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Seniors' Advocate Receives Lifetime Acheivement Award

Seniors' advocate Joyce Schmalz

June 18, 2013

Surrey, BC – Dedicated seniors’ advocate Joyce Schmalz has been formally recognized with a lifetime achievement award by Surrey Mayor and Council for her outstanding work on behalf of seniors living in British Columbia. This award was presented at Surrey City Council last evening (June 17, 2013) in conjunction with Mayor and Council’s proclamation of June 17-23 as Seniors’ Week in Surrey.

“For over 30 years Joyce Schmalz has been committed to improving the lives of seniors in our city and province,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “It is tireless advocates like Joyce, who with determination and compassion, demonstrate how one person can make lasting change in our communities.”

“The proclamation of June 17-23 as Seniors’ Week in Surrey is in recognition of the importance of providing support and services to the elderly,” says Councillor Barbara Steele, Chair of the Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee. “The City of Surrey, in partnership with many partner organizations, continues to deliver top-notch services and programs to seniors in our community.”

Mrs. Schmalz has been working on behalf of seniors since 1982 and is co-founder of British Columbia Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BC CEAS). Among her many community service roles, she has served on the Mayor’s Task Force for Seniors since its inception in 2008 and subsequently the Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee. Mrs. Schmalz is also a writer, producer and actor, developing numerous resource tools, teaching materials and videos related to elder advocacy.

For more information on seniors’ initiatives and programming in the City of Surrey visit

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Media Contacts

For program info contact:
Laurie Cavan
General Manager, Surrey Parks Recreation and Culture

Media contact:
Judy Mann
Executive Assistant, Office of the Mayor