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Malley, Torre awarded for work with seniors


Al Malley of Palm City and Joe Torre of Stuart, ombudsmen with The Treasure Coast Long Term Care Ombudsman Council, were recently presented Golden Choices awards for their volunteer work. Torre and Malley were recognized for their leadership in programs for older Americans, with an emphasis on advocacy for older persons.

Florida’s network of services for elders depends heavily on the contributions of thousands of volunteers, and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs recognized more than 50 of its most outstanding volunteers for their dedication in working with elders across the state. The awards were presented during the 14th annual Golden Choices celebration, the department’s statewide volunteer recognition forum to honor volunteers who work to better the lives of the state’s 4.2 million seniors.

“The Department relies on more than 45,000 volunteers, most of whom are seniors themselves, to help create an environment where elders can thrive and prosper,” said Secretary E. Douglas Beach. “We couldn’t do our job without their unwavering commitment to helping Florida’s seniors.”

The recognition event was conducted during Florida Volunteer Week, part of the longer Florida Volunteer Month proclaimed by Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet. During the two-day Golden Choices event, volunteers attended informational workshops on different aspects of volunteering and healthy activities.

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