Former Forest Hill resident was dedicated to his country, family and other residents
It’s fitting Forest Hill resident Marcel “Marty” Joiner received the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, as he was the epitome of a person whose life reflected all areas of what the award represents.
OMNI Health Care’s Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented annually to people living in the organization’s 18 long-term care homes who have demonstrated commitment to other residents, their home and country.
Marty passed away in May at 95, before the award was presented. His family received the award on his behalf at a recent ceremony at Forest Hill.
Marty’s life was dedicated to Canada, in time of war and in peace. Marty served as a gunner in the Canadian Army during the Second World War and was a veteran of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944.
After his time in the military, Marty worked for the Ministry of Transport and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
He was also a dedicated volunteer with the United Way, canvassing and gathering donations for the charity for 20 years.
Marty, who raised four children with his wife, Blanche, was also active in Forest Hill’s residents’ council.
“Marty’s easygoing nature and truly kind heart endeared him to all the residents and staff of Forest Hill,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest, who nominated Marty for the award.
“He always treated all staff and fellow residents with dignity and respect, and almost always has a smile on his face.”
Craig says one of his fondest memories of Marty was accompanying him on a trip to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
At the museum, Marty was reunited with the M4A4 Sherman tank, the Forceful III, he and his battalion drove across northwestern Europe in, during the army’s advance from France into Germany in 1944 and 1945.
Seeing the very same tank his battalion used brought back a lot of memories for Marty.
“We lived in that tank,” Marty told The OMNIway, in an interview in October 2016. “Everything from sleeping to eating we did in that tank. That was our home.”
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