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Cambridge senior earns provincial award for work with youth at Langs

Second Cambridge senior recognized with Ontario Senior Achievement Award for work in the community
From left, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Edith Dumont presents Sharon Richards with the Ontario Senior Achievement Award with Minister of Seniors and Accessibility of Ontario Raymond Cho.

Sharon Fraser Richards has dedicated the last 20 years to Langs, a multi-service community-based organization in Cambridge that serves youth, adults and seniors. 

She was among 20 seniors from across the province recognized for their outstanding work in the community at a ceremony handing out Ontario Senior Achievement Awards at Queen's Park in Toronto on Thursday. 

Richards facilitates Langs’ social and recreational programs for their Early Years programs, through to their Older Adult program. 

In a press release the province said Richards has shared Langs' vision of maintaining a safe community with accessible services.

"Sharon makes sure everyone she interacts with feels valued, supported, and informed with essential information. She is always helpful, reliable and brings a ‘can do’ approach to everything she does," said the release. 

Richards joined Cambridge resident, Sharon Livingstone at Queen's Park to accept the awards for their contributions to the community. 

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the Senior Achievement Award recipients,” said Raymond Cho, minister for seniors and accessibility in the release.

“I am inspired by your dedication in helping seniors across our province. On behalf of all Ontarians, thank you for your commitment and exceptional service.”

Since 1987, the Ontario Seniors Awards have recognized 696 outstanding seniors for their work in the community.

To win the award, recipients must be 65-years-old and up and are then chosen to come to Queen's Park in Toronto, meet with high-level officials and accept the award. 

The 2023 recipients are being recognized for their volunteerism, charitable fundraising, advocacy work, and more.

They also support and empower their fellow seniors by organizing educational, cultural, and artistic initiatives.