MPP Christine Hogarth Recognizes Remarkable Retirement Home Residents in Etobicoke-Lakeshore Riding

Outstanding Finalists of Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority’s 2023 Resident Champion Award honoured

NEWS- September 22, 2023

ETOBICOKE- Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth today congratulated Mr. Murray Wood and Mrs. Pat Wood from Tapestry at Village Gate West in Etobicoke who together were outstanding finalists for the Resident Champion Award, as part of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority’s (RHRA) annual Recognition Event, held on September 21, 2023.

RHRA created the Resident Champion Award to recognize licensed retirement home residents who contribute to the spirit of their home and community. Each year, RHRA solicits nominations and receives meaningful submissions that highlight the selfless actions of residents across Ontario and the beneficial impact they are having on those around them.

Mr. and Mrs. Wood were nominated for the Resident Champion Award in recognition of their welcoming nature and their earnest engagement in community life within Tapestry at Village Gate West retirement residence. Mr. and Mrs. Wood are active participants in several of the home’s social groups, including the Welcoming Committee and the Wellness Council.

In their nomination, Mr. and Mrs. Wood were noted for their vibrant personalities and their commitment to nurturing strong relationships with their fellow residents. Their nominators described Mr. and Mrs. Wood as valuable ambassadors for the Tapestry at Village Gate West community, sharing that their approach to active aging reaffirms the opportunities available to residents to live a full life in retirement.

Hogarth thanked Mr. and Mrs. Wood for their contributions to cultivating an engaging community within Tapestry at Village Gate West retirement residence, and applauded their commitment to embracing an active, engaged and socially connected life.

Supportive Quotes

“Congratulations to Murray and Pat Wood on being recognized as an outstanding finalist for the Resident’s Champion Award! Thank you for your commitment to supporting your fellow residents, which displays the best attributes of the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community. I am grateful for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority’s dedication and efforts to support seniors living with dignity, choice and confidence in licensed retirement homes.”

MPP Christine Hogarth

“The actions of our retirement home residents deserve to be recognized as they have a tangible and positive impact on their fellow residents and community. I am grateful to Murray and Pat Wood and their fellow outstanding finalists of the Resident Champion Award for their commitment to fostering the vibrant environment available to seniors living in licensed retirement homes.”

Jay O’Neill

Registrar and CEO, RHRA

It is encouraging to see so many countless seniors volunteering in their retirement homes to make a difference. It is incredibly important that seniors stay active and socially connected and it is rewarding to see retirement home residents finding ways to contribute in such meaningful ways.  I applaud Mr. and Mrs. Wood and all the resident nominees for their dedication, selflessness and humanity.”

Raymond Cho, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors and Accessibility

About the Resident Champion Award

RHRA established the Resident Champion Award in 2018 after Frank Kajfes, a beloved member of RHRA’s Stakeholder Advisory Council who was devoted to improving the lives of seniors and the lives of the people in his retirement home community. As an educator, he was generous, humorous and optimistic and believed in the importance of empowering people through education. In his later years, that passion translated into his work to empower seniors to stay informed and know their rights so that they can live in security and with dignity in retirement homes.

About RHRA

The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority’s (RHRA) core responsibility is to enhance residents’ safety and consumer protection in Ontario’s licensed retirement homes. RHRA is a regulator, educator, advisor, and trusted partner, with a singular focus on ensuring that retirement homes operate in a manner that supports residents in living with dignity, respect, privacy, and autonomy, in security, safety, and comfort, and that residents can make informed choices about their care options.

Media Inquiries

To learn more about the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority and the 2023 Resident Champion Award, please contact:

Phil Norris, Manager of Communications

Nabeel Ranmall – Office Manager
Office of the MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Telephone: 647 391-4563