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Four Ancaster seniors earn community accolades

Four seniors from Ancaster were among those honoured Tuesday night at the City of Hamilton’s sold-out 19th Senior of the Year Awards gala.

Al Gordon received the Leadership Award, presented to a senior volunteer who consistently demonstrates dedication, motivation and a positive attitude. Gordon has been actively involved with Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre (ASAC) for over 20 years and was instrumental in leading a fundraising effort to support its renovation and expansion.

The Compassion and Companionship Award went to Frank Ernest. The award is presented to a senior volunteer who demonstrates fellowship and friendship. Ernest helped establish a residential program for people living with developmental challenges, has been involved with the food drive for almost 20 years and assisted the Ancaster Business Improvment Area with their farmers market and winter skating rink.

Julian D’Angela picked up the Innovation Award for creating a new or different program. In 2004, D’Angela launched the Ancaster Film Festival, which has raised $123,000 for local food banks and charities.

D’Angela also coordinates the Tastes of Ancaster and dedicates his time to Lobsterfest, the food drive and The Meadows long-term care home.

William Grahlman received the Behind the Scene Award, presented to a senior volunteer who is not highly visible, but is always there. Grahlman has been a member of the R.C.A.F.A. 447 Wing in Mount Hope for 25 years, and is currently serving as president. He  has also supported the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation for almost 15 years

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