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The 2015 AWARD
and Emily Robarts, Palm Beach County, Florida—For
the past 17 years, an outstanding elder person living year-round
in Florida has received the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award
for statewide advocacy efforts demonstrating vision and leadership
regarding the future of the growing elder population in Florida.
This year, for the first time, the award goes to a pair of
advocates from Palm Beach County. [read
THE C. COLBURN
HARDY OLDER ADVOCATE AWARD
501(c)(3) organization, the
purpose of the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award is to
recognize volunteer leadership in programs for older Americans,
with an emphasis on statewide advocacy for older persons.
The award has been given
annually to a year round Florida resident who has consistently
made significant contributions to policies or programs and
services for older Americans in the State of Florida. The
recipient advocates, in both the private and public sectors, for
services and programs for elders and demonstrates vision,
advocacy, and leadership regarding the future of services for
Florida’s growing elder population.
advocacy and why do we reward such action?
The CCH Older Advocate
Award is about how one person can focus on important issues and
develop coalitions and public-private partnerships to influence
public policy, either legislative or administrative changes.
It is about going to
Tallahassee and walking the Halls of the legislature and making
sure that your voice, on behalf of others, is heard. It is about
educating the aging community and one’s elected officials about
what is needed and important at the County and District and
community level. It is about making your views and voice heard.
It is about promoting what is needed to ensure that Florida’s
seasoned citizens are considered in deliberations just as
equally as its youth and working adults.
influence of public policy is not only at the State governmental
level, it is also throughout one’s community where a business
executive makes a difference in the lives of aging Floridians by
participating on a Community Board of Directors, where a local
physician contributes advice to the aging network, where a
hospital executive provides leadership in a community…it
is a person who leads the way in a community and
throughout the State to achieve a new or positive change that
will make a difference in the lives of all senior Floridians …
That’s what advocacy is!
In June, 1998, friends
and family of Coly Hardy in conjunction with the Florida
Foundation on Active Aging, established a special award in
memory of one of its founding Board members, C. Colburn Hardy of
West Palm Beach.
Coly Hardy was a former
New Jersey State Legislator, community leader and author of
numerous publications. He wrote more than 35 financial
books, including co-authoring Social Insecurity: The
Crisis in America’s Social Security System, and How to
Plan Now for Your Own Financial Survival with his daughter
Dorcas Hardy, former U.S. Commissioner of Social Security.
Hardy was also a long
standing member of the Florida Council on Aging, an active
supporter of the Area Agencies on Aging, a member of the Pepper
Commission and the White House Conferences on Aging, as well as
a volunteer legislative lobbyist.
It is in
his honor and the memory of his spirit, service, and
accomplishments that the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award
Contact: Dorcas Hardy: