In a tribute entitled “The Greatest Role Model”, written by her daughter Carleene in the Toronto-based newspaper Philippine Reporter, “caring and supportive” Carol Banez’s life and work shine. It is one of many honours (including features in the Toronto Star and the Scarborough Mirror) capturing Carol’s journey as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, researcher, wife, and mother of two.
Through her expertise and unrelenting devotion to promoting seniors’ health and quality of life, her community work with new immigrants, and as the longest-running President of the 100-member, charitable Philippine Heritage Band (PHB), accomplished advocate Carol has touched the lives of so many. At Toronto General Hospital, Carol helped implement Best Practices on Delirium, Dementia, and Depression, and served as consultant on geriatric issues. She was the Co Investigator for thirteen studies on Falls Prevention at Toronto Western Hospital, and shared her findings at health conferences in Canada, the United States, Japan, China, and Australia, and in the Journal of American Geriatric Society.
Not content to truly “retire”, this “persistent, diplomatic, decisive, and humble” (as described by friends) grandmother of five currently serves as President of the Scarborough Ontario Seniors Association, and continues to helm the PHB. She has led youth and parent workshops on issues such as drunk driving, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and bullying. As a testament to her achievements and impact, Carol received the prestigious Esther and Saul Baker Award from the University Health Network in 2010 for her “outstanding contribution to research and education”; a Volunteer Service Award from the City of Vaughan, and in 2011, was nominated for the Toronto Star Nightingale Award for “touching the lives of others in a special and meaningful way.”