Southampton resident receives OLTCA Lifetime
Achievement awardBetty Colborne honoured for her
volunteerism, educational accomplishments and dedication to athletics
A resident at Southampton Care Centre is
the recipient of an Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA) Lifetime
Achievement award, in recognition of her volunteerism, educational
accomplishments and dedication to athletics.
Betty Colborne, who has lived at the Bruce County
long-term care home for more than a year, was nominated for one
of the awards, which are given out each year to honour residents
who have made exceptional achievements in their communities.
Andrea Prentice, the Jarlette Health Services-owned
home’s resident and family services co-ordinator, says staff
members nominated Colborne to recognize her community efforts throughout
the years and to ensure her legacy is always remembered.
“Betty’s achievements and community
contributions are remarkable,” says Prentice of Colborne,
who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
“Her work with children, education and culture
has helped shape the communities that she lived in. She made a difference
in her lifetime,” says Prentice. “The Lifetime Achievement
award preserves her memories through this recognition.”
Today, Prentice says Colborne’s strong sense
of duty and belief in volunteerism continue to be a part of her
life, noting she can always be counted on to help other residents.
“You can tell that that volunteering was
very much a part of her life,” she says.
Colborne was born and raised in Sussex, N.B. In
1949 she graduated from McGill University and earned a masters degree
at the University of Windsor. She began her professional career
as athletic director at Dalhousie University, later becoming varsity
coach at Queen’s University.
She married her husband, Bill, in 1955 and became
a stay-at-home mother to raise the couple’s four children,
while continuing to volunteer in her spare time.
While still finding time to play a variety of
sports and raise her family, she enjoyed 33 years of community work
in Windsor, then in Bruce County.
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