Kodiak’s Senior Center director has received a prestigious award for her decades of work for Kodiak’s elderly. Pat Branson is the recipient of the Founder’s Award, which is given to one person each year by the National Council on Aging and the National Institute of Senior Centers. Branson received the award in person at the annual conference in Washington D.C. on March 29th.
Maureen Arsenault, the program manager for the National Institute of Senior Centers, said Branson was honored partially for her commitment to senior services, high standards and community involvement.
Branson said the award belonged to the Senior Citizens of Kodiak’s board of directors and the staff at the senior center as much as it did to her.
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In addition to serving on national senior organizations, Branson was appointed by Governor Parnell to the Alaska Commission on Aging and the governor’s Coordinated Transportation Task Force. She is also on two Providence Health Systems boards.
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Branson says there are plenty of projects in the future for her and activities with the senior center:
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Branson was one of six people from around the nation in contention for the Founder’s Award. She was nominated by Marianne Mills, the director of senior services at Southeast Senior Services in Juneau.