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September 28, 2017 Susan C. Real, 309-533-3232
Agency on Aging Announces Award for Leadership
BLOOMINGTON – The East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging (ECIAAA) announces the recipient of the Dr. Arthur H. Larsen Leadership Award for 2017.
The Leadership Award is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing programs, services, and opportunities for older persons in East Central Illinois. The Leadership Award is named in honor of Dr. Arthur H. Larsen who served as the first Chairperson of the ECIAAA Corporate Board in 1974.
The 2017 Dr. Arthur H. Larsen Leadership Award recipient is Dee Braden, Executive Director of the Coles County Council on Aging. Ms. Braden received the Award in recognition for her extraordinary leadership, vision and service to the Illinois Aging Network as illustrated by the following achievements:
Orchestrated passage of the first countywide property tax referendum in Illinois to fund services for older adults;
Development of the LifeSpan Center, a multi-purpose intergenerational facility; and,
Long-term advocacy to enhance the quality of life, dignity, self-fulfillment and health for older adults in Coles County.
ECIAAA is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 and designated by the Illinois Department on Aging to serve older persons and family caregivers in a 16-county area. ECIAAA is funded with grants of federal Older Americans Act funds and Illinois General Revenue Funds through the Illinois Department on Aging. Together with 21 community programs on Aging, ECIAAA provides a wide range of services for over 18,000 older adults and 1,300 caregivers annually.