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A few months ago, we asked you to submit your nominations for our Longest-Tenured Employee Contest, corresponding with this year's Annual Meeting theme of "Inspire, Serve, Advocate."
We were delighted to receive 350 entries since the contest opened in July, and are proud to announce our top 3 winners. Each of these dedicated people will be flown out to Denver as our guest to the Annual Meeting and we will celebrate them on stage at the opening general session, where more than 5,000 people are expected to attend.
Our Grand Prize Winner is Nora Morant, who is a Linen Aide at LeadingAge member Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She has served Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for 63 years, starting in 1949 at the age of 17 as a housekeeper. She is currently 80 years old and is still working there; in fact, she just stepped down as president of the union. Nora's achievement has been recognized in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
For her years of hard work, LeadingAge is rewarding her with a trip including 2 days of tours of Denver, airfare for her and a guest, and a presidential suite in one of our official hotels, and the opportunity to meet our opening general session speaker, Desmond Tutu.
She will also be the guest of honor at a LeadingAge PA reception.
In order to apply, nominees had to have been employed at the same company for more than 30 continuous years. We feel that everyone who has achieved that level of service should be celebrated; thus, we are acknowledging everyone who was nominated in some way.
In addition to our 3 top winners, we are awarding honorable mentions to those who have served more than 40 years and more than 30 years. Those who have served more than 40 years will be featured on individual signs decorating the hallway leading to the opening general session at our Annual Meeting.
The names and organizations of those serving more than 30 years will appear on a SERVICE display located near the general session. Both groups will receive a lapel pin and a certificate in the mail.
Congratulations to all of our winners! Your years of hard work and dedication provide inspiration to us all.