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DHS news release

July 27, 2004

Contact: Jane-ellen Weidanz, DHS, (503) 945-6444, (1-800) 282-8096

Governor's Commission on Senior Services seeks nominations for 2004 intergenerational awards


The Governor's Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) is calling for nominations for its intergenerational awards ceremony on October 20. The GCSS celebration will honor outstanding intergenerational programs and individuals who work with these programs. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, August 25.

"Everyone benefits when you bring children and seniors together," says GCSS Chair Dolores Hubert of Gresham. "Intergenerational programs help children improve school performance, boost self-esteem and help them understand and appreciate the legacy seniors have created for them. When children work with seniors, older members of our communities feel less isolated and are more connected to their surroundings."

Awards will be presented in five categories:

  1. Intergenerational Programs with Seniors Serving Children will recognize at least one program for outstanding and innovative efforts that have contributed to intergenerational activities between seniors and children and enhanced community participation of seniors.
  2. Intergenerational Programs with Children Serving Seniors will recognize at least one program for outstanding and innovative efforts that have contributed to intergenerational activities between children and seniors and enhanced children's understanding and appreciation of seniors.
  3. Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of Seniors and Children will recognize at least one advocate or advocacy organization for outstanding work in legislative or policy advocacy that has improved intergenerational relationships, policies and activities between seniors and children.
  4. Outstanding Child Volunteers will recognize at last two children -- under age 18 -- involved in intergenerational activities that have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to their volunteer work.
  5. Outstanding Senior Volunteers will recognize at least two seniors -- over age 60 -- involved in intergenerational activities that have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to their volunteer work.
An individual, business, agency or organization may submit nominations. Nominations must be typed on the official nomination form and may be returned by email, fax, or mail. Supportive materials and letters of support may be attached.

Nominations must be received in the GCSS office by Wednesday, August 25, 2004 to be considered.

To download the nomination packet with forms go to the GCSS 2004 Nominations for Intergenerational Program page on the DHS Web site.

Please submit each completed nomination packet to:

Governor's Commission on Senior Services
500 Summer St., N.E. E02
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (1-800) 282-8096 (Voice or TTY) or (503) 945-6833 (Voice)
Email: sherry.l.whitehead@state.or.us
Fax: (503) 373-7832

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services is a state commission consisting of volunteers appointed by the governor and two legislators. The commission is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life of older Oregonians by working to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.