Senior Citizen of the Year honored at the State Capitol

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan 2017 Senior Citizen of the Year, Gwen Tulk of Kalamazoo, was honored today at the Michigan State Capitol during Older Michiganians Day for her outstanding community service work.

Tulk, who turned 100 years old last month, began her volunteer work in 1982 helping the local Meals on Wheels program by delivering meals to frail and homebound older adults. She participated in the program for more than 30 years and recently came out of retirement at the age of 99 to deliver meals and raise awareness about the importance of the program.

In addition to her volunteer efforts in the Meals on Wheels program, Tulk also volunteered for Every Child By Two, a non-profit health advocacy organization that is dedicated to protecting children from diseases through the promotion of vaccinations.

"This year’s Senior Citizen of the Year, Gwen Tulk, has demonstrated over her many years of service an unwavering dedication to helping those who are vulnerable or in need,” said Aging & Adult Services Agency Deputy Director Richard Kline. “Our agency is honored to have the opportunity to celebrate Gwen today and to recognize her contributions to her community and the state of Michigan.

Each year the Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging accept nominations from across the state and select an older adult to honor for their outstanding volunteerism and their contributions to their local community.

Individuals who are age 60 years or older are eligible to be nominated for uncompensated work performed in the community. Each winner receives a congratulatory letter from Gov. Rick Snyder and $1,000 from Consumers Energy, which is an award partner.