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Nominations are now open!
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 27, 2020

Click here to review our Awards Program Brochure

Click here to submit your online Award Nomination

The nomination period for the 2020 LeadingAge Florida Awards Program is officially open until Friday, March 27th at 5 PM ET. You may submit nominations using the online nomination form.

The LeadingAge Florida Annual Awards Program honors the great work that our member communities, their staff, volunteers, leadership, and residents perform on behalf of Florida’s seniors. This year’s theme is Together, We Shine! and we are offering you more opportunities to honor and showcase your staff. Caregiver of the Year and Employee of the Year are now individual categories. Caregiver of the Year will honor excellence in direct resident care. Employee of the Year will celebrate outstanding work by a support staff person. We are also offering a brand new category for Emerging Leader. The Emerging Leader award will recognize an individual in the early or mid-stage of their career who is assuming expanded leadership responsibilities in an organization. 

Award categories are organized to encourage the following types of nominees:

  • Those that exemplify achievement in all areas of aging services;
  • Those who have served with distinction in their current positions;
  • Those that have pioneered an innovation or contributed to furthering social responsibility; and
  • Those who focus public attention on the many activities and achievements in LeadingAge Florida member communities.
We ask that each of you look around your community and identify members of your team who deserve recognition and celebration.

Submitting a Nomination
  1. Review the eligibility criteria for each Award Category.
  2. Prepare a one-page letter in PDF format describing the reasons you are nominating the person or team. Be sure to include the nominee's name, community name, and award category at the top of the page. Your letter should include an introduction of your nominee; reasons why the nominee is deserving of this award; and specific examples of how the nominee meets the award criteria described in the Award Program Brochure. Please be clear and concise, including measurable results where possible. You will be asked to attach these PDFs when completing the online nomination form.
  3. The Award Selection Committee will consider up to three letters of support from people with direct knowledge of the nominee’s merits. A letter of support should be no more than two pages in length and should include an introduction of your relationship to the nominee; reasons why the nominee is deserving of this award; and specific examples of how the nominee meets the award criteria described in the Award Program Brochure. You will be asked to attach these PDFs when completing the online nomination form.
  4. Complete the online nomination form.
  5. Members may submit as many nominations as they deem appropriate and may nominate themselves.
Award Categories
Only one award will be presented in each of the following categories.

Advocate of the Year
Honors a member who champions public policy that advances the field of aging services. The nominee must demonstrate:
  • Deep understanding of the legal, public policy and regulatory environment;
  • Outstanding ability to communicate with local, state and national policy makers and media about public policy issues that affect the nominee’s community and fellow providers; and
  • Leadership in crafting and promoting the Association’s public policy priorities.
Caregiver of the Year
This category celebrates outstanding direct care staff members. The nominee must demonstrate:
  • Extraordinary dedication;
  • Stellar Customer Service;
  • Outstanding direct care
  • Commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents of a member community.

Emerging Leader
Celebrates an individual at the early or mid-stage of their career who is committed to professional growth as a leader and who has assumed in the last five years expanded responsibilities within an organization. The nominee must demonstrate:

  • Growling leadership role within the organization;
  • Commitment to professional development for future leadership opportunities within the field of aging services;
  • Development of robust relationships both within and outside of the organization;
  • Demonstration of the highest standards of professional conduct and practice;
  • Ability to mentor and encourage the professional growth of others.

The recipient of the Emerging Leader award will receive an automatic acceptance into the next LeadingAge Florida Leadership Academy Class of Fellows.

Employee of the Year
This award category recognizes an outstanding support staff member at a LeadingAge Florida member community. The nominee must demonstrate:

  • Extraordinary Dedication;
  • Stellar Customer Service;
  • Outstanding Performance; and
  • Commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents of a member community.

Excellence in Collaboration
Honors a member community for outstanding achievement by a team within their campus, or through contributions to their broader communities. The nominee must demonstrate:

  • Extraordinary achievement on campus or within the broader local community;
  • Exceptional collaboration/teamwork among staff and/or among local community leaders.
Executive of the Year
Honors a CEO, executive director, administrator or manager of a member community. The nominee must demonstrate:
  • The highest qualities of leadership;
  • Willingness to mentor others; and
  • Innovation and significant contribution to the work of LeadingAge Florida.
Innovation Award
Honors an individual or group of individuals from a member community who have developed programs and services that are models of excellence, innovation, and best practices. The nominee must demonstrate that these programs and services:
  • Provide documented benefits to the residents, clients, or organization;
  • Have the potential for replication in other communities; and
  • Have been in operation for at least six months.
Resident/Volunteer of the Year
Honors a resident, resident organization, or non-resident who volunteers at a LeadingAge Florida member community. The nominee must demonstrate work or service that:
  • Enhances the quality of life for residents;
  • Preserves dignity, well-being, and independence of residents; and
  • Demonstrates the mission of the member community in a number of ways.
Service Coordinator of the Year
Honors a service coordinator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to residents. The nominee must demonstrate:
  • Innovative programming and supportive services;
  • Creative problem-solving; and
  • Genuine concern for each resident’s well-being.
Trustee of the Year
Honors a volunteer who has served with distinction on the board of a LeadingAge Florida member community and has demonstrated a significant contribution of time and effort for the betterment of the community and its residents. The nominee must demonstrate a body of work that:
  • Fosters public understanding of the community and supports positive change;
  • Conveys information to consumers and policy makers about quality of care and life;
  • Is noteworthy and merits recognition; and
  • Shows breadth and scope of public impact and community benefit.

Questions?
Please contact Kasey Anderson at KAnderson@LeadingAgeFlorida.org
or (850) 702-0316.

Past Awards
For a complete list of past award winners, please click here.
To view feature videos of past award winners, please click here.

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