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Area Agency on Aging selects Dorothy Thompson as 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Knox County


  Posted on August 23, 2019

Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce Dorothy Thompson has been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Knox County. She and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 22 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.

Thompson was nominated by Pastor Idoine and Danville United Methodist Church. In the nomination he shared that she graduated from Danville High School and has lived in the Danville area all her life.

Dorothy has been very active in her community and her church all her life. She has served continuously for years and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Lions’ Club, Interchurch and The Sanctuary. Dorothy was instrumental in founding Interchurch Social Services in Danville in 1995. She has been involved with the Danville Hot Meals Program since 1998, and she currently drives a weekly route delivering meals throughout the area. Dorothy also coordinates the efforts of the six churches that volunteer to help with the Danville Hot Meals program. “Dorothy is not just a good worker, she is a good leader” stated Pastor Idoine.

Dorothy is strong in her faith and in her commitment to her family, her church and her community. She has always been involved in multiple organizations that work for the good of the Danville community, as a leader and as a worker, doing anything that needs to be done. As you can see, at 88 she is still active in many roles and sets a wonderful example for her fellow senior citizens. One member of her congregation described her as “an awesome, loving, caring, beautiful soul!”

Bill Pursel, Knox County Commission and Thom Collier Knox County Commissioner joined Dorothy and thanked her for her contributions to the community.

Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.

There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)

Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.

Additionally, the following residents of Knox County received the 2019 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony: Don DeMarco, Jon Dunham, Bill Kline, Mary Marti, Bob McIlvain, Ron Melick and Krista Swan.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.