Daily, thousands of older adults volunteering throughout Jefferson County impact the lives of numerous individuals through their volunteer involvement throughout Jefferson County and one of these volunteers is Colorado Senior Lobby Board Member and Past President Ed Shackleford.
In May of this year, Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) and Jefferson County Council on Aging (JCCoA) sponsored the Jefferson County Senior Heroes Award which celebrated the efforts of Jefferson County’s older adults who volunteer to make their communities a better place to live.
The 2019 Senior Heroes event celebrated 11 older adults who volunteer to make their communities a better place to live. The event Emceed by Jim Benemann of CBS4 News honored Ed Shackleford along with Linda Beshore, Steve Dalrymple, Juel DeCicco, Ruth Wasilchin, Pat DeVorss, Lois Fentress, Gary & Judy Harty, Bonnie Hayes, Lois Weber and of course Ed Shackleford.
Ed Shackleford was honored for his work as a special advocate for older adults. Ed was the chairman of Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL) for 4+ years and is now a CSL board member. Ed stepped into CSL a 39 year-old all-volunteer, non-partisan, statewide organization with the mission of advocating for older adults at Colorado’s state legislature and worked diligently to grow the organization and its outreach. Ed’s diverse background as a C.P.A., construction firm owner, Realtor and volunteer all contributed to his success in the organization. Then and now, Ed tirelessly attends committee hearings at the Capitol and town hall meetings reminding all that the number of older adults 75+ will double in Colorado within the next 20 years. One often hears Ed say, “We need to learn how to keep older adults in their own homes where it is cheaper to care for them and would be fiscally responsible for the state as well.”
At the event Ed was also given a congressional award from Colorado Congressional Representative Ed Perlmutter, 7th district for his work with Colorado Senior Lobby and CSL’s Capitol Hill Gang. This award is a certificate of special congressional recognition of Ed’s outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
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