Aging Awards nominations now open

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Aging Awards nominations now open
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By Michael Schuster

The Alexandria Commission on Aging – a 21-member citizen body appointed by City Council to advocate for older Alexandrians – is now accepting nominations in four categories for the 2024 awards.

Since 1990, the Alexandria Commission on Aging’s Excellence in Aging Awards Program has honored individuals and organizations that have made superior contributions in advancing issues and projects that make a favorable impact on older Alexandrians.

Awards are presented in the following four categories.

Annie B. Rose Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual whose exemplary achievements span a lifetime of public service. These achievements have been devoted to significantly enhancing the community, especially to advancing social justice and aging concerns for all citizens. The award honors the superior example of Annie B. Rose for her lifetime of outstanding service.

In the last five years, awardees include Suzanne Adams in 2022; Kupenda Olusegun and Bob Eiffert in 2019; Mary Hamil Parker, Ph.D. in 2018; William “Bill” Clayton and Carol Siegel in 2017; Vanessa Greene and Gant Redmon in 2016.

Lois Van Valkenburgh Excellence in Aging Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to elevating the quality of life for older adults in Alexandria within the past year. This award is in honor of Lois Van Valkenburgh, a longtime Alexandrian, community leader and past chair of the Alexandria Commission on Aging. Van Valkenburgh was a tireless advocate of and expert in issues related to aging. Her strong spirit, steadfast dedication and extensive network helped to make Alexandria a better place in which its oldest citizens can age gracefully.

Awardees include Barbara “Babs” Waters and Frederick Reardon in 2022; Luley Chow, Cedar Dvorin and Susan Lane in 2019; Dolores Viehman in 2018; Mary Lee Anderson in 2017; and Wanda Dowell in 2016.

Excellence in Aging Award for an Organization

This award recognizes an organization that has made outstanding contributions to elevating the quality of life of older Alexandrians.

Past awardees include HomeAid Northern Virginia in 2022; Giant Food Store at 3131 Duke St. and Legal Services of Northern Virginia in 2019; The Hermitage Northern Virginia in 2018; Rebuilding Together Alexandria in 2017; and At Home in Alexandria in 2016.

Public Service Award

This award recognizes a City of Alexandria employee who has advanced, improved or otherwise contributed to making Alexandria a more livable community for all ages during the course of their job.

Past awardees include Terri Lynch in 2022; Michael Brown, Dana Lawhorne and Kim Robertson in 2019; Margaret Orlando in 2018; Debbie Ludington and Arthur Thomas in 2017; and Robert Fulk in 2016.

Nominations can be made on the city’s website and are due by March 29. The awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on May 14 in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall at 301 King St.

For more information or questions, contact Pamela Austin at 703-746-5738 or pamela. austin@alexandriava.gov.

The writer is the chair of the Alexandria Commission on Aging.

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