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The LeadingAge Florida Annual Awards Program acknowledges the great work residents, employees, volunteers and member communities on behalf of seniors in our state.  The program highlights initiatives, best practices, individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in serving elders through leadership, care, service innovation and outstanding contributions to their communities in the fields of long-term care; affordable and supportive housing; retirement housing; and assisted living or home and community-based services.who embody excellence in leadership, care, and service innovation, and who are making outstanding contributions to their communities in the field of long-term care, affordable and supportive housing, retirement housing, assisted living or home and community-based services.

The following types of characteristics should be considered when submitting a nomination:

  • Those who exemplify achievement in all areas of aging services;
  • Those who have served with distinction in their current positions;
  • Those who have pioneered innovation or contributed to furthering social responsibility; and
  • Those who focus public attention on the many activities and achievements in LeadingAge Florida member communities.

Nominations are now open. 

The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2019!

So, think back over the last year and consider nominating an individual, organization or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of housing/retirement communities or long-term care for seniors. We want to recognize and reward the people and organizations that have contributed to the success of your organization.

Nomination Process

If you prefer to submit an electronic nomination form, click here.

As part of your nomination please email up to three letters of recommendation for your nominee to Kasey Anderson

A nominee must be a member of LeadingAge Florida through a community, firm, aging organization, or resident/council. Previous nominations that were not awarded may be re-submitted.


Please submit your online Award Nomination form on or before

March 29, 2019.

Awards Presentations:

Many of the awards will be presented during LeadingAge Florida's 56th Annual Convention and Exposition, July 22 - 24, 2019 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Award Categories

Only one award will be presented in each of the following categories.

Best Practice Award:

This award recognizes an individual or group of individuals from a LeadingAge Florida member community who have developed programs and services that are models of excellence, innovation, and are best practices at work. These programs or services must:

  • Provide documented benefits to the residents, clients or organization;
  • Demonstrate the potential for replication in other communities; and
  • Have been in operation for at least six months.

Click here to view the 2018 Best Practice Award video.

Caregiver/Employee of the Year Award:

This award category is open to all LeadingAge Florida members. The nominee must demonstrate:

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

Click here to view the 2018 Employee of the Year Award video.

Distinguished Service Award:

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

The Distinguished Service Award was not awarded in 2018.

Executive of the Year Award:

This award is presented to the CEO, executive director, administrator or manager of a member community who demonstrates:

  • The highest qualities of leadership;
  • Willingness to mentor others; and
  • Innovation and significant contribution to the work of LeadingAge Florida.

Click here to view the 2018 Executive of the Year Award video.

Lifetime Achievement Award:

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who, through his or her body of work, 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.  Individuals whose organization(s) are members of LeadingAge Florida are eligible for this award.  To be considered, nominees:

  • Must have provided imaginative leadership and exceptional service to the Association;
  • Must have accomplished significant goals in the industry for 30 years or more; and
  • Nominee's cumulative achievements are notable and worthy of state recognition.

Click here to view the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award video.

Resident Council/Volunteer of the Year Award:

This award is presented to a resident, resident organization or non-resident who volunteer at a LeadingAge Florida member community.  It recognizes the value of a volunteers who:

  • 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.

Click here to view the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award video.

Service Coordinator Award:

This award recognizes a Service Coordinator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to residents through:

  • Innovative programming and supportive services;
  • Creative problem-solving; and
  • Genuine concern for each resident's well-being.

Click here to view the 2018 Service Coordinator Award video.

Trustee of the Year Award:

This award is presented to a volunteer who has served with distinction on the board of a LeadingAge Florida member home and has demonstrated a significant contribution of time and effort to the betterment of a not-for-profit community and its residents. 

Click here to view the 2018 Trustee of the Year Award video.

Past Award Recipients

For a complete list of past award recipients, please click here.

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