Longtime Scarborough activist receives lifetime achievement award: Lillie Johnson feted at Ontario Long Term Care Association annual conference


uReport, Scarborough Mirror

Each year the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) bestows a lifetime achievement award to a member of one of its homes and this year’s recipient is from Scarborough.

Lillie Johnson was honoured in late November at the association’s annual awards conference in Toronto — and further recently honoured at her Extendicare Rouge Valley home.

The award is bestowed on an individual who has made remarkable accomplishments and outstanding contributions to society, their community and/or their long-term care home.

Extendicare Rouge Valley resident and recipient of the Ontario Long Term Care Association's Lifetime Achievement Award Lillie Johnson (seated), is surrounded by Extendicare's vice-president of long-term care operations Michael Harris (left), president and CEO Tim Lukenda and Extendicare Rouge Valley administrator Terry Pilgrim during the presentation ceremony held December 15, 2016.Extendicare staff who missed the conference felt that they could not leave it at that and were determined to continue celebrating Lillie Johnson in the place she calls home.

Born in 1922, Lillie is the epitome of the senior of today, one who continues to contribute to her community at any age, who sees age as a gift and not a challenge, said a news release from the communications team at Extendicare.

“She has worked for more than 70 years caring for, teaching and working for her community. One area of immense contribution is Lillie’s work with Sickle Cell, a disease where she still volunteers to this day. Because of her work, Sickle cell is routinely tested on newborns in Canada.

“Lillie got her grit and determination from her parents and especially her father who was also an advocate for others. We continue to see that determination today through her interactions in her community.

“We would like to personally thank you, Lillie, for all the lives you have touched. It is indeed a great privilege to have you as one of our own and we are grateful to Extendicare Rouge Valley for creating an atmosphere where our seniors can continue to thrive right into their 90s.

“Congratulations Lillie for your award and your achievements.”

Reprinted from the Scarborough Mirror, December 22, 2016

In photo: Extendicare Rouge Valley resident and recipient of the Ontario Long Term Care Association's Lifetime Achievement Award Lillie Johnson (seated), is surrounded by Extendicare's vice-president of long-term care operations Michael Harris (left), president and CEO Tim Lukenda and Extendicare Rouge Valley administrator Terry Pilgrim during the presentation ceremony held December 15, 2016.