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Richmond resident lauded for enhancing life of seniors

Irene Chan has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults in long-term care and assisted living
Richmond resident Irene Chan received the 2023 Family Champion Award from the BC Care Providers Association.

A Richmond resident has received a regional award for her contributions to seniors living in care homes.

Irene Chan won the 2023 Family Champion Award for the 10th annual BC Care Award from the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA).

The award recognizes a caregiver, family member or friend who has worked to improve the quality of life of older adults living in a long-term care or assisted living or receiving home health services.

"She was a great role model for the family council and helped make many recommendations that benefited the lives of residents," said BCCPA on its website.

"BCCPA commends Irene for her unwavering commitment and dedication to seniors. Through the hard work she channels into her program and fundraising efforts, it is clear how much of a difference she has made and continues to make at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society home."

Chan's husband moved into the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society, a long-term care home, in 2012. Since then, Chan has been an active part of the society, helping advocate for all the seniors and family in the care home and always making herself available to support new residents in settling into the community. 

Chan's commitment continued after her husband passed in 2019, when she stayed on the family council and later joined the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Goodwill Ambassador, which helps fundraise for different projects.

She also hosts a music group, "Singing with Irene," twice a month to teach seniors how to sing.

The award ceremony will take place on Feb. 27 at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria.

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