Hans G.

Toronto, ON
Nominated by Swartika Nair

Volunteered for:

CANES Community Care

Length of Service:

25 hours per month for 3 years

Volunteered for:

Albion Neighbourhood Services,

Length of Service:

15 hours per month for 7 years

Volunteered for:

North Kipling Junior Middle School

Length of Service:

20 hours per month for 13 years

February 27, 2014

Hans Gupta became a volunteer with CANES Community Care in 2011, as a Board Director. His skills, knowledge and compassion are truly some of his most notable attributes. He continues to demonstrate many skilful qualities while conveying much perspective, interest and commitment.

While dedicating his altruistic and countless hours to make our community a better place, his passion for volunteering is "simply a part of his daily life."

As Mr. Gupta has provided countless years in giving back to the community, he has, and continues to aid several demographics, including: seniors, adults with disabilities, children and youth - all of whom are from a various ethnic backgrounds.

Hans Gupta was born in 1939 in Punjab, India. He moved to England in 1962, and shortly thereafter married his wife. Today, Mr. Gupta has twin boys and a daughter.

While residing in England, Mr. Gupta worked as an interpreter in the courts and was an active volunteer with the Bedford Rotary Club from 1980 to 1986, while owing his own business.

In 1986, Mr. Gupta moved to Canada where he continued his business, and joined the Downsview Rotary Club. From 1991-1992 and 1999 to 2000 he was appointed as the President, to the Board of Directors. Mr. Gupta was also active with the Rotary Club for 11 consecutive years (1993-2004).

From 1999-2004 he also served on the Board of Albion Neighbourhood Services, in which he acted as the Treasure for 4 of the 5 years, and was re-elected to the Board in 2012.

His dedication to the community continues. From 2002-2004, he was the Chairperson of the North Etobicoke Revitalization Project. Furthermore, Mr. Gupta also started the breakfast program at the North Kipling Junior Middle School; and volunteered daily from 7-9 a.m. Mr. Gupta states that he did not miss a day of service for three consecutive years. In May 2003, he was awarded with the Fiona Nelson Award.

2005 -2010, Mr. Gupta assisted as a Tax Preparer for the East York Community Senior Centre.

Hans Gupta is an active Board Member for CANES Community Care, Albion Neighbourhood Services, Toronto Rotary Club and has been activity involved for the past 13 years with the North Kipling Junior Middle School - particularly in their Citizenship Course.

Mr. Gupta has been an integral Director with CANES Community Care. As a member he has assisted CANES with its vision and mission statement; reduced Emergency Room visits; reduced Alternative Level of Care beds; and expanded two primary programs. He proves to be an extraordinary community leader that works for a cause and puts ideas into practice.

In 2012 and 2013, we were able to provide an additional 200 meals collectively to seniors over the holidays that were on fixed incomes and had limited supports. This was as a result of his dedication and generosity to build a resilient community.

Volunteerism is an important aspect to the culture of our organization, and with such individuals as Mr. Gupta he reflects a great leader, demonstrates dedication and compassion for the community he resides within, and is a significant contribution to CANES. We are pleased that there is an opportunity to recognize his volunteerism and exceptional service to our community. It is with great esteem that CANES submit this nomination.

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Prize Description

The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on SaluteToSeniorService.ca in recognition of their outstanding service.

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