‘Celebrating Life’ event to honor caregivers

Published Oct 31, 2017 at 4:00pm

WHITESBORO — Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care and the Greater Mohawk Valley Community Elder Wellness Council, Inc., will host the “Celebrating Life” event on Thursday. The program will take place from 5-9 p.m. at Hart’s Hill Inn on Clinton Street.

Tickets to the Celebrating Life Event are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. June Hanrahan may be contacted at 315-768-3615 (jhanrahan@ocgov.net) for further information on the event to raise funds for services and supports for older citizens of Oneida County. 

For information contact Office for the Aging/Continuing Care Director Michael J. Romano at 315-798-5456.

This year to add to the celebration and in honor of National Family Caregiver Month, Caregiver Awards will be presented in three separate categories. Each of the categories and the recipients represent an essential support and are often the unsung heroes/heroines of the community.

The winner of the “Community Caregiver Award” is Judy Galimo of Utica. The award is given to a person whose work spans across multiple populations and is considered to be an advocate on behalf of those who are older or those with special needs. 

It is presented to someone who volunteers their time and is often thought of by others as a community leader. Galimo was described as a “positive role model, a community caregiver and a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, sister and caregiver, as well as a strong businesswoman, advocate and community-centered citizen.”

The co-winners of the “Professional Caregiver Award” are Joy Barry, director of Nursing Services at Colonial Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Rome, and Jane Devecis of the Activities Department at the Presbyterian Home.

This award is given to a paid health care professional who is employed in a hospital, nursing facility or home care agency. The honoree is someone who colleagues believe provides exceptional care.

Barry was nominated by Sarah Paparella because of her “dedication, fervor and compassion for the residents at Colonial Park.”

Devecis, who has worked at the Presbyterian Home for 42 years, was nominated by the “Rose Garden Ensemble” of Rose Hospital.

The winner of the “Informal Caregiver Award” is Bob Biscomb of North Bay, who is the primary caregiver for his wife. The award is given to an unpaid caregiver, usually a family member, friend or neighbor, who volunteers her or his time willingly to help an older person living at home.  

Biscomb was nominated by Melinda Ruiz.