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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COA honors outstanding care and service providers at Annual Meeting

The mission of Council on Aging (COA) is to enhance the lives of adults and people with disabilities and to help them remain independent. This mission is made possible through the dedication and skill of our staff, but also through the efforts of countless caregivers and professionals who share our vision and work tirelessly to improve the lives of others throughout our region.

Three notable individuals were recognized for exceptional service and dedication at COA’s 43rd Annual Meeting, March 5, at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Warren County Trustee and Warren County Citizens for Elderly Services, Inc. Board Member Tom Ariss presented the awards. The awards and winners included:

2014 COA Annual Meeting Award Winners
Pictured (from left) Outstanding Professional in Aging Kim Clark, Warren County Commissioner Tom Ariss, Outstanding Caregiver Mayme Gillaspy and Outstanding Service Provider Rosalind Burnett.

Outstanding Professional in Aging
Kim Clark, Council on Aging
This award honors a professional in the field of aging who has made significant and lasting contributions through a variety of ways. Kim is recognized as a leader for change and growth at COA. Her contributions include the implementation and leadership of innovations and programs such as the Assisted Living Waiver, self-directed teams, Care Transitions, Integrated Care Coordination and the Hamilton County Elderly Services Program. Her programs have been recognized at the local, state and national levels for their impact on the community.

Outstanding Caregiver
Mayme Gillaspy, Clermont County
This award honors an extraordinary caregiver who gives generously day in and day out so that others can have easier, better and longer lives. At age 86, one might think that Mayme should be receiving care, when in fact she is a caregiver.  Mayme has cared for her son Michael, 64, and has helped him overcome his obstacles by focusing not on his disabilities, but on his abilities. Maria Evans, case manager for Clermont Senior Services, nominated Mayme for her commitment to her son and for being his supporter and his advocate. Now facing health issues of her own requiring some assistance from Clermont Senior Services, Mayme continues to care for and support Michael.

Outstanding Service Provider
Rosalind Burnett, Home Health Aide, Interim Health Care
This award honors an individual who goes above and beyond in providing services to older adults to improve their quality of life and preserve their independence. According to her colleagues at Interim Health Care, Rosalind has done just that throughout her 15-year career as a home health aide. They cite her respect and honesty in working with her clients, work ethic and team-first attitude.  Roaslind is always willing to accept a challenge. She offers a simple answer when asked about her dedication to her profession. “I believe I was given a gift and that gift is to care for others,” she said. “I love my job. Taking care of the elderly brings joy to my life!”

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