Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that its longest serving volunteer, Julia Weaver, was presented with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award for service by the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Commission on Services to the Aging and Consumers Energy.
The award is given annually and it recognizes older unsung heroes in the state who help make their local communities great places in which to grow up and grow old.
Cindy Robison, HGB administrative secretary, coordinated the nomination for Weaver on behalf of the hospital.
"Julia is my inspiration to be more positive with those around me," Robison wrote. "Julia will turn 91 in June and she is still just as active in volunteering as ever. Nothing slows Julia down."
Weaver began volunteering at HGB in 1955. She currently volunteers two days a week greeting visitors, guiding family members to patient rooms, and assisting clinical departments with errands and more. She has the longest record of volunteer service at HGB with more than 17,000 hours. Additionally Weaver consistently raises fund and supports many other organizations such as the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. She also participates in several food drives and blood drives throughout the year.
"As a volunteer, Julia’s commitment to our HGB team, patients and community has been exemplary," said Matt Rush, FACHE, HGB president and CEO. "Her warm, caring spirit has brought joy to those she has served and, while she has already been a part of our family for almost 60 years, we look forward to many more."
Weaver was presented her award Tuesday, June 4, at the State Capitol during 2013 Older Michiganians Day.