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60 Influential Canadians Over 60

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenAugust 12, 2015
60 Influential Canadians Over 60

From famous celebrities to unsung heroes in their communities, these noteworthy Canadian seniors seem to only get better with age…

A Place for Mom chose 60 extraordinary Canadians over 60 who are esteemed for their contributions to society.

Whether these impressive seniors have made a difference as celebrities or through philanthropic acts in their communities, they have truly had an effect on the world through their caring, talents and dedication.

1. Eric Peterson

Known for his roles in popular Canadian series “Street Legal,” “Corner Gas” and “This is Wonderland,” Eric is also a featured part of a campaign raising awareness for Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Alzheimer Society, is working with the Government of Canada to help educate Canadians about the challenges experienced with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Check out this video, Become a Dementia Friend.

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2. William Shatner

This talented 84-year-old Canadian actor, singer, author, producer and director, spokesman and comedian had to make our list. Renowned for his role as Captain Kirk on “Star Trek,” Shatner contributes to many good causes; including the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope “Horses for Heroes” Veteran benefit program as well as the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which raises money for children’s charities. Shatner has also helped raise money for Habitat for Humanity and plays in the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home Games, where celebrities play for their favorite charities.

3. Joan Berndt

A recipient of Ontario’s Senior Achievement Awards, Berndt is from Toronto and is an active volunteer in various organizations. As a board member of Student Assistance in North Toronto for Seniors (SAINTS), she has helped build bridges between seniors and secondary school students so they can gain mutual respect and understanding. She also has been an active volunteer for Washago Community Centre, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, and People and Organizations in North Toronto (POINT).

4. Alan Thicke

We know him as Jason Seaver, the father from the beloved ABC television series “Growing Pains.” This 68-year-old actor, songwriter and game and talk show host was recently inducted in Canada’s Walk of Fame for his accomplishments and contributions to society. His famous singer-songwriter son, Robin Thicke — who physically resembles his Hollywood father — has publicly spoken about how his father has always been a true inspiration to him.

5. Marlene Brant Castellano

Recently recognized as a Senior Achievement Awards recipient, Catellano of Tyendinaga Territory is a respected Mohawk elder, retired professor and researcher of Native Studies. She is not only an advocate for Mohawk and First Nations culture and traditions, she is also dedicated to First Nation children’s welfare through initiatives such as the Child and Family Caring Society.

6. Neil Young

This Canadian singer-songwriter musician co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield and later joined folk rock super group Crosby, Stills and Nash. Young is also a dedicated environmentalist and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts.

7. Donald Sutherland

This 80-year-old from Saint John, New Brunswick, has quite the impressive Hollywood resume with over 50 years of award-winning films under his belt. Commanding the audience in roles such as President Coriolanus Snow in “The Hunger Games,” Sutherland also has quite the presence in his community. He was induced into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. Along with his many awards, he also received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont. As a blogger for The Huffington Post during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign, he stated his support for Barack Obama.

8. Anne Murray

This talented 70-year-old Canadian singer has sold over 54 million copies of her albums worldwide. She is often cited as the one who paved the way for other international Canadian success stories, such as K.D. Lang, Celine Dion and Shania Twain. She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album “A Little Good News.”

Murray’s philanthropy has also touched her community. The Anne Murray Centre, which opened on July 28, 1989, is a non-profit association that supports tourism and awareness of music in Nova Scotia and Canada, and all the revenue generated from its operation is used to provide employment for local people. Murray has also been the spokesperson for and been involved with a variety of charitable organizations, including the Save The Children Fund and Colon Cancer Canada.

9. Alex Trebek

#9 on the list of noteworthy Canadians: Who is…  Alex Trebek? As the host of the syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” since 1984, this 75-year-old Canadian American television personality is an Ontario native who is very involved in philanthropy and activism. He hosts the annual National Geographic Bee in the U.S. and The Great Canadian Geography Challenge in Canada. He has traveled to many third world countries as a sponsor for World Vision to support children around the world, as well as to several military bases around the world with United Service Organizations (USO).

