Oliver Awarded Senior Citizen of the Year

Contact: Karen Carroll (517) 373-8230
Agency: Services to the Aging, Office of

August 28, 2006

In cooperation with the Michigan State Fair and Consumers Energy, the Michigan Commission and Office of Services to the Aging have selected Bob Oliver of Adrian as one of two Senior Citizens of the Year for 2006. Mr. Oliver was selected the winner in the category of Service. He will be honored today at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit.

Bob Oliver, 73, is a vibrant and dedicated volunteer for numerous organizations in Adrian. He serves as Vice-President of the Advisory Board for the Adrian Senior Center and helps with all Center activities. For a number of years, Oliver has been a driver for the Meals on Wheels program, providing homebound seniors with a nutritious meal. He also devotes his time to take other older adults who are unable to drive to their medical appointments.

As someone who has fought his own battle with cancer, Oliver has dedicated himself to helping others by facilitating a men’s cancer support group. He is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and is a strong pillar of support for his family. “Mr. Oliver sets an example for all of us on the importance of staying active and involved in our community,” said Sharon L. Gire, Director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. “His impact on local seniors is tremendous and it is an honor to be able to honor him as Senior Citizen of the Year.”

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award Program is a long-standing partnership between the Michigan Commission and Office of Services to the Aging and the Michigan State Fair. Consumers Energy has supported the awards program for many years. Each winner received a congratulatory letter from the Governor, a certificate of congratulations from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, and a plaque from the Michigan State Fair. This year, each winner was surprised with a $500 award from Consumers Energy.