Brooks Kelley, of Traverse City, received the IMAGIN Volunteer of the Year Award at the 23rd annual Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic Information Networks (IMAGIN) Conference. Kelley devoted many hours to the IMAGIN organization over the past year.
IMAGIN is a nonprofit GIS professional development organization providing educational and networking opportunities for its members.
PEACE Ranch received a $5,000 grant from the Oleson Foundation for Hug & Groom, a free, family oriented, agriculturally based education program. Hug & Groom has received national recognition through EAGALA, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and serves more than 1,500 people per year.
Local Long Term Care Ombudsmen from two northern Michigan Area Agencies on Aging are being awarded the 2014 National Area on Agencies on Aging Association (n4a) Aging Achievement Award for promoting innovative practices in long term care through Best Practices of Northern Michigan. Local Ombudsmen, Nancy Turner, Region 10, and Sharon Greenhoe, Region 9, co-facilitate the Best Practices of Northern Michigan group. Recognition is for their efforts supporting culture change in long term care by hosting annual educational conferences and for facilitating an additional 12 learning collaborative trainings for nursing home staff in partnership with the Pioneer Network, a national organization committed to transformation of the culture of long term care.