In 1998 Trebek donated 74 acres of open land in north Hollywood to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and in 2001 The American Foundation for the Blind awarded Trebek with one of six Access Awards for his role in accommodating notable Jeopardy! champion Eddie Timanus.

10. Norma Friest

Recently recognized as an impressive contributor to Ontario, Friest, a native of Creemore, is a volunteer who is keeping music alive in the Nottawasaga and Creemore Public Schools’ classrooms. She manages the instrumental music program, encourages after school activities among students, and promotes the importance of accepting people with different abilities through the Teachable Project.

11. Dr. Roberta Bondar

Recognized as Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space, Bondar is a unique addition to this list. Following more than a decade as NASA’s head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific and medical communities. She has received many honors including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal and over 22 honorary degrees. She was also inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

12. Gordie Howe

This 87-year-old retired Canadian professional hockey player played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1946 to 1980. His first twenty-five seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings and he was nicknamed “Mr. Hockey” as he is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. This twenty-three time NHL All-Star who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 has also been very active in his hometown community Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his wife, Colleen.

13. John Turner

Born in 1929, this Canadian lawyer and politician served as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada. This interesting man held several prominent Cabinet posts, including minister of justice and minister of finance, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1968-1975. He returned to private practice after politics, was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1994, and is noted for his impressive speeches and writing.

Parallel to his political life, he has been a respected member of the law profession and supporter of many charitable organizations, including the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Community Foundation of Toronto. It was often said that his “passion for his country is admired by all Canadians,” according to the Governor General of Canada archive.

14. David Foster

This 65 year old is a talented Canadian musician, record producer, composer and songwriter. He has been a producer for many notable musical artists including Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Toni Braxton, Michael Buble and more. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is also the chairman of Verve Music Group.

He has been a prominent member of Hollywood and his Canadian community and has received many awards for his passion in music, including the Order of British Columbia, Officer of the Order of Canada; and was inducted into many prestigious Hall of Fames, including the Canadian Walk of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

15. Margo Kidder

Known for her role as Lois Lane in 1978’s Superman, opposite Christopher Reeve, this 66-year-old Emmy Award-winning Canadian-American actress has had an interesting life, including spending some of it homeless as she suffers from bipolar disorder. She has appeared in many television shows and became outspoken as a political and environmental activist, starting in the 80s. Kidder became a U.S. citizen in 2005 and says the reason for her decision to become an American citizen is to participate in the voting process, to continue her protests against U.S. intervention in Iraq, and at the same time to be free of worries about being deported.

16. Alexander Broski

This Atikokan Canadian native is a committed volunteer who has provided leadership in a number of projects with the Lions Club for 56 years. He is a founding member of Atikokan’s Sports Days, which he has helped organize for 28 years, and has chaired the local Christmas Cheer fund for three decades

17. Dan Akroyd

This notable 63-year-old Canadian actor, comedian, writer and singer was an original cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” an originator of “The Blues Brothers” and “Ghostbusters,” and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter. Beloved by many, Akroyd has also been an active member of society. In 1992, Akroyd, along with many other notable music and Hollywood personalities, founded House of Blues with the mission to promote African-American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art. Before sold, it was the second-largest live music promoter in the world. Along with being loved by his adoring public, Akroyd has received many awards and nominations.

18. Carmel Chartrand

A charming native of Pembroke, Carmel is a vocal advocate for local Francophone education. An active volunteer at the Centre Scolaire Catholique Jeanne-Lajoie, she does everything to make sure the school remains strong and vibrant — from making breakfast for the students to assisting teachers with a myriad of projects.

19. Don Downey

Downey is a respected former teacher and leader who mobilizes his community to start new projects. He convinced community members to create a ski program for local school children and went on to operate it for 25 years. For more than 49 years, he has been a remarkable contributor to the Rotary Club.

20. Brian Mulroney

This accomplished Canadian was the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983-1993. His tenure as Prime Minister was marked by the introduction of major economic reforms, such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the Goods and Services Tax, and the rejection of constitutional reforms such as the Meech Lake Accord and the Charlottetown Accord. Prior to his political career, he was a prominent lawyer and businessman in Montreal.

