The Frank Kajfes Resident Champion Award is presented to an individual who has promoted, independently or through his or her participation on external committees, the needs and rights of seniors living in retirement homes, and whose efforts have resulted in a noticeable impact on the quality of life of residents. While this award recognizes the outstanding efforts of one individual, we realize that retirement homes are communities of many exceptional residents.
Nomination criteria and submission instructions appear below.
Nominees must be a resident in a licensed retirement home.
The nominee should have made his or her impact through volunteer work, as a resident or member of a working group/committee either at the retirement home or through other external work.
Specific examples of the impact of their work must be documented in the submission.
Preference will be given to nominees whose actions have had a broad impact on many seniors or several, versus on one individual, and where the impact is sustainable.
The award will be presented at the RHRA Annual Celebration event on October 18, 2018. Event begins at 4:00 pm.
RHRA will review each nomination and select the winner.
Nominations can be submitted electronically using the form below, or by printing and mailing the nomination package to the attention of Communications at:
Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority
55 York Street, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M5J 1R7
The RHRA is honoured to name the Resident Champion Award after Frank Kajfes, a beloved member of the Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC). Frank was devoted to improving the lives of seniors and the lives of the people in his retirement home community. As an educator, he was generous, humorous and optimistic and believed in the importance of empowering people through education. In his later years, that passion translated into his work to empower seniors to stay informed and know their rights so that they can live in security and with dignity in a retirement home. These qualities also shape the RHRA’s mandate. Frank’s ideas were intelligent, respectful, honest, practical and inclusive. He joined SAC on January 1, 2016. Sadly, he died unexpectedly on November 7, 2016. Frank’s legacy as a member of SAC lives on in the Resident Champion Award.