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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

  Elder Services of Merrimack Valley                          ABC Home Healthcare

  Greater Boston Home Health Care                           All Care VNA, Hospice & Private Duty

  Greater Lynn Senior Services                                  Caribbean Foundation               

  Hebrew Senior Life                                                 Friendly Care, Inc. 

  Home Care Alliance of MA                                       Mystic Valley Elder Services 

  Mass Home Care                                                    Providers' Council            

  North Shore Elder Services                                     Seraphic Springs Health Care

  NSCAP Homecare

  Old Colony Elder Services



         Platinum Level                                                    Door Prize Drawings Donors

  Anodyne Homemaker Services Corp                        Anodyne Homemaker Services Corp       

  Associated Home Care                                           Best Of Care, Inc. 

  AARP Massachusetts                                              Bethany at Home

  Best Of Care, Inc.                                                 Capitol Services International

  Home Care, Inc. & Home Health VNA                      Home Care Inc. & Home Health VNA

  Medical Resources Home Health                              Home Health Resources

  Multicultural Home Care 



2017 Celebration Photos

2016 Celebration Photos



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