Revera Living Summer 2015 - page 12

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REVERA
LIVING
When his alarm goes off at 4 a.m.
each Tuesday and Thursday morning,
David Ferguson, 90, doesn’t hit the
snooze bar. He gets himself ready
at his home at Revera’s Glynnwood
retirement community in Thornhill,
Ont., jumps in his car, and heads to
Mackenzie Health. It’s there that he’s
been an avid volunteer for more than
25 years – the last 10 helping patients
in the Day Surgery unit.
“It means just about everything to
me,” says David, with his charming
Scottish brogue. “Sometimes I joke
that the hospital should be charging
us for the privilege of working there.
It’s marvelous.”
His extraordinary commitment
was recognized this year with the
Governor General’s
Caring Canadian
Award, which honours people who
have made a significant contribution
to their community.
The accolade reinforced what
Deborah Rushton, Executive Director
at Glynnwood, already knew.
“He is so modest, but he gives so
much,” says Deborah. “Whether at
the hospital or when he’s playing
piano here, he draws people in and
they enjoy it. We’re honoured to have
him in our community.”
DAVID
FERGUSON
Resident Story
A TRUE CARING CANADIAN
David Ferguson receives the
Caring Canadian
Award from the
Governor General of Canada,
His Excellency, the Right
Honourable David Johnston
The Governor General’s
Caring
Canadian
Award was created
in 1995, and recognizes
individuals who volunteer
their time to help others and
to build a smarter and more
caring nation.
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