Honor someone who is dedicated to seniors and those with disabilities

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 award winnersCouncil on Aging (COA) takes pride in recognizing leaders, volunteers and caregivers in our area who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities. 

COA is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Annual Awards Program. The awards recognize caregivers, volunteers and professionals in the field of aging in Southwest Ohio. Please take time to nominate a friend, colleague, client or employee who deserves to be celebrated!

There is no better way to show someone that you care about the job they are doing than to nominate them for an award!

Click here for nomination form 

The nomination deadline is January 22, 2019.

The award categories are: 

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL IN AGING – Honors an individual who consistently demonstrates all-around excellence in his or her professional arena. Nominees have established themselves as leaders in the field of aging and have made a significant contribution to services for older adults and their families in Southwestern Ohio. Award recipients are those who have had a profound and lasting impact through such endeavors as: teaching, research, advocacy, care management, planning, program development or organizational leadership. All nominees must be employed in COA’s service area: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. Past winners include: Bill Hambley, ProSeniors; Rhonda Moore, ProSeniors; Suzanne Kathman, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Kim Clark, Council on Aging; Lynn Melzer, Cincinnati Recreation Commission; Ann Sutton Burke, Jewish Family Services.

OUTSTANDING DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER (Professional or Volunteer) – Honors an individual who performs an outstanding job providing direct service to older adults or people with disabilities which enhances their quality of life and independence. The nomination must show that the nominee exemplifies a strong commitment to the rights of older adults and people with disabilities. All nominees must be employed in COA’s service area: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. Past winners include: Judy Vincent, Hospice of Middletown; Gail Gepsman Ziegler, Jewish Family Services; David Lytle, Clermont Senior Services; Rosalind Burnett, Interim Health Care; Margo McMurray, Council on Aging.

OUTSTANDING CAREGIVER AWARD – Honors a family or “informal” caregiver who does an outstanding job providing compassionate care for an older adult or person with disabilities by making his or her life easier, better and longer. The nomination must demonstrate that the nominee respects the rights of the care recipient and provides consistent dedication to the care of the older adult or person with disabilities. All nominees must reside in COA’s service area: which includes: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. Past Winners include: Rachelle Smith, Hamilton; Marne Kappes, Hamilton; Mary McConnell, Butler County, Donald Neyer, Hamilton County; Mayme Gillaspy, Clermont County; Ron Hitchcock, Warren County

Award winners will be honored at COA's Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, March 13, 2019 at the Sharonville Convention Center. The meeting will include a buffet lunch, brief overview of COA’s 2018 Annual Report from CEO Suzanne Burke, and the awards ceremony.

COA’s annual meeting and award ceremony is part of Forum on Aging, a two-day professional development conference for professionals in the aging and disability services network. The conference is March 12-13 and features nationally recognized keynote speakers and workshops designed with today`s aging network professional in mind. Click here for more information on Forum on Aging.