ONTARIO -- The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. annual meeting was held virtually on Thursday, December 3, 2020 on the Area Agency on Aging Facebook page. A special thank you to the exclusive 2020 Platinum Sponsor, Mechanics Bank.
Chief Executive Officer, Duana Patton, and President of the Corporate Board of Trustees, Jeff Polzin, presided over the on-line event that highlighted accomplishments of the Area Agency on Aging for 2020.
The Area Agency on Aging also presented annual awards which included:
The Project Collaboration award was presented to the Ontario Stingel Elementary and the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their letter writing campaign to nursing home facilities to keep residents connected to the community during the pandemic.
The Community Partnership award was presented to the “Mask Makers Who Care”—a group of volunteers that had sewn or donated masks for older adults.
The Advocate of the Year award was presented to Dr. Robert Santiago for providing a person-centered approach of medical care for his patients and referring them to the Agency’s programs and services.
The Award of Excellence was presented to the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance for their leadership, innovation, and collaboration to fulfill the lack of available Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by refurbishing materials and distributing PPE statewide to front line workers that provided home and community-based services.
During the event, the kickoff of the 2021 Scholarship program was announced. A portion of the proceeds from Annual Meeting Sponsorships will be designated by the Board of Trustees for the Scholarship Program. Three scholarship awards will be provided to individuals that are within the nine-county region and are pursuing higher education or classes benefitting the field of aging.
For additional information concerning Area Agency on Aging services or programs, call 419-524-4144 or 800-560-5799.