Dawson Creek Senior Advocate Wins Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Cecile Guay, long-time advocate for people with low incomes and disabilties, is the recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award, presented to volunteer whose contributions provide extraordinary help or care to people in the community.

Cecile has been affiliated among others, with federated anti-poverty groups of bc (president for seven years), End Legislated Poverty, the Minister's Advisory Council for Income Assistance, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, and Branching Out in Dawson Creek.

She serves on welfare tribunals, usually as the client's advocate, and on review panels for the Canadian Mental Health Board. She has just turned seventy, but has no intention of retiring, or even slowing down. Cecile defines an advocate as a "defender of rights" and says that has been her commitment, whether serving as an advocate, chairperson or representative of consumers.

-- with information from Peace River Block Daily News and Gladys Gray

"Cecile Guay has been an active volunteer and advocate for people in need and for people with disabilities for many years. She has been involved in numerous groups, such as the B.C. Coalition of Disabled Persons, Concerned Persons for the Handicapped, and has been a particularly active force with the federated anti-poverty groups of British Columbia. Although she is no longer President of this organization, she remains its heart and soul and is still active as a much-respected advocate and organizer. Mrs. Guay is now a member of the Board of the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre."
--from the Governor General Announcement web site.