Older Americans Month: Volunteers awarded for outstanding work
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Katy Mason, Larimer County Office on Aging,  498-7759, email@example.com
L-R: Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson, Gary Thomas, Debbie Crandell, Laura Walker, Dottie Hack, and John Reid.
Volunteer --- you get so much more back than you give
May is Older Americans Month and five people who enhance the quality of life for older Americans were honored on Thursday by the Larimer County Office on Aging.
The Stan Ulrich Senior Volunteer Award was presented to Dottie Hack, who makes Harvest Pointe Senior Center in Loveland a community, not just a place to live. Volunteering on many projects, Dottie has worked at the Larimer County Food Bank and Volunteers of America Meal Program. “Even if you only can spare a few hours --- volunteer --- you’ll get so much more back than you give,” said Hack.
Former teacher Debbie Crandell, recipient of the Outstanding Caregiver Award was recognized for her work caring for her husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. Debbie is a member of Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado and participates in memory cafes with her husband at her church.
Former University of North Dakota Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering John Reid received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 16 years of volunteer work in the Larimer County Ombudsman Program, protecting the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. He also volunteers his time reading to elementary school children.
The Outstanding Service Provider Award was given to two individuals, Elizabeth Harless and Gary Thomas. Harless was recognized for her years of work with Loveland-Berthoud Meals on Wheels, which ensures seniors in Larimer County have hot, nutritious meals five days per week.
Getting around town is better thanks to Executive Director of Senior Alternatives In Transportation [SAINT], Gary Thomas. Thomas improved SAINT services, increasing greater visibility of SAINT in Northern Colorado. Thomas served on Transportation Boards in both Fort Collins and Loveland, and was the first non-government member of the Technical Advisory Committee on the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization [NFRMPO]. He helped form the Larimer County Mobility committee of the NFRMPO, focusing in improving mobility for disabled and older Americans.