Garry Belizaire, Geriatric Support Services Coordinator of Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) won this year’s “Above and Beyond Award” at the recent Senior Whole Health (SWH) conference at Lombardos in Randolph.
The conference, which is in its second year, celebrates the partnership between Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) and SWH. All of the South Shore area ASAPs were represented as well as many others around the State. Executive Directors, Geriatric Support Service Coordinators (GSSCs) and their Supervisory staff were in attendance. The conference covered topics such as how to be effective when assisting elders and their families from cultures that may be unfamiliar to ASAP and/or SWH staff.
SWH presented a number of recognition awards to the ASAPs at this event and Mr. Belizaire was recognized as this year’s GSSC who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
“As Garry’s supervisor, I had a tall order summarizing all Garry’s good deeds into a one page document. Simply put, Garry loves serving the elders in his case load and does a phenomenal job. Garry certainly deserves the award,” noted Barbara Kosovske of OCES, Garry’s supervisor.
OCES and Bristol Elder Services were recognized with agency awards at the first SWH conference.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers such as Family Caregiver Support; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services and Home Care.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in 23 towns in Southeastern Massachusetts:
Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 140 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org