Presbyterian Senior Living Caregiver, Volunteer Win Top Honors for Service to Pennsylvania’s Seniors

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Quincy Village Volunteer and St. Andrew’s Village Caregiver Earn Distinguished Service Awards from LeadingAge PA

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“Our staff and volunteers are what truly makes our communities so special and allows us to provide the highest level of care to everyone we serve,” said Steve Proctor, CEO of Presbyterian Senior Living

LeadingAge PA, an association representing not-for-profit senior care providers, presented two Distinguished Service Awards to a caregiver and volunteer with Presbyterian Senior Living. Christopher A. Florence, a volunteer at Quincy Village, was named Volunteer of the Year and Bonnie Boring, a Certified Nursing Assistant at St. Andrew’s Village, was named Direct Care Caregiver of the Year.

The designations are awarded to individuals that enhance the field of aging services throughout their involvement, innovation, leadership or advocacy, as well as personal and organizational generosity.

“Our staff and volunteers are what truly makes our communities so special and allows us to provide the highest level of care to everyone we serve,” said Steve Proctor, CEO of Presbyterian Senior Living. “We are all incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment to service that Christopher and Bonnie have brought to Presbyterian Senior Living.”

Christopher Florence, of Waynesboro, has volunteered more than 3,200 hours at Quincy Village since 2008 despite having mixed cerebral palsy and being wheelchair bound. Each Thursday and Friday, Florence warmly greets residents of the continuing care retirement community, helps them complete their daily menus and attend community functions. He regularly speaks at events in the greater community about his life and challenges to help foster understanding of handicapped individuals by example. Florence was named Volunteer of the Year in recognition of his work to enhance the quality of life at Quincy Village.

“Christopher has made an incredible impact at Quincy Village, and despite any challenges he has, he is ever the optimist,” said Hope Lambert, executive director. “His presence and attitude in the health center are contagious, and wherever he goes, he leaves behind big laughs and awareness about our own contributions, our own obstacles and the way we live our lives.”

Bonnie Boring, of Indiana, has been with St. Andrew’s Village as a certified nursing assistant for more than 25 years. She was recognized by LeadingAge PA as Direct Care Caregiver of the Year for modeling commitment to compassionate care. As an evening nursing assistant, she works with residents with cognitive impairment in the memory support neighborhood.

“At St. Andrew’s Village, we have been fortunate to see and benefit first hand from Bonnie’s dedication, perseverance and respect,” said Brian Parks, executive director. “Bonnie has a special ability to maintain dignity for residents and comfort for families, offering support and a shoulder to lean on. She is very deserving of this honor.”

For more information about Presbyterian Senior Living, visit http://www.presbyterianseniorliving.org.

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