Long-term care homes recognized for quality and innovation 

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2015 - Seven Ontario long-term care organizations have been recognized for excellence in quality and innovation. 

The Ontario Long Term Care Association represents nearly 70% of long-term care homes in the province. Every year, Association members submit their quality and innovation success stories to the Ontario Long Term Care Association's quality awards program. The final selections are made by an independent external panel. 

"Long-term care homes are doing great work to improve the care and quality of life of their residents, but it's often under the radar," says Candace Chartier, CEO, Ontario Long Term Care Association.  "The awards are a way to say "Thank you" for their accomplishments and leadership, and to shine a light on homes, programs, and people that will inspire others." 

At the awards ceremony last night, the following long-term care homes and organizations were presented with 2015 Quality and Innovation Awards: 

OLTCA/Excellence Canada Long Term Care Home of the Year Award 

• The O'Neill Centre, Toronto

Workplace of the Year 

• Trinity Village, Kitchener

QI Team of the Year 

• Telfer Place, Paris

QI Innovation of the Year 

• Sienna Senior Living (Cyber Seniors Program)

Culture Change Home of the Year 

• Caressant Care Fergus 

Best New Product or Service of the Year Award 

• Leadership Training Program for Long-Term Care and Retirement Living (Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA), Conestoga College, and Schlegel Villages)

Special Recognition Award 

• Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging for their grand opening of the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging

The Association also presented leadership awards to staff in long-term care: 

Leadership Excellence 

• Janice Dunn, Extendicare Canada Inc.

Nursing Leadership 

• Irene Aguiar, Iler Lodge Long Term Care, Essex 
• Tina Tolano, Chartwell Gibson Long Term Care, Toronto 
• Michelle Wood, The Village of Glendale Crossing, London 
• Michelle Beldad, Hawthorne Place Care Centre, Toronto

Personal Support Worker Leadership 

• Stacey Rooyakkers, Shelburne Residence 
• Hiam Elabd, Village of Glendale Crossing, London 
• Deanne Bond, Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care, Kitchener 
• Tina Driscoll, Caressant Care Marmora

For further information: 
Judy Irwin, Senior Manager, Communications, Mobile jirwin@oltca.com (647-967-8995)