Photos from 2017 Larry Murray Award Presentation
Richard was unable to attend the Older Americans Act Partner Meeting to receive his award, so we brought it to him. You can see a video of the award presentation here. These are a few moments captured during and after the award ceremony between Richard Clanton, the 2017 Larry Murray Award Recipient and Jackie O'Connor, AAAWM's Executive Director. They have many experiences and memories between them of the work they've done on behalf of older adults throughout the years.
Richard Clanton - 2017 Larry Murray Award Recipient
Recently, Richard Clanton, CEO of UMCH-United Methodist Community House, received the Larry Murray Award.
Named after the first Executive Director of Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, this award recognizes "excellence in Leadership, Innovation and Collaboration" of our network partners.
Thank you, Richard for your years of leadership in service to the Grand Rapids Community and our older adults.
Mecosta County Senior Center Earns Award
Congratulations to the Mecosta County Senior Center (one of our partner agencies) for earning first place in the Tess Canja Innovation Award given by the Silver Key Coalition. "Confronted with a 25% increase in demand for meals-on-wheels, the agency rose to the challenge, nearly doubling its budget by partnering with Meals on Wheels America." Congratulations again for everything you do to help older adults in Mecosta County.
AAAWM Programs Receive National Awards
AAAWM has been awarded Aging Achievement Awards from N4A (Nationation Association of Area Agencies on Aging) for both the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition and Senior Dental Day! Thank you to all of those who have worked with both of these great programs and a special “thank you” to our very own Nancy Kropiewnicki who helped make these programs so helpful to our community.
Tom Czerwinski Wins Award
Please join us in congratulating Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director, on receiving the Volunteer of the Year award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. Tom’s award acknowledges his “foundational, long standing impactful leadership of the Government Relations Committee, Board of Trustees leadership and advocacy efforts to expand home care options for people with MS throughout Michigan.” Congratulations Tom!
Congratulations to Bob Sundholm!
Yesterday we presented Robert (Bob) Sundholm with the Sister Agnes Thiel award for his advocacy work on behalf of older adults. Bob, a resident of Mason County, has served on our Advisory Council for over 30 years. As a Chair of our Advisory Council he is also a member of our Board of Directors and serves on the Michigan Senior Advocates Council. Please join us in congratulating Bob and thanking him for his great work.
Tom Czerwinski Wins Award
Please join us in congratulating our Executive Director, Tom Czerwinski, on being presented with the Michigan Society of Gerontology’s (MSG) Harry Kelly award. The award is presented to a MSG member who is an out-standing practitioner in the field of gerontology and has demonstrated leadership on the local, state or national level.
Senior of the Year Awarded to Eleanor Nielsen
Please join us in congratulating Eleanor Nielsen on receiving the 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year award presented by the Office of Services to the Aging. Eleanor has been a tireless advocate for older adults in West Michigan, serving on the... AAAWM Board since 1985 and as Chairperson of the Board from 2004-2014. She was instrumental in the Allegan County Senior Millage campaign and has served on the Allegan County Resource Development Committee Board of Directors, the Allegan County Commission on Aging, the Allegan County Senior Fest and the Allegan County Life Long Learners as a leader and facilitator. She has also served on the AAAWM Proposal Review Committee, helping to determine funding for older adult programs throughout nine counties. Congratulations Eleanor and thank you for your dedication to helping older adults age with independence and dignity.