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards have recognized 696 outstanding seniors. To see the full list of the 2023 Ontario Senior Achievement Award recipients, visit:

“Ontario’s seniors have played a critical role in building our communities and province into the strong and prosperous place it is today,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “Congratulations to all those being recognized with this year’s Ontario Senior Achievement Award for their many years of dedicated service to their communities. Thank you for all that you have done to build a stronger and better Ontario for all who call our province home.”

The recipients are being recognized by the Honourable Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Minister Cho, at a ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

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