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Nominations are now open!
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29, 2019

Click here to review our Awards Program Brochure

Click here to submit your online Award Nomination

The nomination period for the 2019 LeadingAge Florida Awards Program is officially open. The nomination period runs from February 22 to Friday, March 29 at 5 PM ET. Please note that this year all nominations must be submitted 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 “Recognize, Reward, Replicate” and is intended to provide an opportunity to share innovations and best practices among member communities. Additionally, two new awards have been added this year - Advocate of the Year and Excellence in Collaboration – to recognize our members’ outstanding advocacy efforts, and to highlight the exceptional teamwork that is necessary to care for seniors at member communities and in your broader local communities.

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

  • Those that exemplify achievement in all areas of aging;
  • 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.
Please take the time to acknowledge an individual, team or organization that has made significant contributions across the continuum of care.

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/Employee of the Year
This category is open to all LeadingAge Florida members. The nominee must demonstrate:
  • Extraordinary dedication;
  • Stellar Customer Service;
  • Commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents of a member community.

Distinguished Service
This is LeadingAge Florida’s most prestigious award. It is presented to a member community or individual who has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of elders at the state level. The award will only be presented if the Awards Committee determines that extraordinary service has been rendered by the nominee.

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 (formerly Best Practice)
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.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual member with a body of work that has provided LeadingAge Florida and the state with significant and transformative leadership in aging services. The person selected for this award is a visionary leader and builder – someone who has made remarkable contributions to the field and has positively impacted and advanced the aging services field.

The nominee must demonstrate:
  • Imaginative leadership and exceptional service to LeadingAge Florida;
  • Accomplishment of significant goals in the industry for 30 years or more; and
  • Cumulative achievements that are notable and worthy of state recognition.
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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