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    Allianz Canada Announces 2002 Caregiver of the Year Award Recipients

    Catherine Kuipers receives National Award

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Allianz Canada is pleased to announce the
    recipients for the fifth annual Allianz Canada Caregiver of the Year awards, a
    program designed to bring much-deserved recognition to remarkable and selfless
    Canadians providing non-professional care to a family member or loved one.
    More than 300 entries describing self-sacrifice, kindness and devotion were
    received this year from across the country.
    "Allianz Canada is pleased to acknowledge many of these exceptional
    caregivers through the Caregiver of the Year Awards," says Christian
    Cassebaum, President and C.E.O., Allianz Canada. "The dedication that
    caregivers provide is truly admirable, and we are honoured to be able to offer
    recognition and thanks for the increasing role they play in our society."
    One in four adult Canadians provide some form of care to someone in their
    home with a long-term physical or mental illness, or who is frail or
    disabled.(*) Allianz Canada, one of Canada's leading insurance companies and
    part of the worldwide Allianz Group, is well aware of changing social dynamics
    and is proud to honour and recognize these social heroes for their
    humanitarian efforts.
    Below are five remarkable stories of this year's Caregiver of the Year
    National and Regional Award recipients.

    Caregiver of the Year National Recipient, 2002 - $10,000 award recipient

    Catherine Kuipers, Red Deer, Alberta

    Catherine Kuipers is the mother of two medically fragile children,
    Angela, 20, and Timothy, 16, who have both been diagnosed with Acquired
    Infantile Microcephaly. At six weeks of age, it was discovered that Angela's
    brain was not growing. She was not expected to live more than a year. Because
    of this, Angela cannot see, speak, or move her limbs with any control to take
    care of herself. Timothy's limitations are very much like his older sister's,
    so he is also totally dependant on others for all aspects of his care.
    Catherine has been the primary caregiver for both Timothy and Angela from the
    beginning, in addition to raising their older sister, Elissa, and three of her
    husband's children from a former marriage.
    In nominating Catherine, her husband Albert said, "Cathy has fought over
    and over again for programs and facilities to enhance the quality of life for
    Tim and Angela. In spite of their disabilities, both Tim and Angela are a
    picture of health. It is Cathy's full-time commitment to provide a loving home
    for Tim and Angela and to fight for their needs, their rights and for anything
    that might add to their quality of life. It's a very special person to be
    entrusted with the care of not one, but two special angels." Taylor Poor and
    Laura Poole also nominated Catherine for this award and wrote, "She has cared
    for her kids both in times of difficulty and fun. She has very limited
    resources...(yet) Cathy faces all of these obstacles and does everything she
    can in her means to provide and care for her two children."

    Regional Award Recipients, 2002 - $1,000 award recipients

    2002 Atlantic Provinces Award Recipient, Lloyd Evans, Mount Herbert,
    Prince Edward Island

    Lloyd Evans cares for his wife of 34 years who suffers from Charcot-
    Marie-Tooth Disorder (CMT) - a hereditary, progressive nerve disorder. Linda
    is confined to a wheelchair, has only 10 percent of a healthy person's lung
    capacity and is also diabetic. Several years ago, Lloyd quit his job to care
    for Linda. His daily agenda includes cooking, cleaning, preserving, laundry
    and caring for Linda. They have no car; Lloyd rides his bike five miles into
    town and back again when they need something. Linda and Lloyd have two
    children who are now young adults, and a grandson Linda never thought she
    would be alive to see.
    In nominating Lloyd, Linda wrote, "I am on 16 pills, 7 eye drops and 1
    cream a day...all our meals are planned around my diabetic needs. He makes
    bread for us and bakes treats for family and friends. At Christmas time, Lloyd
    bakes goodies to give away as presents...he does (everything) without
    complaining and makes sure to give me lots of hugs, kisses and 'I love you's."
    Lloyd was also nominated by his sister-in-law Cathie. "Lyn and Lloyd are not
    financially wealthy but they are richly blessed," said Cathie in her
    nomination. "They have experienced more than a lifetime of struggle,
    disappointment and grief. Yet each day, they find the strength and the courage
    to continue."

    2002 Quebec Award Recipient, John Piggott, Montreal, Quebec

    At age 71, John Piggott has selflessly cared for his wife and son for the
    last 48 years. John's wife Edythe has C.O.P.D. Scleroderma and is on oxygen 24
    hours a day, 7 days a week. She needs someone nearby at all times in case of a
    power outage. Their son (one of seven children) lives with them and suffers
    from Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease that necessitates a wheelchair
    for him to get around and help with his everyday living.
    Edythe wrote in her nomination, "John has selflessly put our son and
    myself before most of his desires and expectations for retirement and has
    taken on the role of nurse, cook, grocery shopper, launderer, housekeeper,
    etc...John is able to overlook our frailties and be kind and generous. We are
    blessed with a family that rallies around us."

