Farmington Hills honors six senior volunteers

The Farmington Area Commission on Aging and the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department Adults 50 & Better program honored six senior volunteer during the annual Volunteer Breakfast held on April 4.

More than 200 attended the event, which was held at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.

Farmington Senior Volunteer Award Winners
2019 Award Winners, from left: Robert Show, Diana Lis, Tim Surma, Rolland Walt, Nena Atkins, Von White (City of Farmington Hills)

The Community Commitment Award, a new category this year, was presented to Tim Surma, Manager of Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Farmington Hills. It honors a community-based organization or business that goes above and beyond to serve older adults in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Diana Lis and Von White received the Gold Award, given to volunteers 50 years or better. Lis volunteers for the Xemplar Club, Xemplar Foundation, C.A.R.E.S., and the American Legion Auxiliary as a bookkeeper, and also organizes the Cancer Knockout Fundraiser. White has volunteered for 20 years with Hospice of Michigan as a companion and provides respite visits for the families.

Rolland Walt, a volunteer with WXYZ-TV’s Call for Action and Jewish Vocational Services, received the Margaret Loridas Diamond Award, given to an individual 75 years or better.

These three awards provide the Farmington Area Commission on Aging with the opportunity to recognize and honor the outstanding volunteerism exhibited in the community. Honorees are active volunteers in Farmington and/or Farmington Hills.

In addition, two awards were presented to volunteers who work within the Adults 50 & Better program.

The Loretta C. Conway Senior Division Award was presented to Nena Atkins for volunteering five years in the Senior Transportation Department, Nutrition Program, and Special Events at the Costick Center. The Aldo Vagnozzi Spirit Award went to Robert Show, a dedicated Meals-On-Wheels driver for more than 20 years.

Anyone interested in volunteering with senior programs may call 248-473-1830 to learn more.

Press release