Knabe honors 22 Outstanding Older Americans

outstanding-gil.jpgSignal Hill’s 2007 Outstanding Older Americans, Chan Brainard and Gil Griego, were honored last week by Supervisor Don Knabe (4th District) along with 22 other volunteers from the District at the 42nd Annual Older American’s Recognition Day Awards Program luncheon.
On hand to honor the Signal Hill pair were Vice Mayor Michael Noll, Parks and Recreation Commissioners Louise Cunningham and Denise Damrow among others.
Brainard and Griego, founders of the Skyline Garden Club, reportedly take at least an hour out of their day to keep Signal Hill litter free by picking up trash around the hilltop, including the trails and parks. They are active members of the Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts and are instrumental in its fundraising campaign.
Both men assisted with the concession stands during the Summer Concert Series, selling raffle tickets, snacks and drinks. They distribute flyers promoting upcoming cultural art programs and have their house open to anyone interested in seeing their museum of antique fire fighting equipment and literature.
outstanding2.jpgAlso recognized were Long Beach 5th District residents Bea Antenore and Dr. Jeanne Bader, former chairwoman of the Cal State Long Beach gerontology department.
Antenore has contributed more than 30 years of service throughout Long Beach, serving on advisory boards, commissions and task forces to address the needs of older adults. Currently, Antenore is an active member of the League of Women Voters and the Long Beach police chief’s Senior Advisory Committee.
“I am so proud of Bea and know that she deserves this recognition for the selfless work that she continues to do, especially now that she is in her 80s,” said 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske.
Bader has been an active member of the Long Beach Agencies and Programs of Agining for more than 10 years, and has trained countless numbers of students and Long Beach residents on the importance of identifying and meeting the needs of older adults.
Both women have been actively involved for more than six years on the Planning and Implementation Task Force for the Long Beach Strategic Plan for Older Adults. The plan is the city’s road map to meet the needs for resources and services for the growing elder population of persons 85 years of age and older.
The theme of this year’s awards was “Older Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *