Pat Saunders received Senior of the Year Award on June 24, 2014

Patricia Saunders – Senior of the Year Award. The Senior of the Year Award is awarded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian who, at 65 years of age or beyond, has voluntarily contributed to their community, perhaps in one, or a number of areas, including the arts, literature, community service, education, fitness and sport and humanitarian activities. Patricia Saunders, who lives on the mountain, began volunteering in the 1950’s as a Sunday school teacher at St. John’s Anglican Church. She later became a charter and founding member of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton Branch, the Hamilton Chapter of the Friends of Schizophrenics, and Hamilton Women’s Centre. While raising four children, she obtained her BA/BSW from McMaster University, and became the President of McMaster University Alumni, School of Social Work. She was the first woman to become Chair of the then Hamilton-Wentworth Police Services Board, and later became Volunteer Coordinator for the Community Policing Centre. Saunders has also supported a number of other community organizations and committees including the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society, the City of Hamilton’s Status of Women Committee, the Hamilton Historical Board, the Community Advisory Committee/Claremont House (Alcohol Treatment Program), YWCA Beautiful Women Project and the Hamilton-Wentworth Heritage Society. Congratulations Pat!

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