Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise today to pay tribute to an outstanding Canadian.
Julia Chan cared for her husband, Frank, following his unexpected heart transplant. For 26 years she worked day in and day out to help alleviate his pain and suffering. Following Frank's passing, Julia did not stop. All that love and compassion she gave her husband extended to 400 seniors living in similar circumstances at the Yee Hong Garden Terrace. Residents describe Julia as the heart of their community.
Last month, the national non-profit Canada Cares recognized her as the heart of our country. On May 5, I joined the Hon. David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to present Julia with this year's national family caregiver award.
Canada is a better country because of people like Julia who, through their generous dedication, help others. She is a shining example to us all.
Let us extend our warmest congratulations to Julia, the recipient of the national family caregiver award.