The City of Oshawa and the Oshawa Senior Community Centres (OSCC55+) have announced that Donna Davidson is being recognized for her contributions to the community and has won the Senior of the Year award.
It’s an annual award that goes to an outstanding senior who has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the Oshawa community.
Davidson joined the OSCC55+ back in 1970 as an instructor for senior fitness classes.
Twenty years ago, Davidson introduced Line Dancing to OSCC55+.
Since then, she has led her students as they have performed at City and OSCC55+ events, promoting line dance and fitness and reducing the stigma of ageism.
A line dance fundraiser hosted by Davidson raised more than $11,000 for program equipment and supplies at OSCC55+.
The city says her classes create opportunities for seniors to develop friendships and socialize, thus reducing social isolation.
Many participants in her class have formed friendships that have lasted for decades.
“As both an instructor and role model to her peers at OSCC55+, Donna Davidson has made a huge impact on the City of Oshawa by helping keep our seniors active, healthy and engaged in their community,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Donna is truly a community builder who is dedicated to enhancing the lives of others which makes her a natural fit for Oshawa’s Senior of the Year.”
Photo courtesy of the City of Oshawa