Past Award Winners

Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award

Year Winner
2018 Lynn Riker – The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care
2017 Leilani Joven Pelletier – Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease
2016 Michael Olear – Olear Realty Group, Inc.
2015 Charles Battaglia, Jr – Kenmore Tonawanda Meals on Wheels
2014 Bonnie McMorrow, Meals on Wheels & Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action
2013 Laura Mondello, Schofield Residence
2012 Helen Ferraro-Zaffram, Esq, Legal Services for Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged Volunteer Program, Amherst Senior Center
2011 Robert Chur, President and CEO of Elderwood Senior Care
2010 Toby Laping, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.
2009 John W. Kinner, Health Association of Niagara County Inc.
2008 Beverly A. Kubala, RN, Geriatric Care Managers of WNY, LLC Schofield Adult Day Health Care Program
2007 David Dunkelman
2006 Mary Ellen Walsh, M.S. W., Executive Director, Amherst Center for Senior Services
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Program of Excellence Award

Year Winner
2018 University Express Project: Patricia Dowling of Erie Co. Senior Services
2017 The Pride Center of WNY, Inc.- Silver Pride Project
2016 Rural Transit Service
2015 United Church Home Society Senior Wishes
2013 The Burchfield Penney Art Center Early Diagnosed Alzheimer’s Program
 2011  Alzheimer’s Assocation, Western New York Chapter Silver Alert Initiative
2008  Schofield Adult Day Health Care Program
 2007 The MultiDisciplinary Coordinating Council on Elder Abuse
 2006  People Inc. Senior Housing
 2005 Erie County Caregivers Coalition
 2004  Meals on Wheels of Buffalo and Erie County’s Home Delivered Meals for the Elderly
 2003 The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc.
 2002 Senior Employment Program/Supportive Services Corporation
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Jerry Flaschner Humanitarian Spirit Award

Year Winner
2019 Tara Simpson – Wheatfield Commons and Sonya LaPaglia – Park Creek Senior Living
2018 Chelsea O’Hara – Alzheimer’s Association of WNY and Lauren Simonsen – Community Concern
2017 Megan Pohzehl – Schofield Care
2016 Nicole Macholz – Park Creek Senior Living
2015 Marjorie Schillo and Jayani Cure – Heritage Centers
2012 Katherine Kenwell Cich
2009 Michael Olear, MSW
2008 Richard Gehring, LCSW – Meals on Wheels for WNY
 2007  Rev. Dr. Bill Wipfler
 2006  Leonard S. Sikora – Western NY Zone of Retired Teachers
 2006  Charlotte Shedd, Founder of Hospice Buffalo, Sarah Stimm, Compeer of Greater Buffalo, Donna Keith-McCain, Founder of Home-Link Medical