21. Margaret Hedley

Hedley is a retired dietitian who promotes healthy eating for older citizens. She helped to develop the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association’s “Feeling Better Eat Well” program, and is a facilitator at the association’s diabetes support group. She also is the board chair for the Guelph Community Health Centre.

22. Jean Chretien

This Canadian statesman served as the 20th Prime Minister of Canada. Originally from Shawinigan, Quebec, Chretien is a law graduate who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1963. He served in various cabinet posts under Pierre Trudeau, most prominently as Minister of Justice, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Chretien also supported official bilingualism and multiculturalism.

23. Garry Monahan

This 68-year-old retired Canadian professional hockey player played 12 seasons in the National Hockey league and recently participated in the Hockey for Alzheimer’s fundraiser to help find a cure for the horrific disease. After his exciting hockey career, Monahan spent time in Japan playing with Tokyo-based Seibu Tetsudo of the Japan Ice Hockey Legue. Afterward, he spent several years working on Vancouver Canucks radio broadcasts charming his audience.

24. Janet Loney

This lovely lady is a dedicated community leader who helps to support the lives of disadvantaged people in her Northern Ontario community. She created Emo’s Meals on Wheels program, and helped establish the Assisted Living Building Committee, which helps seniors to stay in their home community when they require assistance with their everyday needs.

25. Rick Moranis

This adored Canadian actor, comedian and a two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated writer was most popular in the 80s with a myriad of Hollywood hits, including “Strange Brew,” “Ghostbusters,” “Spaceballs,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

Moranis gets the ‘Good Dad’ Award and has been supported by many as he practically retired from acting to devote time to his family after his wife died in 1991. He has not appeared in a live-action film since 1997, although he has provided voice-over work for a few animated films and made appearances at fan conventions.

26. Elizabeth Macadam

This Shreiber native is a loyal volunteer who has been an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion for more than 65 years. She has served as a board member of the McCausland Hospital, helping implement many initiatives, and as former president of the Chimo Senior Centre, enriching the lives of local seniors.

27. Nancy Greene

This well-rounded lady is not only a Canadian Senator for British Columbia, but she is also a champion alpine skier voted as Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Among her many awards and her dedication to her promotion of skiing, she is Canada’s most decorated ski racer in history with the most World Cup victories, male or female. Nicknamed “Tiger” because of her ‘go for it’ attitude, Greene has also supported the right-wing Reform Party of Canada and even joined the Senate of Canada as a Conservative member. She was named Olympic Ambassador for the 2010 Vancouver Games.

28. Charles R. Stelck

Adding a geologist to the list of remarkable Canadians — Stelck is an award-winning Canadian petroleum geologist, paleontologist, stratigrapher and professor. His research has yielded many large oil and gas finds in western Canada. This Edmonton, Alberta native has received many accolades, including the R.J.W. Douglas Medal by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and being inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame.

29. James Cameron

This famous Canadian filmmaker and philanthropist has entertained the masses with his box office hits such as “Titanic,” “The Terminator,” “Aliens” and “The Abyss.” He has won multiple Academy Awards, including three for Titanic, and his directorial style has provided great influence throughout the film industry. Also notable: In 2012, Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, making him the first person to do so in a solo descent, and only the third person to do so in the world. He has greatly contributed to society, peoples’ happiness through entertainment and is very active in the community. Cameron has also been called an ‘inventor’ by many as he created a new 3-D filmography for Avatar and constantly reminds his audiences of nature’s masterpiece.

30. Lloyd Michon

This impressive veteran of the Korean War is also an advocate for Aboriginal people. He was instrumental in creating the Thunderbird Friendship Centre, and was its president for some time. He is a representative at gatherings of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, is the Director of the North of Superior Counselling Programs Board, and is also a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario.

31. Joe Neuhold

This native of McArthurs Mills is known in his community as “The Elk Man” as he is caregiver and keeper to a herd of 40 to 50 elk that were reintroduced to the McArthurs Mills area, where the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation now protects them. He brings joy to visitors by hosting tour groups for tourists and students.

32. Kenneth Stanton

This longstanding Windsor volunteer has been dedicated to preserving history at the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstberg. He has developed an educational program at the museum that draws hundreds of students and other visitors every year.

33. Christopher Plummer

This Canadian actor has had a successful film career that has spanned over five decades. He is best known for his work as Captain Georg von Trapp in the hit 1965 musical film The Sound of Music. A true lover of the Literary Arts, this interesting man also performed in many theater performances on Broadway and at the Stratford Festival and in the United Kingdom. He has received many awards and honors, ranging from tony Awards and Academy Awards to the Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been an active member of society, contributing toward the Arts through philanthropy.

34. Fred Miscio

This amazing man has been a member of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council for over 40 years. His ability to empower his peers to give back is evident through his work with L’Arche Homes, where he has spent over 25 years helping with fundraising and programs. He has been a true advocate and fundraiser for breast cancer research by participating as a family team in the Run for Cancer. He has also spent many years as a coach and manager for the Steel City Minor Hockey Association. Miscio has also dedicated over 10 years to the Catholic Youth Organization, where he has helped with fundraising to assist children in need.

35. Jan Luka

This Bernie Morelli Lifetime Achievement Award recipient started as a high school guidance counselor, and then joined the newly formed Suicide Prevention Council of Hamilton. In the early 90s, she organized a full-day violence prevention workshop for students and wrote an anti-violence plan titled, “Break the Silence”, published by Canadians Against Violence Everywhere Advocating its Termination (CAVEAT). This fascinating lady also founded the Ancaster Community Food Drive, working with volunteers to collect over 1,357,500 pounds of food. Lukas has dedicated many hours to the Hamilton Poverty Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and even helped establish the Lancaster Youth Council and Teen Centre at Morgan Firestone Arena. She has received many awards, including the Diamond Jubilee Medal and YWCA Women of Distinction and Ancaster Citizen of the Year.

36. Kim Campbell

This 68-year-old Canadian politician, lawyer, professor, diplomat and writer is truly an inspiration to women. She served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada and was the first — and only — female Prime Minister of Canada as well as the first baby boomer to hold that office, and the only Prime Minister born in British Columbia. Campbell brought a new rape law that helped protect women by clarifying sexual assault with “no means no.” She has been the member of many boards and has received many honors. She was included in the list of 50 most important political leaders in history in the “Almanac of World History” compiled by the National Geographic Society.

37. Paul Martin

This Canadian politician was the 21st Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Martin served as the Member of Parliament for the federal electoral district, LaSalle—Emard in Montreal for 20 years. This incredible man also served as Minister of Finance and oversaw many changes in the financial structure of the Canadian government; his policies had a direct effect on eliminating the country’s chronic fiscal deficit by reforming various programs, including social services.

This global diplomat has been instrumental in Canadian politics, and has even contributed on the internationally through a variety of initiatives, such as Incentives for Global Health, the not-for-profit behind the Health Impact Fund, where he serves as a member of the Advisory Board.

38. Stephen Harper

This Canadian politician is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada. He became prime minister in 2006, forming a minority government after his election. He is the first prime minister to come from the newly reconstituted Conservative Party, which formed after a merger of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance.

Harper has been the Member of Parliament, and is one of the founding members of the Reform Party. He also joined, and eventually led, the National Citizens Coalition, a conservative lobbyist group. He has had a very strong political presence in the Canadian government.

39. Bernie Larusic

Sometimes it’s the small acts that make the difference and this 80-year-old Cape Breton senior is an activist who is on a mission to make the phone book print larger across the country. Larusic claims he is baffled why Yellow Pages is making things more difficult for seniors since it’s the senior population who uses the phone book the most.

