MPP Sylvia Jones and Mayor Lisa Post congratulate Heather Sheehan for the Ontario Senior of the Year Award.

An Orangeville resident has been named as the recipient of the Ontario Senior of the Year Award for 2023. Heather Sheehan was nominated by Orangeville Council and chosen by the Province of Ontario. The award pays tribute each year to seniors who enrich the social, cultural, or civic life of the communities in which they reside.

Heather has played a strong role in helping create an inclusive community, dedicating her free time to serving, helping in diversity initiatives, and working with organizations that help members of the community thrive.

As an active volunteer, Heather donates much of her time to several local nonprofits, groups, and events, including the Orangeville Food Bank, Choices Shelters, Celebrate Your Awesome, and Headwaters Health Care Centre’s TeleCheck program.

“Heather is a strong asset to our community, positively impacting many individuals through the work she does,” said Mayor Lisa Post. “She is a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity, and better meeting the needs of those who are struggling. Our community is fortunate to have Heather, and Orangeville Council is pleased to celebrate her work through the Senior of the Year award.”

Heather’s enthusiasm also extends to the local arts and culture scene, supporting local artists through art shows and events, by being a long-time supporter of the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, the Dufferin Arts Council, and Theatre Orangeville.

The Ontario Senior of the Year Award recognizes outstanding seniors over the age of 65 who enrich the social, cultural, or civic life of the community. It is awarded by the municipality they live in following a nomination. For further information on the award or nomination eligibility, visit

Council and supports gather in Orangeville Town Hall atrium looking up at the camera in celebration of Heather Sheehan.