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CONTACT: Maureen Squires
Phone: 217-785-9020, TTY: 1-800-252-8966

April 29, 2003

Unique Achievement Awards
to be Presented

Event Celebrates "Older Americans Month"

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson today announced this year's winners of the Governor's Awards for Unique Achievement. In celebration of Older Americans Month (May), the winners will be honored at a ceremony May 14, 2003, at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.

Honorees were selected by leaders of the Area Agencies on Aging, who chose a person who best exemplifies a "unique achiever" in their area. They are listed alphabetically by hometown:

Bloomington – Faye J. Townsend was nominated by the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Townsend enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program and serves as a Site Aide with the Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program at Wood Hill Towers. She is chapter Co-President of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Livingston and McLean Counties. She holds a masterís degree in arts education from Illinois State University.

She is a gifted writer and public speaker who uses her talents to raise public awareness about mental illness.
She is a consumer representative on the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and a strong advocate for integrated systems that will improve access to supportive services and mental health services for older Illinoisans.

Belleville – Wayne Schlosser was nominated by the Southwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. For over 50 years, Schlosser has been a volunteer in the Metro East area. With a 44–year career in advertising and public relations, Schlosser retired in 1996 but has continued working with many local organizations, including the Southwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, AARP, the city of Belleville, the YMCA of Southwestern Illinois, St. Clair County Health Department, Boy Scouts and Rotary Clubs. According to his nomination,

"Individuals like Mr. Schlosser are a credit to his generation."
He is the recipient of many awards, including the AARP Carnation Award, and two Illinois Governorís Awards for anti–crime efforts, and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Community and Ambassador of the Year Awards.

Crystal Lake – Bryan Lovelace was nominated by the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. According to his nomination,

"Bryan has a deep concern for insuring that all seniors are provided the best possible health and social services."
Lovelace provides free tax preparation through the Senior Health Insurance Program at the Crystal Lake Public Library. He also prepares taxes for developmentally disabled adults at the Pioneer Center of McHenry County. He provides "on–call" support for the Senior Service Associates RSVP program, including interviewing clients for qualification for low–income energy credit. He delivers meals–on–wheels, and volunteers for PADS shelter through the Good Samaritan Program and the First United Methodist Church. Lovelace has served on the Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Area Agency for the past ten years.

Effingham – Linda Warner was nominated by Midland Area Agency on Aging. Warner is a Mental Health and Aging Systems Integration Senior Outreach Worker. As an outreach worker and gerontological–psychological specialist, Warner has worked to identify seniors with mental health needs and to find the most effective help available. According to her nomination,

"The result of Lindaís (and her co-workers) work is a 28 county, active, varied, cooperative system to improve the mental health of seniors in southern Illinois. Organizations and community programs are working together to provide education, reduce barriers, and lead individuals to help that addresses their mental health needs.... Her efforts have sparked an active, productive, exciting project dealing with a subject area that has been talked about, and worried about, but not productively dealt with for many years."

Flossmoor – Donna Moore was nominated by the Suburban Area Agency on Aging. She began her service to the Area Agency in 1989, and has served in every officerís position since. She was President of the Area Agency from 1993-94, and is currently Treasurer. She works for the American Cancer Society in their finance department. According to her nomination,

"Donna knows the types of programs and services that older persons deserve to receive from our network...Donna is an outstanding volunteer and professional who is cherished by the Suburban Area Agency on Aging for her service, leadership, encouragement, support and wonderful friendship."

Galesburg – Dottie Lovell was nominated by Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Lovell is described as the backbone of the Knox County Teen Court, a diversion program for youths who have been arrested. The youths are judged in Teen Court by peers, and given a wide variety of sentences including counseling and substance abuse evaluations. If successful, they will no longer have an arrest record. As a role model to the teens, Lovell offers guidance and encouragement, and drives them to community service assignments.

Parents have credited Lovell with helping to turn their childrenís lives around by making them reject criminal activity and making them feel good about themselves through volunteering.