40. Lorraine Logan

Logan is the President of Council of Seniors Citizen Organizations of BC (COSCO), a 100,000-member group representing seniors. She inspires seniors to get involved to make senior citizens’ lives better across British Columbia. This incredible lady works within government constraints to improve the welfare of elder citizens by advancing the social and physical welfare of all elder citizens.

41. David Suzuki

This 79-year-old Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist has contributed to society through his genetics research at the University of British Columbia. Suzuki is well known for his TV and radio series, documentaries and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science program The Nature of Things.

Suzuki is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment. As an activist to reverse global climate change, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation. This passionate senior has received many awards and was even a finalist for The Greatest Canadian of all time.

42. Frank Webb

This amazing 86-year-old serves as inspiration to the young at heart as he went skydiving to celebrate his 86th birthday. Skydiving has been on Webb’s bucket list ever since he almost did it while he was stationed as an army soldier in Egypt in the 1950s and claims that he’s going to make it a hobby as he “intends to live a long while.”

43. Tomas Avendano

This Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has worked tirelessly establish the Filipino-Canadian Support Services Society (FCSSS) to support new arrivals to Canada. This organization evolved from a Filipino-focused organization to a Multicultural Helping House Society and continued to expand to include respite housing, training and counseling, as well as employment help and special programs for Canada’s youth and senior citizens. Avendano is affectionately known as “Tatay” or Father Tom. He was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medals on multiple occasions.

44. Kay Alexander

B.C. plumbing company Seven Standards Services Ltd grossly overcharged this British Columbia senior. Realizing she had been ripped off for work they did on her hot water tank, this smart lady came forward to the CBC Investigates team and B.C.’s consumer watchdog — Consumer Protection BC — began investigating. Alexander was refunded thousands of dollars and her research and determination proved to be an example to all seniors that they don’t need to stand for being taken advantage of through ageism.

45. Robert Saracino

This native of Port Colborne is a public figure well respected in the Niagara region. As a former mayor, municipal councilor and Niagara Region councilor, Saracino helped improve the lives of seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. He successfully lobbied for a local transit system for the disabled, and through his efforts the Northland Pointe, a new seniors’ residential complex, was built in Port Colborne.

46. Simcha Simchovitch

Simchovitch is a Polish Holocaust survivor who uses his love for languages to translate works of poetry from Yiddish into English. A retired teacher and curator at the Beth Tzedec Museum, he volunteers using his talent at translation to work on exhibitions and writes in his spare time. He has 18 pieces of his writing published, including seven books of poems.

47. Rochelle Waxman

Waxman has been an integral part of Shalom Village, a Jewish based non-profit organization, that provides services and community for older adults. As a volunteer for 33 years, she has done everything from making welcome baskets, to running Sunday brunches and starting up a highly successful Ladies Auxiliary Tea that has funded many new programs.

48. Jean McEachern

This Compassion and Companionship Award recipient has dedicated countless hours to supporting the city’s more vulnerable populations. McEachern began her volunteer path at St. Peter’s Hospital over 34 years ago as a Tuck Shop volunteer and hospital auxiliary fundraiser. Soon after, she took on the roles of medical appointment escort, special event volunteer and palliative care volunteer, and has mentored other volunteers in the Palliative Care unit.

49. Frances Wentges

Wentges has been an active volunteer for the Good Shepherd Centre in Burlington. She contributed to the successful establishment of Good Shepherd Square, which follows a health and wellness model to help vulnerable members of the community cope with the crippling impact of poverty and abuse. Her passion to help those who are less fortunate makes her a true hero.

50. Sal Pilatos

This amazing 68-year-old Volunteer Firefighter had to make our list. Even though this wife, Isabel, tells him that it’s time to let someone else do the job, Sal continues to battle wildfires to save his community. Last July he put on his firefighting gear to save his own West Kelowna home in B.C. Not bad for a senior citizen!

51. Terry West

This knowledgeable and respected leader has promoted initiatives for the Don Mills area. As president of his local ratepayers’ association, he worked with different levels of government to improve his neighborhood during the redevelopment of the Don Mills Centre. He volunteers with the Don Mills Community Share Food Bank and Better Living Health and Community Services, which supports peoples’ independent living.

