George Linton, now 96, has been singing for in Toronto hospitals for the last three decades. Last month, the Governor General gave him an award to recognize his work. Linton started playing for people in nursing homes and hospitals with his late first wife, Peggy, while he was still a Globe and Mail reporter. The gig became full time after he retired. "Not only is he a wonderful musician, he has a very kind and gentle manner with people," said Susan Bertoldi, a volunteer services employee at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Linton says he hopes his award inspires others to use their talents to spread joy. "If you can find something you not only like doing, but other people are going to enjoy," he says, "why not keep at it if you can?"