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    Have you ever witnessed a person or organization making a positive impact on older Floridians?
    Now you can do something ... Recognize Them!


    Make time today to acknowledge an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to a senior’s quality of life. Nominate them for one of the most prestigious awards in Florida’s professional aging network – the Quality Senior Living Awards (QSLA).

    Who can submit a QSLA nomination? You! Anyone can nominate a person or organization for an award. Simply read the criteria for each award and think about people or organizations that deserve to be recognized.

    How to Submit a Proposal:  Submit below. All proposals must be submitted electronically by May 21, 2021

    Package for Award Recipients:  Each winner will receive the following package, valued at more than $400 • Personalized plaque commemorating the presentation of this award • Complimentary Full Conference Registration • One (1) night’s lodging at the event hotel (if the conference is held in-person, does not apply if the conference is held virtual) • Complimentary individual membership in the Florida Council on Aging for one (1) year.

    When will QSLA winners be recognized? Recipients of the 2021 Quality Senior Living Awards will be honored Tuesday, August 10th during the 2021 FPL Florida Conference on Aging Awards Presentation.

    When will QSLA winners be notified? Award winners will be notified by June 30, 2021.

    Purpose of the QSLA:  To recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have improved the quality of life of older Floridians.

    General Criteria for QSLA: The accomplishments of the individual or organization should:

    • Benefit Florida’s older adults and
    • Be deserving of statewide recognition


    Award Categories:  All nominees must meet the general criteria stated above and the specified criteria stated for each category below:

    • Service to Seniors by an Organization Award: The nominee must be a business, private or public organization that does not have service to older adults in Florida as its primary focus. The description of the organization’s activities must reflect the monetary value and/or human capital (volunteer or staff time) associated with the services provided to seniors. Organizations can nominate themselves.

    • Senior Vision Media Award: The nominee must be an individual or organization that has created a media product promoting a positive image of aging. Examples: advertisements, books, posters, billboards, special news coverage, videos, radio and public service announcements and social media.

    • Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding FCOA Member Award: The nominee must be an FCOA member in good standing, who has demonstrated service and support of the Florida Council on Aging, and whose activities on behalf of older adults in Florida reflect a high level of individual commitment or high standard of organizational excellence. Nominees may be individuals or organizations (nonprofit, public or for-profit).

    • Public Service Award: The nominee can be a volunteer of any age in Florida, in which the area of service can include: seniors in service to seniors, youth in service to seniors or seniors in service to youth. Nominee can be an individual or organization.


    Questions: Contact FCOA by phone at (850) 222-8877 or by email at [email protected].




    Public Service Award
    Clarence Faucett, Largo

    Service to Seniors by an Organization Award
    Highlands County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Sew You Care, Avon Park


    Senior Vision Media Award
    SAGES Theater Inc. (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services), Clearwater

    Click here to view the
    2020 FPL Quality Senior Living Awards Presentation




    Dr. Carter Oserbind Outstanding FCOA Member
    Susan Ponder-Stansel, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Jacksonville

    Public Service Award
    Judith Mathewson, Melbourne


    Service to Seniors by an Organization Award
    Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical, Pensacola

    Senior Vision Media Award
    Sonya Dunbar, The Geriatric Toothfairy, Jacksonville



     Dr. Carter Osterbind
    Outstanding FCOA Member Award

    Charlotte McHenry, Senior Connection Center, Tampa


    Public Service Award
    Mary Bartoshuk, LaBelle


    Service to Seniors by an Organization Award
    Glades County Public Schools, Moore Haven


    Senior Vision Media Award
    Life Enrichment Center, Tampa