Bill Larson to Receive Positive Aging Award

TOPEKA – LeadingAge Kansas will honor William “Bill” Larson with the Faye McCoy Positive Aging Award for his tireless dedication to making the Brewster community a great place to live and work. The award will be presented to Larson as part of the Association’s Quality First Awards of Excellence program during their Policy and Leadership Conference on September 27, 2016 in Junction City, KS.

The award is bestowed upon a resident of a LeadingAge Kansas member who sets a positive example of aging in their community. Successful candidates are currently active and engaged in making a positive impact on the lives of others irrespective of his/her physical status.

Larson exemplifies positive aging by his positive outlook on life. Whenever he sees a need in his community, he brings solutions instead of concerns. This tenacity was the driving force behind Brewster’s new Main Street which is a gathering place for residents and the greater Topeka community.

Additionally, Larson embodies excellence in not-for-profit aging-services leadership from a resident's perspective. He has served as Vice President and President of the Resident Council, ex-officio board member, and as chair or member of numerous committees. According to his nomination, “Bill is the kind of guy who sees a problem as a challenge and a deficit as an opportunity for improvement. Bill is truly an exceptional man who has devoted significant time, talent and effort to the betterment of our community, its other residents, as well as staff, family members and visitors.”

“Bill is a true servant leader who demonstrates how to age well for all of us”, states Debra Zehr, LeadingAge Kansas president and CEO.

The LeadingAge Kansas Quality First Awards of Excellence has honored outstanding volunteers, caregivers and innovative aging services providers for 26 years through a partnership with Central National Bank.