Retired and resident in Canada for 45 years, Marie Johnson is using her spare time to volunteer with women groups and the Trinidad & Tobago Fifty Plus & Seniors Association of Canada.
“I enjoy helping people and doing whatever I can to enhance the lives of others,” she said.
Johnson was among six volunteers recognized for their contribution to the association at the 17th annual awards ceremony in Scarborough last Saturday night.
The other honourees were T & T-born Sylvia Phillip, Shirley Russell and Maria Ali who have been in Canada for a total of 133 years.
Lennox Jones and Anthony Mohammed, who stepped down this year as president after an eight-year reign, were also honoured. They were unable to attend the event.
“These are individuals who are integral members of our organization and this is a way of saying thanks to them for their contributions,” said new president Molly Tyson.
Member of the Provincial Parliament Bas Balkissoon paid tribute to the awardees, saying that he looks forward to joining the organization every year for the celebration.
The organization, founded by Rasheed Sultan-Khan in 1996, has close to 200 active members.