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Eight individuals and organizations from across Minnesota were recognized for their work in improving and enriching the lives of seniors and people with disabilities at the 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference held June 17-18 in Duluth.
This year marks the most nominations ever received for awards in the categories of service, community, innovation and policy.
“The 2013 Odyssey award winners are excellent examples of individuals and organizations coming together to better serve aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities and their caregivers,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “It is wonderful to see the difference these people and organizations are making in their communities.”
Three awards were given in the service category, which recognizes an organization or individual that has promoted exemplary practices, services and/or advocacy for older Minnesotans, people with disabilities and their communities. The 2013 service award winners are:
In the community award category, two individuals were recognized for improving policies, services or quality of life practices for elders, people with disabilities and their communities. The 2013 community award winners are:
Two awards were given in the innovation category, which recognizes an organization or individual that has championed innovations in direct services, coordination of services, and community-based partnerships, and increased the resilience, interdependence and quality of life for elders, people with disabilities and their communities. The 2013 Innovation Award winners are:
In the policy award category, one organization was recognized for demonstrating public policy leadership resulting in improved quality of life for elders, people with disabilities and their communities. The 2013 Policy Award winner is:
“We can all learn from and be inspired by the exemplary work of these award winners,” said Don Samuelson, chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
The Odyssey Conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging, focused on aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities and caregivers and services that support them.