Colorado Center for Aging (CCA) is dedicated to raising the voice of older Coloradans and connecting the network of aging interests throughout the state with policy makers.
During Older Coloradans Month in May 2020, CCA presented public service appreciation awards to the following people for their significant efforts to advocate for, support and protect older Coloradans in 2020.
- Senator Joann Ginal
- Senator Jessie Danielson
- Representative Mary Young
- Kathleen Melendy, aide to House Speaker Alec Garnett
- Jarett Hughes, Governor’s Office
- Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado Department of Public Health
Here are the details of how these six people advocated for older Coloradans in 2020:
Senator Joann Ginal: We deeply appreciate and applaud your efforts to consistently advocate for the many issues of importance to Older Coloradans. We recognize that you take the extra effort to frequently remind your colleagues to remember older people in their debates on legislation. Colorado Center for Aging applauds your efforts and leadership in the Legislative Caucus on Aging.
Representative Mary Young: We deeply appreciate and applaud your advocacy for the many issues of importance to Older Coloradans. We recognize that you are one of a few voices among the 100 who genuinely care about helping the older people in our state. Colorado Center for Aging applauds your efforts and leadership in the Legislative Caucus on Aging.
Senator Jessie Danielson: Thank you for your consistent leadership on issues of importance to Older Coloradans. You have taken the initiative on several occasions to conceptualize, introduce, and guide important legislation relating to our aging population. Colorado Center for Aging applauds your work and appreciates your genuine willingness to work with advocacy groups like ours to achieve important objectives.
Dr. Rachel Herlihy: Thank you for your sorely needed steady and informed guidance and presence during the pandemic. This award is to acknowledge that your many long days and nights have not gone unnoticed by Older Coloradans. Colorado Center for Aging applauds your efforts.
Jarett Hughes: Thank you for your passionate devotion to the health and well-being of Older Coloradans. We deeply appreciate your efforts to elevate the many contributions and the ongoing issues of aging in Colorado within our state government. Colorado Center for Aging applauds your efforts.
Kathleen Melendy: This award is both an expression of our gratitude to you in your role as advisor to the House Speaker and an “extra-mile” recognition for your help in coordinating the House tribute to Colorado Senior Lobby this session. Colorado Center for Aging applauds your efforts.
All of us at the Colorado Center for Aging thank these six people for their dedication to older Coloradans!