2021 Honoring Excellence Award Winners

Honoring Excellence is LeadingAge Illinois’ award program that recognizes member providers’ staff and organizations that put quality first, deliver excellence and inspire others to do the same. The Honoring Excellence program is about communities recognizing that “something special” in their staff and wanting to publicly commend them for doing more than what is expected in their daily responsibilities. As well as recognizing and honoring an organization for its outreach to the greater community beyond the provider’s own walls or core mission.

Seven exceptional individuals and one community were celebrated for their dedication, exemplary work and admirable achievements at the Honoring Excellence Awards presentation that was held during the 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. These award winners were recognized for putting quality first, delivering excellence in their work or outreach, and inspiring others to do the same.

Watch the full awards presentation from the 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo celebrating all Honoring Excellence Award winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 Honoring Excellence Award winners!

Heart & Hands Award
Recognizes an individual both at the frontline and management staff level who embrace person-centered care and service through efforts that go above and beyond. This person recognizes opportunities to create personalized experiences and acts on those opportunities creating an enhanced experience for the resident.

Heart & Hands Frontline Award winner
Rose Naval, The Admiral At The Lake

Heart & Hands Management Award winner
Mary Cole, Embark at Niles

Rising Star Award
Recognizes an individual on both the frontline and management level who has demonstrated an extraordinary performance within their first 12 months of employment. These individuals have established a robust enthusiasm for the field of aging services from the very beginning of their time in the organization.

Rising Star Frontline Award winner
Amanda De La Matta, Friendship Village

Rising Star Management Award winner
Emily Neustadt, King-Bruwaert House

Strive & Thrive Award
Celebrates individuals both at the frontline and management levels who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to excellence. Through innovation and creative thinking, these individuals have significantly impacted a resident or the organization.

Strive & Thrive Frontline Award winner
Nadine Zelle, The Admiral At The Lake

Strive & Thrive Management Award winner
Deborah Hart, Montgomery Place

Leadership in Action Award
Honors those individuals whose actions and leadership greatly enhance the work environment and the quality of life for their colleagues and residents.

Leadership in Action Award winner
Mary Leary, Mather

Community Impact Award
Given to an organization for participation in outreach to the greater community beyond the organization’s own walls or core mission.

Community Impact Award winner
The Admiral At The Lake
for their program, ‘Trash to Treasure’