Clark County recognizes that older adults are valuable contributors to the vitality of this community. To encourage and support older adults for their contributions to their communities, the Clark County Commission on Aging established the Silver Citizen Award program to recognize older adults who go above and beyond in service.
The recipient of the 2020 Silver Citizen Award is Evelyn Hallett. Ms. Hallett is 93 years old, is a long-time resident of Vancouver, and has served as Commissioner on the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners since 2014. Evelyn participates as an active member by engaging with other service providers and advocating for adequate housing for those in need. She uses her seat at the VHA Board to speak about the current lack of affordable housing and encourages the Board and management to stay engaged and help solve the housing crisis. Evelyn also volunteers with FISH, Meals on Wheels, is a hostess at Luepke Center, and does a lot of volunteer work with Veterans.
The award presentation will take place remotely via Webex at the commission’s Wednesday, November 18 meeting at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend virtually or by phone. Meeting details will be posted to the commission’s meeting page, https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging-meetings, no later than a week before the meeting.
The award recognizes the valuable contributions older adults make to the vitality of the community and is open to any county resident 65 years or older who has enhanced the community through their life’s work, engagement of others, volunteerism, and/or selfless acts of service to the community for any age group. Service in any field of endeavor will be considered (e.g., education, radio, television, business, healthcare, art, music, journalism, faith-based, athletics, politics, volunteer service). A couple may receive the award jointly when both have been involved in service and various community endeavors.
The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.