52 and 53. Gib and Marian Turner

Natives of Kearney, this lovely couple devoted themselves to volunteer activities in their community. The Turners are well known at the Kearney Seniors’ Centre, where they helped establish an accessible pavilion and skating rink to help local residents. They are truly giving members of society who helped give both youth and seniors enjoyment through extracurricular activities.

54. Lou DeStephanis

This Healthy and Active Living Award winner has been a dedicated volunteer of the YWCA Seniors Active Living Centre for many years. In addition to his positions as previous Vice-Chair and currently as Chair of the Seniors Advisory Board, Lou is a true entertainer who has entranced audiences through his song and dance performances. More recently, Lou has been performing with the Hamilton Geritol Follies. He has also been a church choir leader at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and has contributed much of his time to the Knights of Columbus for various charities. A dedicated volunteer, Lou has helped the Burlington Gymnastics Club, Mount Hamilton Soccer Club and the Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Cancer Society.

55. Chester Faulknor

This Leadership Award Winner has served and been President of the Ancaster Village Non-Profit Homes and was instrumental in the design-build of 79 geared-to-income residences. For over 30 years, he coached his local high school’s girls’ track and cross country teams, and he was also Chair of the Ontario High School Cross Country Championships in Ancaster. This delightful man has been a member and Chair of the Active Retired Members of Hamilton and has been honoured with several awards, including the Government of Canada Gold Medal for coaching and community work.

56. Dave Watts

Mr. Watts is one of Neighbour to Neighbour’s longest serving volunteers. For over 23 years, he contributed 2-4 days per week receiving, sorting and picking up food donations. His efforts have helped to serve 1,200 families (5,000 individuals) each month. Over the past 20 years, He has also given his time to the Ancaster Community Food Drive, which serves eight agencies in Hamilton. Throughout the years and over three generations, he has influenced family and friends to join his volunteer commitment to the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre.

57. Michael Edward Grant

Mr. Grant has made significant volunteer contributions to childrens’ and seniors’ choirs in Hamilton. As an elementary school teacher he taught children to sing at many events in Hamilton, and also served as conductor for the Harvester Male Chorus for over 25 years with performances in Canada and the U.S. This talented Canadian has donated his time to children and senior organizations spreading his love of music, and was even Music Director at Glenwood Special Day School for children with special needs. Today, he continues to volunteer directing the Sackville Hill Seniors Choir, is the Music Director for Black History month celebrations and performs at private and special events.

58. Bob Thomson

Mr. Thomson has held the position of President of the Kinsmen Club in Streetsville where he was an integral part of the development of a community swimming pool. He continued on his volunteer path when he moved to Ancaster and has held various positions on the Board of Directors at Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, including over seven years as Chair. Mr. Thomson was also instrumental in enabling a partnership between the City of Hamilton and provincial and federal governments for an expansion of the centre. He is a member of the City of Hamilton’s Seniors Advisory committee and has held roles with the Hamilton Council on Aging and Ancaster Community Council.

59. Emmy Weisz

This inventive lady helped to implement gerontology subjects in the curriculums at McMaster University and Mohawk College. Since the 1980s, she has been a member of various City of Hamilton committees, such as the Seniors Advisory, Housing Sub-Committee and Access and Equity Committee. She founded the Alzheimer’s Society of Hamilton-Halton, and for over 10 years helped educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease. More recently is her contribution to civic life as resident of the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association.

60. Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra

And last but not least, Dr. Kaira is an educator, researcher and health care advocate and Professor of Pathology at the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He is not only a distinguished medical professional, but also an active volunteer in his community. Known as a “Cultural and Diversity Ambassador” for his work with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Rotary Club, and more organizations, Dr. Kalra has worked to promote the recognition of socio-cultural diversity by assisting in, guiding and leading the development and acceptance of multiculturalism. He is truly an educated inspiration through his philanthropic community acts and dedication.

Have we left any noteworthy Canadians over 60 off our list? Share them with us in the comments below and we’ll consider them for our next installment.

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