Volunteer Recognition – June 2020
Featuring – Peggy Wickham
New Monthly Recognition Program
The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) is proud to announce Peggy Wickham as the first recipient of the newly established Volunteer Recognition Program.
In 2010, recently retired and looking for volunteer opportunities, Peggy chose the GRCOA and during her stint, was present for much of its’ growth and progression. As a life-long volunteer, she also worked full-time and raised a family, all while negotiating the rewards and challenges of being a military wife
Over the years, her employment history and her very employable skills, had a significant bearing upon her volunteer choices. She spent her career counselling, teaching, coaching and training always with the view to help people understand what they had to offer. She is blessed with keen intelligence and wit and is strong in planning, development and implementation.
Peggy joined the Grand River Council on Aging in 2010 and held the office of Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee until 2018. She was also a major contributor to the Communication/Education Committee that created the Workshop on a Bus concept. An accomplished proof-reader, Peggy’s skills have contributed to internal and external publications and the web site.
Peggy was an integral member of the Age-Friendly Summit Working Group that went on to host two information sessions and eight community forums designed to determine what seniors want and need in order to create age-friendly communities. The resulting Community Impact Report included 628 suggestions from the residents of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand; its contents still guiding planning efforts
When asked about her favourite moment or memory from the GRCOA, Peggy quickly answered, “oh, it has to be the first Workshop on a Bus!” She then went on to describe how much fun that first bus trip was and her pride in the way this event has continued to be of strong appeal and value to seniors for seven years. Peggy continues to be involved and is a regular member of the Communication/Education Committee and remains available as an editor for any new work published by the Council on Aging.
With appreciation to volunteers like Peggy, The Grand River Council on Aging is still growing and evolving in its dedication to encourage the development of an “age-friendly community” for all residents from 5 to 105!