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2011 Outstanding Advocacy Award: Seniors Resource Center

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Published on Oct 15, 2011

Seniors' Resource Center is dedicated to advocating for aging services at the local, state, and national levels. SRC advocates at the State Capitol, is active in multiple advocacy groups, supports legislative community events each year, conducts tours of the agency for elected officials, and presents organizational information to city councils and study sessions.

SRC measures success in both effort and outcome. The high level of interest, collaboration and effort, by not only SRC staff, but also other organizations and supporters, is vital to its advocacy. This is evident in community events, meetings, and even phone calls by volunteers to legislators and consumers. Outcomes are equally as important, as witnessed during the November 2010 election.

The SRC Board of Directors voted to oppose Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. These measures prompted SRC to advocate for Colorado seniors who would have been harmed if critical services were lost. The three measures were overwhelmingly rejected by voters.

At the forefront of SRC's advocacy is its president and CEO, John Zabawa. He represented Colorado as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and is a leader in the ongoing Silverprint Colorado initiative to create a statewide strategic plan for aging services. In 1996, he traveled to China as a U.S. Delegate studying aging issues. He has served on the Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for Transportation Access and Mobility and in 2005 was appointed to serve on Colorado's Senate Bill 173 Long-Term Care Advisory Committee to recommend improvements to the Medicaid long-term care system.

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