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Dr. Jenny Ploeg is the Newest Recipient of the Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA) 2015 Outstanding Recognition Award

Dr. Jenny Ploeg , co-scientific director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU), is the newest recipient of the Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA) 2015 Outstanding Recognition Award.

A founding board member, the council presented the award to Dr. Ploeg in recognition of her many contributions to the life of the HCoA during the past 10 years.

Dr. Ploeg said it was an honour to receive the award and a personal joy to work with Council volunteers.  ‘‘I am so supportive of the core values of the HCoA and, in particular, the engagement of older adults in all council activities and the development of community partnerships to meet council goals and objectives,” she said. “I am delighted to have been part of a council that is actively working towards the creation of an age friendly city and to making a difference in the lives of older adults in our community.‘‘

The HCoA is a seniors-driven initiative founded by a group of concerned citizens. A non-profit, charitable organization, it is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all seniors in Hamilton. Since its inception in 2005, Dr. Ploeg has contributed to its mission, vision and values.

As a member of the HCoA’s Age-Friendly committee, she worked with the committee to develop two key reports: “Hamilton: A City for All Ages” and “Three Years On” which became the foundation for Hamilton’s Plan for an Age Friendly City. (The Plan is a strategic priority for the City of Hamilton and intended to help municipal decision-makers, staff and community stakeholders identify needs and priorities related to older adults).

She also contributed to the work of the Hamilton Committee Against the Abuse of Older Persons, a HCoA committee which, alongside a network of over 20 community organizations, provides education on elder abuse.

Dr. Ploeg is currently a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Hamilton Age Friendly Plan for an Age Friendly City which is in the process of developing an evaluation plan for the project.

Her strong volunteer commitment has its roots in her parents and grandparents who immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands after World War ll. During the war, they protected many individuals and families at risk, serving as an inspiration and role model for Dr. Ploeg.

Published on: February 18, 2016

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