MEDIA RELEASE: August 9, 2017
City of Windsor's Mayor Drew Dilkens took time away from his chair to congratulate Larry Duffield, retired diplomat and dedicated volunteer for his contributions to Windsor and Ontario seniors at its regular Council meeting on August 8th. Every year Ontario Senior of the Year Award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one local senior. This year, Windsor had the pleasure of presenting Larry with the prestigious Ontario Senior of the Year award recognizing the impact that one individual over the age of 65 can have both locally and provincially.
Joined by wife, Joyce, and Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations' Executive Director, Elizabeth Macnab sitting in a packed council chamber, Larry proudly received the award from Mayor Dilkens. Modest by nature, at the Take 5 restaurant following the presentation, Larry spoke to Elizabeth about his continued commitment to the wellbeing of Windsor seniors and its citizens. This included his influencing the views of the professors at the medical school at the University of Windsor on seniors, working on the mega hospital and others. Both Larry and Joyce shared what it meant to get older and their perspectives on aging. While there are no major excursions on the horizon for this active and creative couple, when not volunteering or planning for the upcoming November 2nd conference on Age Friendly Communities, Larry is involved with both his and Joyce's children and grandchildren. He also has plans to visit his band in the Pacific Northwest later this year.
Larry's community involvement in Windsor is extensive. Retiring from his recent 2nd career as an owner of a bed and breakfast in Walkerville has not stopped him. He is busy with his many volunteer and charitable activities such as delivering meals on wheels, helping fund Elder College, chairing the local CARP chapter or supporting All Saints Anglican Church as a warden. Larry also sits on the board of OSSCO with its commitment to the wellbeing of all older Ontarians.
Larry's insight and perspective impacts seniors’ programs both at the Federal level as a member of the Seniors Advisory Committee (Ontario Region) and keeps the province focused on its Age-Friendly Community initiatives by participating on the Ministry of Affairs Liaison Committee. OSSCO members and our board of directors extend congratulations to Larry Duffield on this well-deserved award.