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AROUND TOWN: Henjum Accolades to those who work with seniors

April 22, 2018 Updated: April 22, 2018 at 4:25 am
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photo - Senior Resource Council Accolades Awards: Volunteer Award winner Vileen Hostetler. Laurel Manor LPN and volunteer, voice for seniors, Extended Care Ethics Committee.
041118 Photo by Linda Navarro
Senior Resource Council Accolades Awards: Volunteer Award winner Vileen Hostetler. Laurel Manor LPN and volunteer, voice for seniors, Extended Care Ethics Committee. 041118 Photo by Linda Navarro 

The memory of the late Joe Henjum, co-founder and past president of the Senior Resource Council, was honored with the naming of the annual Senior Accolades for the nonprofit's tops of the year.

Henjum's son represented the family at the luncheon April 11 at The Mining Exchange.

After retiring from the Air Force as a colonel, Henjum was general manager of Cheyenne Place and a busy volunteer with The Home Front Cares, Colorado Commission on Aging and the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs.

The Joe Henjum Senior Accolades Volunteer Award recipient was Vileen Hostetler, called "a voice for our seniors." She's an active and vocal part of the El Paso/Teller Counties Extended Care Ethics Committee, her nomination said. Hostetler, an LPN at Laurel Manor for more than 10 years, became a volunteer for 24 more years, speaking up "for what we older people want from our last years."

Other volunteer nominees were Bob LaHair, Namaste Alzheimer Center; The New Century Big Band; and Oral Allen, a 100-year-old, 22,000-hour, 25-year volunteer with Penrose-St. Francis.

The Business/Organization Accolade went to Amazing Care Home Health and President and CEO Arthur Lowry. The nomination read by emcee Jon Karroll pointed to a business model that "the company will accept indigent patients with no payer source for a time, to allow them to receive services they need and to help them find a long-term solution to their situation."

Honored with the Legacy Award to a Business Professional was Brandy Hatten, called the do-everything person at Voyages Adult Day Center who builds a strong rapport with families. She can even be see driving the bus when needed. She's the mother of a son with disabilities and, on weekends off, helps the senior homeless population, her nomination said.

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