Senior Citizen Of The Year Nominations Being Accepted

Contact: David Dekker (517) 373-4082
Agency: Community Health

April 12, 2007

The Michigan Department of Community Health's Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) is joining with the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging (CSA) and the Michigan State Fair to honor two individuals, age 60 or older, for their valuable contributions on behalf of others.

"These awards are presented every year to recognize special older adults for their contributions to our state," said Sharon Gire, OSA Director. "The example they set is an inspiration to others, and they deserve to be recognized."

The 2007 Senior Citizen of the Year Awards will be focused on the two categories of leadership and service. They recognize leadership in the community and service to others, and they highlight contributions made by those age 60 and older to civic and social life. Selections will be determined primarily by service or leadership contributed during the past year and honorees will be recognized at the 2007 Michigan State Fair.

Nominees must be age 60 on or before July 6, and all nominations must be submitted by an organization. A presiding officer of the organization must sign the nomination. Nominees can be employed at the time of the nomination, but will be judged on service or leadership in unpaid positions.

Award recipients will be invited to attend an awards ceremony that will take place on Senior Citizens' Day this summer at the Michigan Fair in Detroit. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, please go to www.michigan.gov/miseniors or call (517) 373-8230.

Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, July 6 and should be sent to: 2007 Senior Citizen of the Year Award Program, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, P.O. Box 30676, Lansing, MI 48909-8176.