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DHS news release

October 20, 2004 Contact: Jane-ellen Weidanz, Legislative and Advocacy Coordinator, (503) 945-6444


Outstanding advocates and programs for seniors receive 2004 Governor's Commission awards

At an annual recognition ceremony, October 20, the Governor's Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) honored several outstanding individuals and organizations for their advocacy work with seniors and for working to bring children and seniors together to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.


Among the awards was the Brad Bayliss Longevity Award presented to John Brenne of Pendleton in appreciation of his 17 years of service to the Commission, dedication and hard work on behalf of Oregon's seniors.


"John's experience working with volunteers, living and working in rural Oregon and being an elected official in Pendleton has provided the Commission invaluable insight into the needs of Oregonians," says Dolores Hubert, GSCC chair. "In addition, he has actively worked to ensure that the state plan ahead for the future needs of baby boomers and the special needs of ethnic minorities.


"John's contribution to the Commission will be long lasting and his impact on the quality of life for older Oregonians will be even longer lasting."


The award is named for Brad Bayliss, an active participant on the Commission well into his 90s, and was first given to Bayliss in 1999 for his many years of service.


In addition, the Commission honored committee member and mental health professional Pat Andeen for her exceptional work on behalf of Oregon's seniors in need of mental health and addiction services; and outgoing Commission member, Mariana Bornholdt for her advocacy and outstanding work on senior mental health issues.


Other GCSS service recognition awards were presented to:

  • Ray Bedwell, Volunteer with the RSVP program, Medford
  • Ruthanne Bullock, Volunteer with Girl Scouts, Columbia River Council
  • Ashleigh Callier-Wells, Volunteer working with seniors through Self-Enhancement Incorporated, Portland
  • Krystle Dietz, Volunteer working with seniors
  • Donna Fox, Volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
  • Norma Joyce, Volunteer with the Oregon Youth Authority
  • Christel Kilpatrick, Volunteer with the Urban League Senior Center, Portland
  • Travis Sango, Volunteer with the Urban League Senior Center, Portland
  • Dorothy Todd, Volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program, Klamath Falls
  • OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program, Eugene
  • Clackamas High School
  • Kids and Music, Salem

The GCSS is a 21-member advisory panel mandated by Oregon statute. Members are appointed by the presiding governor for three-year terms that may be repeated. The GCSS believes that bringing together children and seniors can enrich the quality of life of all Oregonians.