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Annual Home Care Aide Celebration

Another year of great success honoring our home care industry workers!  



Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Council’s 47th Annual Home Care Aide Celebration on November 16th in Boxboro! Over 200 home care staff joined together for this spectacular event that honors the work of home care aides across the Commonwealth.  


This year’s event began with congratulatory remarks by EOEA Secretary Alice Bonner.  We extend our sincere thanks to Secretary Bonner for joining us for this important annual event. Following the Secretary’s remarks, Wendy Wollner provided an inspiring and humorous keynote address entitled, “Lightening Your Life With Laughter.” 


The Council’s Award Ceremony, led by Program Committee Chair Patricia Probst, recognized home care aides who have worked for their agencies for 10 years or more, providing special recognition to aides who have worked for their agencies for 25 years or more. Our Celebration Booklet recognized over 1,000 home care aides who have worked for their agency for ten or more years.  In addition, 108 of these aides had worked that their agency for 25 years or more. We also offered special recognition to the home care agency with the largest attendance at our Celebration this year.  Congratulations to Medical Resources Home Health.  34 home care staff from their agency attended our event this year!


Following our service awards presentation, this year’s award presenters were introduced and the following award recipients were honored:

  • Jennifer Parker from Seraphic Springs Health Care received the Effie Chalmers Waddell Home Care Aide award presented by Mary DeRoo from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • Phannee Johnson from Porchlight Home Care received the Hilda LaRocca Home Health Aide award presented by Michael Festa from AARP Massachusetts
  • Zalman Meltzer from Independence Healthcare received the Verlean Foster Home Care Aide award presented by Patricia Yu from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • Rose Foran from Bethany at Home received the new Selma Cohen “Rookie of the Year” Home Care Aide award presented by Rebekah Lashman from Commonwealth Corporation
  • Anita Wu from Medical Resources Home Health received the Carlene McKenney Scheduler/Coordinator award presented by Al Norman from Mass Home Care
  • Pamela Berman from Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands received the Cathe Madden ASAP Case Manager award presented by Donna Popkin from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging


During the award ceremony, we also took time to recognize Lisa Gurgone, the Council’s Executive Director, for her 15 years of service to the organization and the home care aide workforce. Lisa was presented with a plaque and gifts from the Council’s Board of Directors.


The Council sends our sincerest thanks to the many organizations that served as sponsors for this year’s Celebration:


Silver Level  Gold Level Platinum Level Door Prize Drawings Donors
 Elder Services of Merrimack        Valley ABC Home Healthcare  Anodyne Homemaker Services Corp   Anodyne Homemaker Services Corp
Greater Boston Home Health Care  All Care VNA, Hospice & Private Duty   Associated Home Care  AARP Massachusetts
Greater Lynn Senior Services   Caribbean 
Best Of Care, Inc.  Best Of Care, Inc. 
 Hebrew Senior Life Friendly Care, Inc.  Home Care, Inc.
& Home Health VNA
Bethany at Home  
 Home Care Alliance of MA Mystic Valley Elder Services   Medical Resources Home Health Capitol Services International 
 Mass Home Care Providers' Council   Multicultural Home Care  Home Care, Inc.
& Home Health VNA
North Shore Elder Services   Seraphic Springs Health Care    Home Health Resources
NSCAP Homecare       
 Old Colony Elder Services      


2016 Celebration Photos



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