ESSENCE OF LIFE
A WEEK OF CELEBRATION
MARCH 21-28, 2021
Thank you to all who attended our Essence of Life Awards Program and joined in the Auction. We are honored to share this week of celebration with you and grateful for your support. Please enjoy the honoree stories below. Have an idea for our next Inspirational Senior? Submit your nomination!
ElderHelp Making A Difference
TEX CORNWELL AMBASSADOR AWARD
Kristen seeks challenges and finds solutions. As owner of Keepsake Companions, Kristen embraces and supports the needs of older adults in our community, not just as a business, but as a passion. “I see no boundaries,” cites Kristen when asked about helping seniors. “We have to work together as a society to take care of all people.” Kristen’s advocacy for older adults has epic impact with global reach–through ElderHelp, through legislative involvement, and through relentless efforts to create a better world for all.
As one of 11 children, Michele was raised by parents who believed in serving. After retiring from a career in systems engineering, Michele joined ElderHelp’s volunteer team as a friendly visitor, Seniors A Go Go driver, and office volunteer making check-in calls on Friday mornings. Overhearing staff discuss implementation of a new software system, Michele jumped in to help—giving us more time with clients and helping us work more efficiently.
Honoring a rich tradition of respect for elders, The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians supports local seniors. We are grateful for a 20 year partnership that spans program support, volunteer service, and in-kind donations that directly improve the lives older adults.
Enlisting at age 17, John’s service to country as a US Marine spanned 30 years. He fought in three wars, came home, earned a Master’s degree from SDSU, and built a life in San Diego as a CPA. But ask John about his astounding accomplishments, and he’ll humbly tell you that he “had nothing better to do.” Lee Covell, John’s former employer–now friend and companion—is honored to support this hero who lives independently in his home.
Gifts of Loving Donors
Founded on the principles of Philanthropy, Friendship, & Community, the G.O.L.D. Diggers set out to make “Gifts Of Loving Donors” to San Diego’s most vulnerable populations. From a core group of just four women, they’ve donated over $715,000 over the past 25 years to worthy causes San Diego causes. We at ElderHelp are honored to be one of them. Through their famous “Hats Off” events, they build community awareness and raise not only valuable funding, but also the spirits of everyone they encounter.
CYNTHIA HANSEN MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
As ElderHelp’s Program Coordinator, Cynthia had a gentle, yet direct approach to making sure seniors received the vital services they needed. Honoring her memory, we’re recognizing Gilbert Olson a client who loves and appreciates his rides through Seniors A Go Go and the friendly visitors who spend time chatting about times gone by.