Jacksonville – Anita Hardin was nominated by Project LIFE Area Agency on Aging. Hardin, 83, is a water aerobics instructor for the Sherwood Eddy Memorial YMCA in Jacksonville. She learned to swim as a senior citizen, and has been teaching at the Y for 20 years. Her classes offer low–intensity swimming workouts aimed at older persons and those with arthritis.

Hardin has received honors in recognition for her volunteer service, including the 1990 Governorís Senior Leadership Award for Health and Physical Fitness.
In addition to teaching at the Y, she serves as a volunteer dispatcher for the Prairie Council on Agingís Senior Bus Program.

Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties – Linda Hale, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army Golden Diner Nutrition Program, was nominated by the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Hale was hired thirty years ago to be a site manager for the Carpentersville/Dundee Community Dining site. Later she worked to coordinate the meal sites and train new site managers. In her tenure, the dining program has grown from its original three locations to 22 sites, serving over 4,000 seniors every year. According to her nomination,

"Linda has been a key staff member of our administration, as advisor and pace setter. She was truly instrumental in the expansion of our program, including the development of a Restaurant Program and two years ago a deli-style site. These two unique aspects of our program have brought national awards and notice of our program and services to seniors in our area....She truly has a heart for the better good of seniors in Kane, Kendall, and McHenry counties."

Peoria – Kathryn W. Timmes was nominated by Central Illinois Agency on Aging. Timmes is described as an active community volunteer and an "intergenerationalist" long before intergenerational programs became popular. She holds degrees in education, including a Masterís in Educational Counseling from Illinois State University. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Agency on Aging, having begun her experience as a member of the Board six years prior. Timmes has a long record of public service which includes service to the state of New York as Director of Migrant Childrenís Care Center and teaching/counseling at Spaulding High School, Roosevelt Junior High, Manual and Woodruff High Schools.

She is known for instituting cutting–edge programs and changing the dynamics of school and community relations in Peoria. She is an energetic champion of families, including the growing number of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Quincy – Michael McClain and Lucinda Awerkamp McClain were nominated by the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging. The McClains have been instrumental in initiating many projects for west central Illinois. According to their nomination,

"Mike and Lucinda have made a career out of giving back to the community."
Both graduates of St. Louis University Law School, the McClains are strong advocates of seniors. Mike McClain served ten years in the Illinois House of Representatives, working on many quality–of–life issues including securing funding for the Quincy Senior Center. Lucinda served as legal aid to the Area Agency and has spent long hours providing advice, educating and protecting the rights of seniors. She now specializes in Social Security Disability cases. They both are known for their strong dedication to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Rockford – Crusader Clinic was nominated by Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. The non–profit clinic provides health care for people with low incomes and/or no medical insurance. During 2002, nearly 2,500 patients over 60 years of age were served. A benefit to patients is access to low–cost prescription drugs. Steve Zielinski, clinic pharmacist, ensures indigent seniors do not "fall between the cracks" and is now working with the Area Agency to help seniors obtain anti&150;anxiety medications through a special program. In 2001, a Memory Diagnostic Center, which is affiliated with Southern Illinois University School of Medicineís Memory and Aging Clinic, was established at the clinic to treat patients with memory deficits.

The clinic also helps patients access affordable dental care, eye exams, diabetes counseling, medical nutrition therapy, and counseling for high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Wabash County – Jo Ann Kieffer was nominated by the Southeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Kieffer began as Director of the Wabash County Senior Center 27 years ago, after serving as Activity Director for several years. She is also the Supervisor for Wabash County Nutrition Services at the center, and works to serve an average of 3,500 meals a month. According to her nomination,

Kieffer, is the "answer woman" for any questions coming into the center, and, "if you visit the center, you might find Jo Ann scrubbing floors, washing walls, serving meals, leaving to deliver meals, completing Circuit Breakers, leaving to take someone to the doctorís office or listening to someoneís problem."



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