|Posted by Anne Siren on April 4, 2013 at 6:40 AM|
By Judy Wilson
Northeast Broward – Five citizens, influential in Northeast Broward, have been tapped for the Senior Hall of Fame along with six other residents of Broward County. They will be inducted at a May 10 breakfast at Diamante’s in Tamarac.
Chosen this week by a committee headed by County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, the new honorees are State Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed, 72, Deerfield Beach; Broward North Auxiliary President Josephine D’Espies, 89, Lighthouse Point; CEO of Broward Health North Pauline Grant, 62, Parkland; NE Focal Point volunteer Bill Giroux, 76, Pompano Beach; and former Wilton Manors City Manager Dr. Bob Levy, 70, Plantation.
Also named were June and John McCarthy, 60-plus, of Coral Springs; Judge Art Birken, 64, Plantation; Sandra Harris, 71, Fort Lauderdale; Margaret Reilly, 78, Tamarac; John Primeau, 60, Cooper City.
Clarke-Reed serves a state house district that encompasses much of North Broward and before that was a Deerfield Beach City Commissioner for 12 years. She was the first black woman to be elected president of the Broward League of Cities. In Deerfield, she initiated a summer employment and mentoring program for youth. As a state legislator, she works in areas of health care, affordable housing, youth development and senior services.
D’Espies began her volunteer work at the Coral Door Thrift Shop in 1990. When the shop closed, she continues to dedicate her time to Broward Health North and works five to six days a week, 12 hours a day as president of the hospital auxiliary and buyer for the hospital gift shop. Through her efforts, over $600,000 has been raised to buy emergency and operating rooms equipment.
Besides her demanding job CEO of Broward Health North, Grant volunteers with multiple non-profits, especially the Areawide Council on Aging, United Way Committees and the John Knox Village Board, and the American Lung Association. Her leadership skills set a positive example for others to follow and she is always available to advise friends and associates regarding health and welfare issues.
Giroux has given 12 years to the N.E. Focal Point serving on the CASA, Inc. Board of Directors. He has headed up special committees, most notably the Cuisine of the Region fundraiser and the annual Focal Point Auxiliary fashion show. He first became involved when his mother attended the Focal Point’s Adult Day Care Center and now continues to donate items for the Center’s “wish list.”
Levy, is now town manager of Pembroke Park and has been dedicated to helping Broward’s senior residents for over 20 years. He is presently 3rd vice president of the Areawide Council on Aging Board of Directors. In Plantation, he serves as a councilman. Dr. Levy organizes local blood drives and raises funds to save the lives of retired greyhounds. He also serves on the BSO Regional Domestic Security Task Force.
The McCarthys are volunteers who have for the past 20 years meshed t heir healthcare business with the local social service arena. She is active in the Elder Service Resource Network, Impact Broward and the Aging and Disability Resource Center, provides educational sessions for seniors and volunteer organizations. He devotes his talents to Hospice Care, delivers medical equipment and is involved in charity events benefitting the elderly.
Judge Art Birken has been a member of the Areawide Council on Aging Board since 1982 and has volunteered his knowledge of the law to serve Broward’s elderly population. He is an ardent advocate for animal adoptions and works closely with the Humane Society and Greyhound Protection League. His interpretation of legal guidelines has become a valued resource for the staff and board of the Council.
Harris as served as executive director of the Broward Legislative Delegation for last decade and shares his knowledge with professionals and grass roots activists who have needs relating to government. She volunteers for Broward Days, the groups that brings county concerns to the legislature and served on the board of ChildNet where she has spearheaded a graduation ceremony for teens making educational progress. She participates with NBC6 Forever Families and is a graduate of Leadership Broward where she co-chairs committees for subsequent classes.
Reilly volunteers at the Northwest at Focal Point Senior Center three days a week and knows every client by name. Since 2000, she has averaged 15 hours a week serving snacks, playing games and chatting with clients. The staff there say her patience and compassion knows no bounds.
Primeau services are a dozen boards in Broward including Women in Distress, United Way, Barry University Advisory Council, Memorial Healthcare Systems, the Broward Partnership for the Homeless. An office for Florida community Bank, Primeau also served as mayor of Davie in the late 70s.
Tickets to the breakfast are $35 and can be obtained from Cheryl Morrow, Aging and Disability Resource Center, 954-745-9567.