    2002 Ontario Award Recipient, Max Erlichman, Toronto, Ontario

    Max Erlichman and his wife Luba are Holocaust survivors who lost their
    families during World War II. They came to Canada with three young children
    and no money, and through hard work and self-sacrifice made the best of their
    circumstances. Luba was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and refused to
    take medication, which often made her behaviour unpredictable. Max took care
    of her and the family, while trying to earn a living in a country where he
    initially did not know the language. This continued until the mid-nineties,
    when Luba was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
    At age 86, Max continues to look after his wife with great devotion and
    self-sacrifice, even though Luba needs constant reassurance and reminders. Max
    rarely goes out, unless he can take Luba with him. Despite the circumstances
    including his own life-long heart condition, Max is always very cheerful and
    maintains an upbeat, positive attitude, finding humour even in the darkest
    In nominating her father, Anna Henry wrote, "When my mother visits her
    doctor, every year he asks her to write a sentence. Although her memory has
    deteriorated to a considerable extent, she always writes the same thing: 'I
    have a very good husband.' I agree. His courage, devotion, patience, work
    ethic, love and self-sacrifice for more than 50 years, under extremely trying
    circumstances, are an awesome inspiration to us all. They remind us to try
    harder and complain less, and to be grateful for what we have."

    British Columbia and Territories Award Recipient, Hendrika Zyderveld,
    Kelowna, British Columbia

    Hendrika and Jack Zyderveld celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary
    this past September, 41 of those years with him as a quadriplegic and her as
    his primary caregiver. On August 21st, 1961, while walking his rounds as a
    night watchman, a car struck Jack from behind, leaving him with a C-5 and 6
    spinal cord injury. Over the years, Hendrika has seen her share of health
    crises as her spouse experienced them, including gall bladder surgery, a
    bleeding ulcer that necessitated a blood transfusion later found to be tainted
    with Hepatitis C, and a left lung with a tendency to collapse.
    For thirty-nine years, Hendrika cared for Jack alone, until a tracheotomy
    and a ventilator necessitated twenty-four hour care. Trained staff help, yet
    Hendrika is never "off-duty"-transporting him to medical appointments,
    delivering specimens to the laboratory and sleeping next to a room where the
    ventilator breathes all night for Jack and beeps out an alarm for any changes
    in his respiratory system.
    Hendrika's nominator Bailey Larroquette said, "very few women would or
    even could have committed (their) lifestyle to the extent that Hendrika has,
    for as long as she has done it. It takes someone very special who is
    especially loving, caring, giving and dedicated."

    The 2002 Panel
    This year's judges were: Faye Porter, Vice President, Quality, Research
    and Volunteer Development, VON; Andria Spindel, Chief Executive Officer,
    Ontario March of Dimes; Charlotte Empey, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Living;
    Judy Gerstel, Health Editor, The Toronto Star; Gertrude Higgins, Board of
    Directors, Canadian Association for Community Care, and Judy DesRoches, Vice
    President of Marketing, Allianz Canada.

    Allianz Canada, Protecting what Matters
    Caregivers are often not aware of the support services available to them.
    As part of Allianz Canada's ongoing program to recognize and support Canada's
    caregivers, the Allianz Canada Online Caregiver Information Directory allows
    Canadian caregivers to quickly and easily access a directory of organizations
    that will provide services they need to cope, including homecare and home
    assistance, transportation, assistive devices, palliative care, counselling
    and support along with a listing of other directories and resources. The
    directory can be accessed at Nominations 2003
    Canadians are asked to nominate non-professional caregivers they consider
    exceptional. Nominations are to include a testimonial of 500 words or less,
    describing the circumstances both of the caregiver and the care recipient. The
    names of the nominator, the caregiver, the care recipient, one other person
    familiar with the caregiving situation and contact information must also be
    Nominations will be accepted from May 2003 to August 2003. An independent
    committee will judge the nominations in September. Recipients of the Awards
    will be announced in November 2003. Nomination criteria and requirements for
    entitlement can be obtained from Allianz Canada, Awards Program, 10 York Mills
    Road, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M2P 2G5 or on the Allianz Canada Website at The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading providers of financial
    services, operating 700 companies in more than 70 countries. Worldwide, the
    Allianz Group has a gross premium income of about 75.1 billion euros (Cdn
    $106 billion) and manages assets in excess of 1,172 billion euros (Cdn
    $1,700 billion). Allianz employs over 179,000 people worldwide. With
    experience dating back to 1911, Allianz Canada writes over $748 million in
    premiums and has total assets exceeding $1.7 billion. All figures as of 12/01.

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